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Sometimes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. When that happens, it’s best to euthanize it. I know you loved the dog. You shared some great memories together. But, really, for the dog’s own good...just kill it. Its parts don’t work right anymore. It limps around, blindly running into the walls of corridors it once knew well, groaning with the unbearable agony of a life too far lived and a death too long denied. You’re in pain watching it. It needs to die. Otherwise, we get things like Little Fockers.
Haunting and beautiful, Black Swan soars. The pursuit of perfection can be a perilous thing. We’re taught to strive to be the best. We can’t be complete until we rid ourselves of all faults. Perfection isn’t just a goal: it’s a moral mandate. Of course, the obvious problem with this message is that we are all defined by our imperfections. None of us are perfect. We’re all flawed.
Like many people this past weekend, I went to see TRON: Legacy. I went into the movie theater with child-like excitement, but left ultimately disappointed. I didn't hate it, but I wanted so much more. I felt the story was actually okay, but big holes and unanswered questions kept it from being the epic it could have been. That being said, I've thought hard about the 5 questions Legacy really should have answered.
With the new Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, hitting theaters this weekend, fans of the beloved book series will undoubtedly be flocking to it. While the franchise so far has been fairly successful, and something most people have looked forward to. However, the series is about to reach an odd stage where what happens in the books just won't work very well on-screen.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 we enter into an ominous landscape fraught with life and death peril. It is a realm that is extremely darker and deals with themes of much more maturity than any of the other films in the Harry Potter universe. Morality, sacrifice, loss, jealousy, doubt, and the testing of the bonds of love and friendship all enter into play. Every character who is fighting against Voldemort (and some who are fighting for him) is stretched to the limit, and everyone has something to lose. The answers that Harry, Ron, and Hermione are looking for as they search for the Horcruxes are elusive and hard to come by, and it seems that Dumbledore has left Harry ill prepared to face the battle he has been destined to fight his entire life. Chase scenes, serious magic and spells, loss and death; it’s all just par for the course in this installment of the Warner Bros.’ blockbuster Harry Potter franchise.
Are the casting, creative choices an epic fail?
As we learn more about Sony's planned reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, the question must be asked: are we just setting ourselves up for more disappointment? Can this film possibly match the hype already surrounding it over a year and a half before it is even released?
Let's take into account where the film stands so far. That means grading each cast member announced so far, as well as a hard look at the filmmakers Sony is entrusting their comic book golden goose to.
First, let me say, this movie came to my attention via one of the nicest publicists I've ever met, Kelly Kitchens. With all of the press contacts I've dealt with I've never had someone send me an email just to say hi. Either way it's a good thing, so when she asked me to take a look at Between Heaven and Hell, I couldn't say no. However, that doesn't mean I'm biased towards it. I choose to review everything I get with the same critical eye.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is a delightful, dark fairy tale of epic scope that has a mythical feel to it. It was directed by none other than Zack Snyder (who will also be directing the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan vision Superman: Man of Steel) of 300 fame, so I knew going in that this movie would have a highly stylized feel and look to it.
Based on the first three books of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, Zack Snyder faced quite a challenge in the telling of this tale. It wasn’t a big surprise to me that this movie had more than just a touch of darkness. It is, after all, a movie about struggle, legends, and triumph; and despite other less than favorable reviews, I really enjoyed this piece of avant-garde cinema.