Author: Ian D.

The Hunger Games

May the odds be ever in your favor. First of all, lets put the Twilight comparisons to bed.  Where the vampire ‘epic’ was a parade of clichés, pale skin and vampire sparkles The Hunger Games is an artful, honest piece of pulp filmmaking.  Although the expectations for The Hunger Games are massive (it’s already been tagged as the next big tween thing) Twilight hasn’t exactly set the bar high. To say the film has leveled these bogus, insulting comparisons is an understatement.  So, please leave Bella and her not-so-merry band of admirers behind when you enter the theatre this...

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John Carter

‘John Carter’ is a hollow, silly mess. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than a great sci-fi experience.  When a world beyond our own is fully realized it is the purest form of cinematic escapism.  Star Wars and Blade Runner built timeless worlds on the backs of wonderfully realized characters.  Their humanity resonated and carried the audience to the new frontier. Unfortunately,  John Carter forgot this essential piece. No amount of whiz-bang special effects and technical wizardry can mask the fact that the world of Mr. Carter is as boring as his name. John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is...

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We Need To Talk About Kevin and Rampart

We Need to Talk About Kevin Tilda Swinton is unquestionably one of the best actresses working today.  She has an uncanny ability to elevate material that is far beneath her ability (see: The Narnia Films.)  So it’s no surprise that she takes a film like We Need to Talk About Kevin and finds depth and subtlety in a character surrounded by comically horrific circumstances. Swinton plays Eva, an adventure-seeking author with a flair for the dramatic.  One rain-soaked evening she meets Franklin (John C. Reilly.)  Flash-forward 9-months and the couple is welcoming their first born child Kevin (Ezra Miller.) Now Kevin...

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The Oscars 2012

The Oscars have a bad case of nostalgia. Oscar season is upon us and people everywhere are literally imploding with a lack of anticipation.  You see this year the Oscars are pulling a “post-nipple-gate Super Bowl halftime show.”  After the infamous Janet Jackson breast exposure ‘incident’ the NFL was terrified of any halftime act that would appeal to anyone under the age of 55. The man himself has returned. So they shuffled out The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and The Who to show us all that Rock and Roll never dies but ages rather slowly and awkwardly. ...

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Superhero teenagers battle power, angst and Seattle weather. Ah…the winter box office doldrums are in full swing this week.  It’s the odd time of year when the trailers for films due this summer are more appealing than what’s being released on Friday.  This week is chalk full of such releases: A weepy manipulator (The Vow) – check, Denzel Washington wearing a funny wig and most likely riding a train (Safe House) – check, and who could go without Jar Jar Binks in 3D (Star Wars – Episode 1 3D), check? So, when a movie is released in these ‘dump’...

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