Where the Wild Things Are

I’ve been stewing over my review of Where the Wild Things Are for a full seven days now.  Mostly I’m baffled at how much I enjoyed it, and how well it was done.   The book, I’m told, was one of my favorites growing up.  Still, I felt no allegiance to the film, and when everyone was blown away by the first trailer, I just didn’t get it.  Not to mention, it’s hard to get pumped about James Gandolfini as the voice of... Read More

An American Crime

Remember that sinking feeling in the spring of 2005, when it was announced that Michael Bay would be directing Transformers?  The world’s population of cinema buffs took one big collective sigh and gave up on the hopes of a worthy homage to one of the most beloved toys of the eighties.  It’s a perfect example of how a good idea can go so, so wrong in the hands of the wrong director.  The same is true of the 2007 Sundance film An American... Read More

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York (pronounced see-neck-dah-key) is the latest work from visionary writer and Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman, who created Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, among others. While Kaufman has an impressive list of writing credits to his name, this is his first effort as a director.  The result isn’t disappointing, but it’s a little confusing. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Caden Cotard,... Read More

What Just Happened

It seems like Hollywood’s new thing is to make fun of itself. This is what What Just Happened is about. But like most flash-in-the-pan trends (like Chihuahuas, Laguna Beach, and Gary Busey), it gets boring real fast.  Despite its all-star cast, this isn’t much to write home about.  Director Barry Levinson hasn’t directed much of interest either, although he’s produced some good stuff: Wag the Dog, and some of HBO’s... Read More

Hamlet 2

Hamlet 2 is hilarious. I haven’t laughed so hard in the theater since…well Pineapple Express or Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  That doesn’t mean Hamlet 2 isn’t special, it just means this is an oddly funny summer, with a larger than average number of well polished comedies. Hamlet comes to us from, like so many other bitchin’ films, Sundance Film Festival and is directed by Andrew Fleming who has a pretty hit and miss,... Read More

Being John Malkovich

I’m ashamed that it’s taken me so long to see this fantastic film, directed by Spike Jonze.  I’m not sure what my hesitancy was in watching it, except for some bad memories of John Malkovich in that three musketeers movie from when I was, like, ten.  Anyway, this movie blew me away. Spike Jonze started out as a music video director.  Directing videos for Bjork, the Beastie Boys, and others, he developed quite the style, which... Read More