Archive for June 2011

'The Killing' Recap - Beau Soleil

One episode left and we now know who our killer is…or do we? Ladies and Gentlemen, your murderer is…Councilman Darren Richmond Why it’s him:  His email handle is “Orpheus,” AKA the mythological Greek person who went down to Hades to bring his dead wife back. His wife is dead. He’s been trying to “bring her... Read more »

Movie Review - Midnight in Paris (** out of 5)

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.  93 mins.  PG-13.  Written and Directed by Woody Allen. For those of you curious to check out Woody Allen’s latest based on the overwhelming critical kudos, impressive box office take, and 92% fresh rating on rottentomatoes.com, let me do you a favor: don’t.  Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself though.  If you... Read more »

Movie Review - Super 8 (****1/2 out of 5)

SUPER 8.  111 mins.  PG-13.  Written and Directed by J.J. Abrams. Shrouded in secrecy and hugely anticipated by anyone who cares anything about movies, the new J.J. Abrams-Steven Spielberg collaboration, Super 8, delivers summer entertainment thrills in ways moviegoers haven’t seen in decades.  Super 8 evokes waves of nostalgia for the films you enjoyed as... Read more »
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Super 8 Week: Initial Impressions and Other Blurbs

I finally got to see Super 8 last night.  Expectations were sky high, as I’m sure you all could have guessed.  I’ll post my full review this weekend, but the early verdict?  I loved it.  Super 8 is a great movie, awesome even.  It is (mostly) everything I thought it would be: a loving homage... Read more »

Super 8 Week: The 7 Direct Inspirations

Yesterday, I discussed the Amblin movies that Super 8 is designed to evoke.  However, J.J. Abrams has said in various interviews that he was directly inspired by seven different movies.  Each of these movies inform and influence Super 8, and knowing them should give you an idea of what to expect starting Friday, June 10.  If you’re one... Read more »

'The Killing' Recap - Missing

I accidentally deleted all of my notes from Sunday night’s episode of The Killing.  But that’s OK.  It was pretty much a filler character episode that I probably would’ve loved if it had been broadcast in the beginning/middle of the season, not with three episodes left. Some notes: Kinda loving Holder right now.  If they... Read more »
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Super 8 Week: Amblin Movies of the '80s

One of Spielberg's lesser efforts as a director.  Fairly mundane.
The trailers for Super 8 mark the triumphant return of the Amblin Entertainment logo, which has gone largely MIA over the last two decades.  Amblin is Steven Spielberg’s television and film production company, named after his first commercially-released short film, Amblin’.  For most of the ’80s, while Spielberg was beginning to dabble in more serious... Read more »

Super 8 Week: The Evolution of J.J. Abrams

Super 8 Week: The Evolution of J.J. Abrams
Once in a blue moon, a director comes along whose filmmaking sensibilities line up directly with yours as an audience member.  I don’t write or direct movies, but if I did, I like to think they’d resemble the work of J.J. Abrams.  Having mastered the medium of television, Abrams made the jump to directing feature... Read more »

Ban All These Violent Books Before I Cut a Bitch

Megan Cox Gurdon, apparent Young Adult book reviewer for known bastion of creative thinking, The Wall Street Journal, is clutching her pearls over all the violence and foul language in YA lit these days. She speaks of all kinds of ickiness like cutting and sexual abuse and contests in which young folk fight each other... Read more »
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Super 8 Week: Who's Who In The Cast

If JJ Abrams is behind the camera, you can bet Grunberg is somewhere in the frame.  The two have known each other since kindergarten.  Abrams must consider Grunberg his lucky charm, as Grunberg has appeared at various lengths in Felicity, Alias, Lost, M:I-3, and Star Trek.
The Super 8 countdown continues.  T-minus 4 days now.  Today, I’d like to spotlight the cast.  The marketing of Super 8 has been amazing so far (less really is more), but hasn’t really focused on the actors.  Though it’s full of several recognizable faces, the primary roles are played by youngsters who we haven’t really... Read more »