Raising a kid with autism and trying so hard to help him or her is about as tough as things get for most people in this life. So one attraction of zombie fiction for me is that, while the worlds they present may have gone to hell, all the children left are perfectly behaved.
What struck me -- besides the quality of the acting, direction, amazing sets, and excellent effects -- was the theme of faith.
El Boyfo was being sweet. He wanted us "to discover it together." I, on the other hand had little interest in sweet mutual discovery. Our first Prometheus spat launched when he realised that I had no intention of allowing days to go by with me twitching until our iMax trip.
"I married David for better, for worse; but not for lunch!" said the Duchess of Windsor whenever she turned up at the famous Ritz Hotel in Place Vendo...
From the looks of this weekend's massive box-office returns, you probably went to the movies. Perhaps it was for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted?...
Currently in theaters is one of the most mysterious and highly anticipated films of the summer, Prometheus. The Ridley Scott film and its Alien roots, have been dominating internet message-board chatter for months. Was it worth the wait? As a service, we answer every question you could possibly have about Prometheus.
Once Upon a Time and the other stepmother tales suggest that, as a culture, we may still harbor deep anxieties about non-biological mothers.
With Prometheus, those expecting a game-changing science-fiction masterwork will be painfully disappointed. Those expecting merely a top-notch variation on the sci-fi "And Then There Were None" template will be only slightly disappointed.
As an act of cinema, Prometheus is stunningly designed, shot with great purpose in a serious fashion. As a movie, however, it never quite fulfills and I left Prometheus feeling unsatisfied.
Whereas the Grimm version is notable for achieving large effects with minimal materials, Snow White and the Huntsman achieves modest effects with lavish cinematic tricks and a surfeit of embellishments.
Well, forgetting to put the term "entertaining" into the precis for Snow White and the Huntsman may have been the first problem.
Since seeing the Kristen Stewart vehicle earlier last week, I've been kicking around a few questions about the movie -- questions that lingered throughout the weekend. (Well, lingered until I watched Game of Thrones and Man Men -- yowza! Then the questions stopped lingering out of a lack of interest. But, now, it's Monday and linger again they do...)
"Snow White and the Huntsman," Universal Studio's new version of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale, isn't the lighthearted Disney-fied movie you grew up on.
The bad news is Kristen Stewart, whose performance seems transplanted from the Twilight films since she spends so much of both looking either bewildered or angst-ridden with the weight of the world on her shoulders when she isn't running for her life.
Charlize is the star to wish upon. In fact, when she is not onscreen, this movie suffers drastically from tedious, boring, clanging fights and running through disgusting forests and swimming in the dark, through holes in mountains. Ugh!
Snow White and the Huntsman is a failure both as a reinvention and a movie. It earns points for production value, Theron and Hemsworths' respective star turns, and for a promising initial reel that makes promises the film can't keep. But it goes nowhere.