King Kong (2006)

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A full hour of forgettable, underwhelming set-up introduces us to the key human characters of Peter Jackson's King Kong.That long, humdrum approach to the Main Event - the revelation of the ape - confirms what some have long suspected: that Peter Jackson, who served up those sensational adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, isn't much of a storyteller on his own. As his earlier track record proves, he's a bespectacled spectacle man. When you give him a script that is … [Read more...]

The Most Disappointing Movies of 2005

Since I'm struggling to find ten movies worth recommending in a Top Ten List, I realize now that I'm far more prepared to serve up a different kind of list...THE TOP TEN BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2005 No, not the ten worst movies... but the ten movies that SHOULD have been GREAT.1. THE BROTHERS GRIMM. Terry Gilliam's first bad movie. And yikes, is it awful! If he doesn't get back on the horse and show us he can still ride, Lost in La Mancha's going to look more and more like the … [Read more...]

Specials: Winter Solstice. Undertow. Bortz scratches. Aslan talks. Hobos bite.

I'm back from a bout with the flu, and a couple of days of recovery on beautiful Whidbey Island, surrounded by sun, surf, sand, and DEER... deer everywhere.I wanted to tell you about what I saw last week BEFORE falling ill...I rented two films on DVD that had striking similarities. They were both about men trying to cope with the deaths of their wives while raising two sons.Winter Solstice was one. Wonderful, meditative, beautifully filmed, and relatively overlooked by moviegoers, … [Read more...]

Web debris: Cruise, "Sin City," Leary and Loy on Eastwood and "Closer"

So, here are a few pieces I stumbled across today...A mind-boggling update on director Todd Haynes' spectacularly weird concept for a movie about Bob Dylan. I cannot wait to see this. Haynes said he wanted to capture the many aspects of Dylan's character, and his solution was a "multiple refracted biopic" in which Dylan would be played, among others, by an 11-year-old black boy and a young white woman. I'm Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan, now going ahead via Paramount, … [Read more...]


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