I know that the cinematic world is short on fresh ideas and critics like to complain about sequels, but some things work as a franchise. And frankly, I think ‘Scream’ is one of them.
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If you want a serious addition to the mind-bending subset of science fiction, you will find yourself disappointed. Keep your expectations reasonable and this jigsaw puzzle of a film will have you thinking for days.
Check out ‘Black Swan’ and the Criterion release of Mike Leigh’s mini-masterpiece, ‘Topsy-Turvy.’ There are a few more of last year’s Oscar contenders for those of you who are still catching up. Once again, a strong week for DVDs.
While one could certainly argue that her true breakout performance came at a later stage in her career, I argue that the role earned by her own strong-willed stubbornness is what made her. And that would be ‘National Velvet’ in 1943.
In case you are just stumbling across Film Misery for the first time, we are in the middle of a David Lean Marathon at the moment (hence the Lawrence of Arabia) image in the banner. So it is only fitting to acknowledge that today, were the filmmaker alive, David Lean would be turning 103.
The Oscar films are starting to hit the shelves. The past month has had plenty of great releases. Now is the time to be buying DVDs.
Her career basically began with a big splash, whose ripples are still present as the ‘Alien’ franchise continues and Weaver’s own career still thrives on the basis of that performance.
March appears to have several promising titles. Some exist as the afforementioned ‘lingering remnants’ of last year, while others are original titles that have been interestingly chosen for an early release.
The film is beautiful and emotionally effective from first frame to last. Although it ocasionally feels rushed in getting to the finish line and is pushed along by some overly expository narration.
The Oscar season is coming to an end, so the DVDs are flaring up. It’s mid-winter and a good time to catch up. There is plenty to go around.
The teaser is thoroughly engaging, unexpectedly lighthearted, and completely different than the theatrical trailer we saw earlier. It also won Alex’s poll in a landslide. So what does this tell us about the film?
‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ is revelatory both in terms of Lean’s career and the war genre.
That said, his particular auteuristic qualities remain consistent after his fourth feature, ‘Brief Encounter,’ which also serves as his first masterpeice and first box-office hit.
From where I am standing, this is looking less and less like a two-horse race. The question then arises, what is film number three?
‘Animal Kingdom,’ ‘Buried,’ and ‘Jack Goes Boating’ are worth watching (if not buying), but this isn’t the week to look for new Blu-Ray releases.
After prolonged speculation as to which actress would get the cherished lead in Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to the massively successful ‘The Dark Knight’ and which character actor-on-the-rise Tom Hardy would play, the announcement came today.
‘The Social Network’ is the buy of the week and it goes the extra mile (or five). If you have a Blu-Ray there is more to check out, it is a week of depressing films, but good ones.
Iâ€™ve said it once and Iâ€™ll say it again, 2010 was an incredible year. And to extend that, it brought with it an astonishing amount of potential talent.
‘Catfish’ is a thrilling expirience and fascinating study of society, while ‘Schmucks’ falls flat. This week has some interesting DVDs but is short of Blu-Ray releases.
2010 was a great year, in my humble opinion and 2011 looks to be pretty fantastic as well. Here is my top ten and a few of the things I am most excited about.