Monday, January 9 2012
Nothing is more punishing than a bad movie. With these ten, 2011's torture was truly painful.
Wednesday, September 10 2008
Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.
Monday, May 30 2011
Live-action fairytale adaptations are more popular than ever, with Red Riding Hood just out and four others -- including two Snow Whites in the works. But film and the source texts do not effortlessly go together, and children emerge as the losers.
Wednesday, January 7 2009
The film is a successful adaptation of the book not only because Pattinson is so talented and dreamy, but also because Hardwicke knows a thing or two about filming adolescents.
Tuesday, June 12 2007
The underlying motivation to save Horizons West was about Sticking It to The Man. Us versus Them. Punk culture versus conformist culture. Poor against rich. All, interestingly enough, attitudes heavy in the subtext of the Z-Boys movies.
Thursday, July 7 2011
Red Riding Hood doesn’t have the teeth to bite into the thrumming subterranean eroticism lurking just beneath its overripe surface; but neither does it have the self-awareness (or self-confidence) to cross over the line into full blown kitsch.
Thursday, March 10 2011
As the supernatural story is focused through Valerie's romantic travails, Red Riding Hood is mostly a jumble of clichés.
Sunday, March 22 2009
While Meyers’ books tend toward formulaic characterizations, Hardwicke takes the material and successfully transforms it into a subtle, layered atmospheric film.
Thursday, November 20 2008
Fantasy rules in Twilight, fantasy simultaneously delicate and ravishing, chaste and utterly bloody.
Sunday, April 8 2007
Unlike the story from which it derives, there is no "oomph". There is no sense of danger. There is no excitement.
Thursday, March 10 2011
Like listening to an alcoholic deadbeat dad read a knock-off version of the famed fable to his inattentive, angry offspring, Red Riding Hood is no fun.
Wednesday, November 19 2008
Blame Anne Rice. Blame her for being the literary stake in the original vampire's heart. If it wasn't for her spinster prose take on the
Wednesday, March 18 2009
After months of hype and screaming fangirls and barrels of newspaper ink dumped on Robert Pattinson and "Twilight," there was bound to be some backlash.