Showing posts from November, 2010

Potter & Co. Near Their End in Darkest Chapter

The day has finally arrived. After a decade, the final chapter of the Harry Potter film series is here… well, almost. The final book of the beloved and seminal fantasy series is split into two movies, so the fate of the wizarding world first introduced to theaters by Chris Columbus nine years ago is delayed for another eight months, at which point readers will already have known the outcome for exactly two years.

Regardless, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 suggests no one will be disappointed when the screen goes black and the credits roll after the final moments of the series.

As per the last film, The Half-Blood Prince, The Death Eaters, led by Sirius Snape, stormed Hogwarts and assassinated Professor Dumbledore, after which our teenage trio flee the school. As Harry, Hermione, and Ron are absent from class, so is the school from The Deathly Hallows, Part 1. The three young adult heroes are on the hunt for horcruxes, which help make Voldemort immortal, while also being…

Film Faves: The Digital Age - Directors

Here we are at the final part of this special three-part edition of Film Faves.  If you haven't already, please start with parts one and two of this series before reading on.

Here we are at the visionaries behind the camera, those who actually choose to shoot digitally or with film, the directors.  Here are my six favorite directors to debut or break out during the Digital Age of film.


6. Darren Aronofsky
Favorite films:
Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler

You may say Darren Aronofsky is a pretentious visionary, who takes himself too seriously, but I find Aronofsky’s work to be some of the most powerful and expertly-handled films I’ve ever seen. I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of his debut, Pi, or his existential fantasia, The Fountain. But I am looking forward to next month’s The Black Swan and his much-courted crack at geek culture (he’s been interested in Batman and RoboCop before), 2012’s The Wolverine. Why? Because Aronofsky always has something interesting to say in interest…

Film Faves: The Digital Age - Actresses

Welcome back to a special edition of Film Faves.  This is part two of my look at the talents that emerged during the Digital Age.  If you haven't already, I strongly encourage you go back to part one, where introduce the topic and countdown my favorite actors from this period. 

This time, I'll be counting down my favorite actresses of the Digital Age.  While my previous list was only six actors long, there were so many actresses worthy of mention that I couldn't pare it down to the same amount.  Besides, men also make up the entirety of part three's list of directors, as well, so it's only fitting for the actresses to make up half of this entire edition of Film Faves.  So, here are my twelve favorite actresses.


12. Anne Hathaway
Favorite performances:
Brokeback Mountain, Rachel Getting Married

Like her princess alter ego in the misguided, yet popular, Princess Diaries films, Hathaway has really blossomed over the past decade. She left the family-friendly f…

Film Faves: The Digital Age - Actors

Welcome to another edition of Film Faves. Just to remind folks, every edition features an undeniably biased countdown of my favorites in film. Instead of a run-of-the-mill top ten list, the inevitable honorable mentions are avoided and instead a list of twelve of my favorites of any given topic is counted down. This is not a serious "best-of" list as much as an insight into what it is I really love.

Film has gone through many different periods throughout its history, starting with the silent era, which ran from the inception of the art form through the twenties.  I thought it'd be a good idea to occasionally look at each era, going as far back as the Golden Age of film (1930s through the '50s).  Since Film Faves just completed its run through the past decade now would be the time to focus on the most recent - and current - era, the Digital Age.  So, here is a special three-part post on my favorite talents who made their debuts or big breaks during this period.

What e…

Remember That Movie: Boogie Nights

Everyone is blessed with one special thing.

That’s the thesis of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 breakout film Boogie Nights, a movie set within the porn film industry of the late seventies and early eighties. It features a giant-sized cast of character-driven actors that’s enough incentive to see this film: Philip Baker Hall, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzmán, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Thomas Jane, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Burt Reynolds, and Mark Wahlberg.

In case you don’t remember, Wahlberg stars as Eddie Adams, a martial arts-loving teenager who works at a club far from home and does sexual favors for extra money. Eddie catches the eye of Jack Horner (Reynolds), a porn director with dreams of making films that’ll grab men’s hearts and minds long after they’re done grabbing themselves. Jack asks Eddie to audition for him, which the wide-eyed and amiable young man is only too happy to do. Soon after, Eddie is leaving behind his unp…

Dragon Tattoo Sequel ‘Fire’ Is No Typical Whodunit

The second installment of The Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, was released on DVD recently. The first, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was a crackling mystery the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a long time. Its sequel proves this mystery series is unlike any we’ve seen before.

A newbie named Dag joins the Millennium magazine team, that group of writers who fight for that noble, yet nearly extinct, pursuit of investigative journalism, headed by Mikael Blomkvist (played again by Michael Nyqvist). Dag comes to the team with a story he’s researching about sex trafficking. When Dag calls Blomkvist about a possible gangster connection Blomkvist heads over to meet with him. When Blomkvist arrives at Dag’s apartment, he finds Dag and his girlfriend murdered. Found near one of the bodies is a gun that happens to belong to Lisbeth Salander’s guardian, that creepy individual who gave Salander another reason to be wary of men. The plot thickens when Salander’s prints are …