Category: Film Reviews/Hollywood

Movie Review: Narnia

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a movie I have long anticipated, did not disappoint. It was not perfect–and by that I do not mean that it substantially deviated from the book–but it was cathartic, uplifting, and thoroughly enjoyable....

/ December 10, 2005

Film Review: Pride and Prejudice

Yes, I went and saw Pride and Prejudice and, by gosh, I liked it. It is released everywhere in the country today, my wife and I took advantage of our Los Angeles residency and saw it before everyone else last...

/ November 23, 2005

Johnny Depp is The Libertine

“Allow me to be frank: you will not like me,” a foppishly dressed Johnny Depp growls directly into the camera. So ends the trailer for his latest picture, The Libertine. After starring in two straight movies which were widely enjoyed...

/ November 13, 2005

Cinderella Man

Two nights ago, I paid money to see a movie for only the second time this calendar year. It was well worth it. Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man is a moving representation of the story of James Braddock, a boxer who...

/ June 8, 2005

“Kicking and Screaming”

Blogging’s been a bit light for me lately. I’ve been fighting off a cold and a complete lack of content. However, last night’s trip to the Irvine Spectrum to see Kicking and Screaming provided a good opportunity to get back...

/ May 12, 2005

“Kingdom of Heaven”

In the wake of the Passion, Hollywood began searching for material that would be marketable to the hordes of hitherto neglected “faith group.” Kingdom of Heaven, which has been advertising in the conservative World Magazine, presumably is one of these...

/ May 2, 2005

In (some) Theaters: “Off the Map”

This strange film goes slowly along over the contours and expressions of one summer in the life of a nothing-if-not-eccentric family in rural New Mexico. The events of that summer do not drive the movie. In fact, I’m at a...

/ March 27, 2005

“Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Oprah Winfrey was intimately involved in bringing this novel by Zora Neale Herston to television, which aired March 6, 2005. It follows the life of a young black woman, Janie, (Halle Berry) through her relationships with three different men. She...

/ March 7, 2005

Honest Words about Depictions of Heaven

From an interview with the screenwriters of Constantine, the latest Keanu Reeves film: Interviewer: So is that why you didn’t show Heaven more? FRANK: The true reason for that is, no one knows how to depict it in a cool...

/ February 16, 2005

Constantine – Irresponsible, Humorous, and Smart

Despite an entirely preferential dislike of being startled, I liked it. I loved the hero, I hated the villain, and I actually laughed a lot. Though, I will say it is in appropriately subtitled. It should not be: “Hell wants...

/ February 16, 2005