“Exodus: Gods and Kings” – a shorter take

(20th Century Fox)

 Director Ridley Scott’s imagining of the first half of the Book of Exodus is dramatic and majestic. We meet Moses (Christian Bale) and his “cousin,” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), who have been brought up together. When Pharaoh (an almost unrecognizable John Turturro) gives them almost matching swords and then switches them, he tells both men to watch out for the other. It is the beginning of a sibling-like rivalry that will frame the rest of the story.They go into battle, where Moses … [Read more...]

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is stunning but barely concedes the miraculous

Christian Bale, center, in "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (Twentieth Century Fox)

 A scene from "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (Twentieth Century Fox/Kerry Brown) Director Ridley Scott's most recent epic, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," attempts to tell the biblical story of Moses from about the time he learns he is a Hebrew until he receives the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. It concludes with him as an old man, riding in a cart with the Ark of the Covenant, as the Hebrew people wander in the desert. I use the word "attempt" because the film is an artistic extrapolation of … [Read more...]

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ – a sneak peek and the new trailer!

Exodus-Gods-and-Kings-Poster-Bale-and-Edgerton

Tonight at Fox Studios, Sr. Jennifer and I got to see clips from the upcoming December 12 release, Ridley Scott’s epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”The first scenes they showed us were the usual “sword and sandal” story and battles; Moses was wearing black and riding a black horse; his "cousin" Rhamses (Joel Edgerton) wearing silverish garments and riding a white horse. The conflict is signaled early on. The film became interesting quickly when Moses (Christian Bale) tours the quarries where the … [Read more...]

The Dark Knight Rises

Christian Bale is the Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

 After eight years, Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) has finally rid Gotham of its criminal element, but he conspired to cover up deceased District Attorney Harvey Dent’s crimes and implicated Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) in his murder. Bruce has spent these years as a recluse at Wayne Manor. Now, Bane (Tom Hardy), a masked mercenary, has come to rid Gotham of the dominance of Wayne Enterprises and replace the city’s new civic order with anarchy.Bane targets a nuclear reactor that F … [Read more...]

My Oscar picks and hopes: A few good men lead the pack

2010 was not a particularly great year for mainstream film.Stories about men dominated the films up for Oscars and it is my guess that these will sweep the awards – and deservedly so in terms of art.  Films are often in production for years so there is no real way to balance releases though we know that stories about men dominate – male experiences and points of view (wait until you see the upcoming “The Adjustment Bureau” with Matt Damon or check out the 2009 documentary “Oh My God”.)This ye … [Read more...]

Terminator Salvation

Christian Bale is John Connor in the new Terminator movie (# 4 with the possibility of more to come) that challenges our sense of time in true Termiantor tradition.  Australian Sam Worthington is Marcus Wright. Although he is not a complete new-comer, I didn't know him. I thought he was American until his Australian accent whispered out when he was under pressure (of a really big and bad machine, I think). John Connor ends up leading the resistance against the self-aware Skynet defence system b … [Read more...]


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