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From the Vault: ‘Raise the Titanic’

Next week will see the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic, the most notorious maritime disaster in history (it even eclipses Season 5 of The Love Boat). It seems appropriately ironic that one costly disaster spawned by unrestrained hubris lead to another, specifically ITC Entertainment’s adaptation of Clive Cussler’s best-selling novel, Raise the … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Straw Dogs’

Another in Hollywood’s incredibly long line of pointless, unnecessary remakes, Straw Dogs is a hollow, superficial film that trades moral ambiguity for cheap sensationalism. Granted, director Sam Peckinpah’s version (based on the novel The Siege of Trencher’s Farm by Gordon Williams) was a savage male fantasy of misogyny and macho empowerment that left the viewer feeling … Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’

The first real event movie in a year littered with them, The Hunger Games is poised to inherit the mantle of “Next Great Young Adult Novel Franchise Turned Blockbuster Film Franchise” from the concluded Harry Potter series and the wish-it-never-had-been Twilight series. Many have tried and failed (we’re looking at you, I Am Number and … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2’

After seven movies in ten years, the Harry Potter film franchise comes to a bittersweet but satisfying conclusion in the form of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2. It delivers the pay-off that the plodding first part so selfishly promised but declined to deliver, and rewards the years of dedication and anticipation that … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

An engaging throwback to the cynical Cold War espionage movies and paranoia thrillers of the 1970s, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy plays like a time capsule of an era when civilization seemed pertually on the brink of annihilation, good vs. evil was painted in shades of gray, and high-tech surveillance in the pre-digital age meant sneaking … Continue reading

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

The much-anticipated American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel (or remake of the Swedish film version, depending on how you look at it) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finds director David Fincher in fine form, returning to the dark, twisted pulp that he does so well but hasn’t touched since Zodiac in 2007 and Seven in 1997. Like those films, Dragon Tattoo is a seedy … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Drive’

Heist movies have become increasingly tired and rote, yet with Drive Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn gets plenty of stylized mileage out of a reinvented wheel. Loosely adapted from James Sallis’ novella by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini, it’s an instant cult classic. Ryan Gosling stars as Driver (like many a movie gunfighter and samurai, his true … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Descendants’

His first movie in since Sideways (2007), writer-director Alexander Payne’s The Descendants (based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings) is also perhaps his best movie to date. That’s saying a lot, considering the rest of his filmography includes Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), and About Schmidt (2002). It’s delicate blend of drama and comedy … Continue reading

My Favorite Martians: A Look at the Red Planet on Film

In 1910, Thomas Edison debuted a four-minute silent short film titled “A Trip to Mars”, kicking off a century-long, on- and off-again love affair between moviegoers and our sister planet. With the 90-day Mars Exploration Rover Mission mission now in its astounding ninth year, the increasing discussion of a manned mission to Mars as a … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Rum Diary’

The notion of Johnny Depp in another movie based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson sets a certain level of expectation, thanks to the actor’s memorable turn in Terry Gilliam’s surreal, chaotic 1998 adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Viewers going into Depp and writer-director Bruce Robinson’s version of Thompson’s The Rum Diary will be … Continue reading

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