Was The Lone Ranger doomed by early (and correct) reports that the film is unusually violent for a PG-13 movie, especially one aimed at kids and families? And is the character of Tonto finally allowed to rise above the role of sidekick and noble savage?
Johnny Depp made a name for himself by playing eccentric characters, each more interesting than the last. Lately he's exchanged that legacy for one that's saturated in populist fare and dull executions. What happened to the old Johnny Depp?
This is not your father's Lone Ranger and this is not your father's Disney family film offering.
For the life of me, I just can't figure out whom this movie is for, which is why I find it so fascinating. Before I saw the movie, I just assumed it would be for kids. It is not for kids. (At my screening, I witnessed wary adults lead a mass exodus of children after the villain slices out the heart of a still living human being, then takes a bite.)
The timing couldn't be more ironic, or telling, about how we choose as a nation to frame Native America. It is so much easier to add our $12 to the coffers of Disney and Depp in order to enter the debate about our fantastical American history.
Everything you need to know about this movie can be found in four little words: Pirates of the Caribbean. Everything that was wrong with that series of films is amplified in Lone Ranger.
Pretty much everything went wrong with 1981's The Legend of the Lone Ranger. Most notably: the production slapped an injunction on Clayton Moore (who had played the Lone Ranger for most of its television run), preventing him from wearing the Lone Ranger costume at public appearances. And a hellion named Klinton Spilsbury was hired to play the Lone Ranger (who current "Lone Ranger" star Armie Hammer discusses here), but he turned out to be better at getting into fights on and off the set than he was at delivering his lines. (Infamously, actor James Keach would later redub all of Spilsbury's dialogue.)
I saw "The Lone Ranger" on Saturday with an overflow crowd at the Academy (AMPAS). It ran some two hours and twenty minutes...and rides into the nat...
Thirteen years after my father's passing, I continue to receive fan letters -- not just from the United States, but from all over the world.
This Sunday the thoroughly original, impossibly talented Johnny Depp hits the milestone age of 50. Does this mean he's actually middle-aged? No, it can't be.
We were in Ireland visiting my dear friend Shaun Beary who owns a beautiful rundown horse farm in County Meath. On the last day of our stay we were invited to meet Michael "J.P." Donleavy, author of The Ginger Man.
I've been writing this monthly blog for a few years now, usually focused on new bands that I like and want to bring to your attention. But not this ti...
Every now and then, we pause in awe of the people we've had the opportunity to spend time with. Doug Trumbull, John Kricfalusi, and Paul Verhoeven in ...
When my uncle Nicodemo Scarfo was in La Tuna federal prison in 1983, he placed me in charge of running the day-to-day operations of our crime family in New Jersey from our headquarters just two and a half blocks from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
You've clocked two months of solid work since Christmas break and it's time for another escape.
It's not just the concept or the stars. It's not an either/or situation anymore. For these prices, it has to be both. The concept helps, but it's the concept combined with actual stars in front or and/or behind the camera that differentiates John Carter from Avatar.