In the Land of Blood and Honey

I feel like the Bosnian war is unclear to many Americans. Myself included. It was, by all accounts, a very complex issue. But for Angelina Jolie, it isn’t. And she makes her point of view very clear throughout In the Land of Blood and Honey.  To the point of sacrificing artistry.  She perhaps just should have made a documentary.  And since the film only grossed $300,000, perhaps more people would have watched it.  I had a hard time getting... Read More

I want to rub this trailer all over me – In the Land of Blood and Honey

It’s taken me a long time, and a lot of thinking immediately before sleep, to decide whether or not I want to rub this trailer all over me. Ultimately, I decided that I do. Mostly because of this. But I’m still willing to give the film a shot.  Read More

The Tourist

After watching The Tourist, I felt betrayed, like I had been lied to. Perhaps it’s unfair of me to have such high expectations for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. After all, every director produces a bad film once in a while. But I feel so let down when I was expecting champagne, and he came through with wine out of a box. And like wine in a box, it’ll get you drunk, but you won’t enjoy drinking it. And you sure as hell feel... Read More

Salt

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen Salt. I’m embarrassed to say that twelve year mild preoccupation with Angelina Jolie still has the power to get me to see her films opening weekend. Granted, not Friday night, but a Saturday matinée. The time has, however, allowed me to thoroughly process what I saw, and remove any sort emotions that would have made a review biased. This is what I’ve come up with: Salt sucks. Immediately... Read More

Changeling

Clint Eastwood just can’t seem to lose. Have you checked out his imdb.com page? It’s ridiculous. Ever since 2003’s Mystic River, he’s directed nothing but bitchin’ films. Changeling is no exception, despite the complaints of many. The story is based on true events that came to pass in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s.  Christine Collins is a single mother, raising her nine year old son.  She works as telephone operator... Read More

Wanted

Who wouldn’t want to belong to a secret fraternity of assassins where Angelina Jolie is your personal mentor? That sentence alone explains why this movie will be a huge success. It’s every man’s wet dream. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, this film is his Hollywood debut. Born in Kazahkstan, he directed the wildly popular films ‘Night Watch’ and ‘Day Watch’ in Russia. Wildly popular, only in Russia that... Read More