My Thoughts on Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem

My packed holiday viewing schedule continues with second film in the Aliens Vs. Predator crossover series. I didn’t see the first film until after it was on DVD. I never thought that it was a great film, but I also thought that it was better than I thought it was going to be. AVP: R […]

My Thoughts on Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

This year’s holiday season is jam packed with films I’d like to see, so here is the third film I’ve seen within a week’s timespan (with at least one or two more planned before the end of the holidays). This has been a killer year for producer/director Judd Apatow, whose films Knocked Up and Superbad […]

My Thoughts on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd is probably Tim Burton’s darkest film. It is even more dark than Sleepy Hollow, which was released eight years ago (and featured over a dozen decapitations). I would also say that this is probably Tim Burton’s best film so far. He has moved a long way in the 22 years he has been […]

Indie Thoughts: Juno

Earlier this year at the Toronto Film Festival, I remember this film was receiving some good buzz. I would have considered seeing it then, if it wasn’t for the fact that the scheduling conflicted with my own. I think comparison has already been made that Juno seems to be Knocked Up and Superbad merged into […]

My Thoughts on The Golden Compass

6 years ago saw the successful releases (only one month apart) of the big screen adaptations of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Since then, it seems that every fantasy novel is being adapted. Of these adaptations, I believe The Golden Compass is the highest profile release since The Lion, The Witch, and The […]

Indie Thoughts: Margot at the Wedding

I had a lot of choices to see today in my (usually) monthly art house visit. I ended up picking this nice easy to digest film. I thought it was OK, but I also thought that I was probably the wrong gender to properly enjoy it. I wouldn’t call Margot at the Wedding a straight […]

My Thoughts on The Mist

The Mist had two stigmas to content with. First, people can easily confuse the title with John Carpenter’s The Fog (and specifically the 2005 remake, which didn’t do so well). Second, it’s Frank Darabont’s third adaptation of the Stephen King story after successfully adapting The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. My verdict on this […]

My Thoughts on Beowulf

Beowulf was an interesting experiment: take the motion-capture technology used in making The Polar Express and use it to make a more serious epic. I won’t go into the debate about whether or not this film really needed to be made using motion-capture CGI instead of live action, since I’m actually a little tired of […]

My Thoughts on No Country for Old Men

During their career, the Coen brothers went back and forth between dark dramas and comedies. During the 11 1/2 years since the release of Fargo, they really leaned onto the latter with only 2001’s The Man Who Wasn’t There being the only real non-comedy released during that time. As such, you can call No Country […]

My Thoughts on American Gangster

Celebrity sighting aside, what did I actually think of the film? I can definitely say that it is NOT this year’s Departed. It’s not bad film, but I thought it was a very formulaic film. The entire plot goes back and forth between Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe’s stories. The stories don’t even begin to […]