Film

Part of Your World

Trishna Rated R From an outside, idealistic perspective, India seems like the perfect place for romance. It has a rich and ancient culture, with a mythology as colorful as its people and costumes. In the cinema, the country has become known for ornate dramas and sweeping love stories full of…

In the Beginning…

Prometheus Rated R Ridley Scott’s Alien came out in 1979, perhaps before a lot of you were born. The sci-fi/horror hybrid was a truly frightening and groundbreaking film that propelled Sigourney Weaver to superstardom and birthed countless comic book crossovers and a long-lived film franchise, of which only the first…

Oh My Goth

Dark Shadows Rated PG-13 Tim Burton is one of the most recognizable directors of the past three decades. (Can you believe Pee Wee’s Big Adventure was released almost 30 years ago?) Not only does he look like he could have walked out of one of his own movies, but his…

Soul Mates

The Five-Year Engagement Rated R There are other movies in theaters this weekend besides The Avengers. I was just as surprised to hear this as you probably are. Opening April 27, 2012 the latest Jason Segel comedy, The Five-Year Engagement, sneaked onto the big screen before Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes battled…

Done with Mirrors

The Cabin in the Woods Rated R Before vampires sparkled, they were crawling out of a Hell Mouth and getting their asses slain by a buxom high school cheerleader with mystical powers. Those were simpler times. While Buffy the Vampire Slayer may not have been highbrow, it hinted at the…

In Too Deep

Safe House Universal Being a hero is all well and good, but what exactly does that entail? Altruism will only get you so far in a world where things are rarely black and white. Safe House isn’t as deep as all that. It’s an action movie. But it does touch…

Please. Just Jump Already.

Man on a Ledge Man on a Ledge begins much as its title suggests it would, with Sam Worthington playing ex-cop turned escaped felon Nick Cassidy stepping onto the ledge outside his 21st floor New York City hotel room window. As a lady on the street below screamed, “There’s a…

Listen, Or You’ll Miss It

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Funny story. The theater where I saw Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy saw fit to place the film on the screen next door to a big action movie (I assume the new Sherlock Holmes). This had no real bearing on my enjoyment of the Gary Oldman-led Cold…

Who’s That Girl?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo It feels like a cold, hard winter without the kids from Hogwarts to bring children of all ages out to the cinemas, and the first installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit is still over a year away. For those in need of a literary…

Feeling the Love

The Muppets Walt Disney Pictures They certainly don’t make them like they used to. The Muppet Show ran five seasons between 1976 and 1981 and brought a rare kind of experience into American homes. Not since The Flinstones beforehand (or The Simpsons to follow) did a program have the ability…