Wednesday
Nov172010

'Deathly Hallows, Part 1': A magical beginning to the end

Far from Hogwarts and closer to his final confrontation with evil Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter's cinematic days are numbered.


Warner Bros. Pictures

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Thursday
Sep232010

The children are the heroes of 'Waiting for Superman'

Paramount PicturesWaiting for Superman begins with a simple question: What's four minus two?

The answer takes achingly long for Anthony, an elementary school student in inner-city Washington. Anthony isn't dumb; he's more thoughtful than just about any child you'll meet. He's simply applying what he learned in public school. Which isn't much.

That's the overarching theme of Davis Guggenheim's masterful picture, which vaults itself among the year's best films.

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Monday
Dec142009

'The Futurist' reveals James Cameron's ego, ambition

Early on in The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron, it becomes clear that about the only thing as grand as the director's cinematic vision is his hubris.

How else to explain a 28-year-old Hollywood neophyte who fires his agent because he doesn't get sci-fi? Or who breaks into an editing bay to make changes against his producer's wishes?

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