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The Holiday

March 30, 2007

 The Holiday

It’s scary to think that Nancy Meyers is the most financially successful female filmmaker in a male-dominated Hollywood. With audience-friendly efforts like What Women Want (2000) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), that have grossed over $500 million... 

Color Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story

March 23, 2007

 Color Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story

Based loosely on an actual scam perpetuated by a man named Alan Conway, who passed himself off as filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Color Me Kubrick (2005) is a cheeky farce that attempts to address the nature of fame a la King of Comedy (1983) – just not... 

Harsh Times

March 22, 2007

 Harsh Times

Once again Christian Bale disappears into another role, demonstrating how he is not afraid to play an unlikable character. Jim is certainly an amoral piece of work and Bale attacks the role with his customary gusto playing the character as a cocky, super-confident... 

Babel

March 21, 2007

 Babel

The new wave of Mexican cinema officially arrived in 2006 with the presence of its three most well-known representatives at the 2007 Academy Awards: Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. All three directors had films nominated... 

Fast Food Nation

March 21, 2007

 Fast Food Nation

Adapted from the non-fiction book of the same name by Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation (2006) is something of a departure for filmmaker Richard Linklater as it is his most overtly political effort – a scathing indictment of the fast food industry as... 

The Naked City

March 16, 2007

 The Naked City

Producer Mark Hellinger was interested in making a crime movie in the same vein as Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946) except that New York City would be the main character. His main writer, Malvin Wald, gave him a screenplay entitled Homicide and Arthur... 

Casino Royale

March 14, 2007

 Casino Royale

Like Batman Begins (2005) and Superman Returns (2006), the James Bond franchise has reinvented itself by going back to the beginning complete with a new actor in the role of a familiar icon. Even the series’ trademark opening credit sequence has been... 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 4

March 12, 2007

 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 4

Before he was a Bad Boy, before he was in Pursuit of Happyness, before he was kicking intergalactic alien ass, Will Smith was The Fresh Prince. In 1990, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was introduced to the world and it’s one of those shows that even though... 

Stranger than Fiction

March 12, 2007

 Stranger than Fiction

At some point in their careers many comedians want to be taken seriously. Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler have all tried their hand at more dramatic fare with varying degrees of success. Lately, Will Ferrell has been making inroads at more... 

49th Parallel: Criterion Collection

March 10, 2007

 49th Parallel: Criterion Collection

In 1940, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger proposed to make a film on a grand scale with movie stars and filming to predominantly take place in Canada. Set during the early years of World War II before the United States became involved, 49th Parallel... 

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