The New York Film Festival is underway and two of the biggest commercial titles of the fall are in its lineup. (They also happen to be opening this week). Neither of these lives up to the hype, though I recognize that will be a distinctly minority opinion.
Perhaps the rise of terrorism, climate change, and the global financial collapse have caused some form of sociological damage that has turned us all into jaded cynics. Maybe we've stopped making movies that are full of wonder because we've stopped seeing the wonder in the world.
In honor of the 25th anniversary Blu-ray release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (which is in the running for the best film ever directed by Robert Zemeckis) I was given the extreme pleasure of interviewing the voice of Roger Rabbit himself, Charles Fleischer.
On the face of it, Flight is your standard redemption story. Taking you aboard a plane falling apart in heavy winds, Flight is not what it seems. The film is about character, extending beyond the lead to nuanced supporting roles.
Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta. And that's just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard.
It is thrilling to anticipate the fate of Whip Whitaker -- who could face serious jail time for drinking, flying, crashing and killing six people even though he saved some ninety others. You will find yourself on the edge of your seat in Flight's final suspenseful courtroom scene.
If Wreck-It Ralph's estimate holds, it will have the biggest three-day debut for a non-Pixar Disney cartoon ever. Coming in next was Flight , which inexplicably opened on just 1,800 screens but still had a comparitvely massive opening.