Archives for July 2013

Does the Noah Screenplay Sink or Float? Chattaway and Godawa Disagree.

"I don’t want to say too much about it here," says Filmchat film critic Peter Chattaway after reading an early screenplay for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, "because it seems we’ve all read an earlier draft than the one that was used to make the actual film."Nevertheless, in a post of more than 1,700 words, he considers the script's adaptation of the Biblical story and responds to the critiques delivered by screenwriter Brian Godawa (To End All Wars) and Hitfix film critic Drew "Moriarty" McWeeny. … [Read more...]

25 Years Ago Today, Walsh Got the Duke

It's a comedy. A buddy movie. An action movie. A cops and robbers movie.Not the kind of thing I usually enjoy.But from the first time I saw it — on opening day, 25 years ago today, July 20, 1988, at the Lloyd Center Cinemas in Portland, Oregon — Midnight Run has seemed to be a movie of magical chemistry.Robert De Niro is the reckless, sucker-punching, devil-may-care bounty hunter Jack Walsh. (Call me crazy, but this is my favorite role of his). Charles Grodin is the conscientious acco … [Read more...]

July 18: The Gratitude List

Today, I'm grateful for many things. Here are a few of them... … [Read more...]

The Peeps on Turbo

There it is again, on the poster for Turbo:  the facial expression that Dreamworks animators love.And here they are again: Film reviewers I tend to trust, saving me money by warning me off of a Dreamworks animated movie. … [Read more...]

Netflix Brings Back the Coen Brothers’ Most Underrated Comedy

The Coen Brothers' Intolerable Cruelty is, by my lights, their most underrated film.It was almost directed by Ron Howard. It was almost directed by Jonathan Demme. Thank the silly gods of Hollywood, it ended up with Joel and Ethan, even though it wasn't their script.Originally written by Robert Ramsey and Matt Stone, the film never quite feels like a true Coen Brothers concoction. The comedy takes turns toward the crass  and sophomoric, turns that the brothers have never taken in their o … [Read more...]

Why So Serious? Why, It’s My Fifth Dark Knight-iversary!

Five years ago today, I attended a sneak preview with an enthusiastic Seattle audience, and watched this guy for the first time.Complicated, thought-provoking, discussion-starting, well-acted, full of awe-inspiring action sequences, unpredictable... I hadn't seen a comic-book-hero movie as ambitious or as impressive. Nor have I seen one to match it since.  … [Read more...]

The Way, Way Back (2013)

Poor Duncan.He's in the way, way back of the family station wagon, looking out the back window at his past... the happy times, when his family was a unit.What happened to Duncan's father?Why is he on a road trip with his mother and her boyfriend?And why is that volunteer stepfather throwing fuel on the fire of Duncan's insecurities like some kind of pyromaniac?Come to think of it, why is Duncan sitting in the back, facing the places he's been? Maybe he hopes Trent, the … [Read more...]

Five Must-See Movies of the Summer (Including “Stories We Tell”)

July is flying by, and I haven't had time to review all of the films I've seen — the rewarding films or those that left me cold.But to ensure that you don't miss out on the high points of my moviegoing summer so far, here is a quick review of my five favorites. … [Read more...]

It’s a Fourth of July. Enjoy it.

It occurred to me that the Fourth of July was about to pass us by without anybody bothering to post an image of...well...a fourth of July. … [Read more...]

Retraction: The Ron Maxwell Rant Against Critics was a Hoax.

It is with both regret and relief that I post this apology.My earlier post about Copperhead director Ron Maxwell was erroneous.For the first time in more than a decade of blogging, I have apparently been fooled into linking to, and responding to, a fabrication.The speech — which is still posted at Marble Hill Constitution-News — is, according to Maxwell himself (he just wrote to me personally), a fake. … [Read more...]