Archive for May 2011

'The Killing' Recap - I'll Let You Know When I Get There

Well.  It looks as if my season-long belief that crazy Wormtail-like Belko would wind up being the killer has been murdered, just like Rosie Larsen so many weeks ago. Or maybe his seeming innocence is just another red herring in a season full of stinky fish.  This show has my head spinning. Let’s get to... Read more »

Trailer Time: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Bootleg Version)

Trailer Time: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Bootleg Version)
The video quality may not be great here – looks like it was recorded in some theater overseas – but the quality of the actual movie is already on full display.  Putting this property in the hands of David Fincher appears to be a stroke of genius.  The Trent Reznor-Karen O cover of Jefferson Airplane... Read more »

Movie Review - Kung Fu Panda 2 (***1/2)

KUNG FU PANDA 2.  92 mins.  PG.  Directed by Jennifer Yuh.  Written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger. Another summer weekend, another sequel.  When the first Kung Fu Panda was released three years ago, I think it caught audiences by surprise.  Though it looked like a broad, one-joke comedy, the actual movie was a beautifully... Read more »

Movie Review - The Hangover Part II (*1/2)

THE HANGOVER PART II.  102 mins.  R.  Directed by Todd Phillips.  Written by Craig Mazin & Scot Armstrong & Todd Phillips. How’s that line go?  “Second verse, same as the first.”  Welcome to The Hangover Part II, folks.  Just last week, in my Pirates 4 review, I discussed one of my least favorite types of sequels:... Read more »

5 Actors in Need of a Reboot

Hollywood is rebooting everything these days, even film franchises that just got the “reimagination” treatment a few years ago like Spider-Man and Superman.   Some actors’ careers could rebooting of sorts as well. Here we go.  Five actors who need to reevaluate what they’ve done to their careers:

Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (**)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.  141 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Rob Marshall.  Written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. Alright, I’m just going to come right out and say it: the first Pirates of the Caribbean was just okay.  Good even.  A fun summer movie.  But not great.  Certainly not worthy of three... Read more »

Writing...With Children -- I'm Coming Out

Last night I came out to my brother and his wife. Not that kind of “came out.”  I came out to them as an aspiring novelist. I’ve been toying with admitting my secret shame to people for a while now.  My husband knows. (He’d have to.  He’s the one who watches the kids when I... Read more »

In Defense Of...Meet Joe Black

In Defense Of...Meet Joe Black
This is the fourth in a series of posts spotlighting the overlooked, underappreciated, and unfairly maligned movies of our time.  Other films given the “In Defense Of” treatment include The Next Three Days, Multiplicity, and Speed Racer. First things first: I’m a sucker for movies in which the main character knows that life as he/she... Read more »

'American Idol' Non-Cap

Consider this my little one woman protest against the train wreck that American Idol has become this season.  No.  Train wrecks are interesting.  What is the dullest possible thing imaginable?  Watching paint dry is too trite.  Watching paint dry while being forced to listen to watered down versions of America’s favorite country/pop/rock songs followed by... Read more »

EW's First Look at Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

What do you think Hunger Games fanatics?  Does this live up to how you pictured Katniss?  Looks pretty cool to me.  A new pop culture behemoth is born!  More pics in the new issue of EW, out May 20.