Spidey makes a welcome return to the big screen

Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Directed by Marc WebbOn paper, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems like the last film we need right now. The reboot of the Spider-Man franchise two years ago already felt too-soon. Three villains make appearances, including one we’ve already seen interpreted on the big screen. And the world isn’t exactly suffering from a lack of superhero films right now. Yet in the face of all of that, director Marc Webb brings the beloved webslinger back with surprising pu … [Read more...]

CAST INTERVIEW: The new Spider-Man digs deeper

It’s easy to feel like you could have been Peter Parker.“He has all of the same problems that we all have – girl problems, money problems,” says Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter and Spiderman in the second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. “But when he puts on the suit, it’s a massive release. He can breathe. Spider-Man always knows the right thing to do – he’s a vessel for good, heroic energy, and saving people.”This selfless instinct makes Peter a praiseworthy hero, yet t … [Read more...]

Win the Internet and Lose Your Soul

Review of The Social Network, Directed by David FincherJeff Hammerbacher, one of Facebook’s earliest employees, once infamously claimed that "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads." That nicely captures the intellectual conceit and littleness of Silicon Valley’s culture. It did not seem to occur to Hammerbacher that minds spent thinking about clicking ads may not be as fine as he thought. Hammerbacher at least had the good sense to add, "That suc … [Read more...]