Review: The Interview

No film has garnered as much controversy this year than the crass, sophomoric comedy The Interview, about American interview TV show host Dave Skylark (James Franco) being invited to North Korea to interview leader Kim Jung-Un (Randall Park), just be tasked by the CIA to assassinate Jung-Un. This is the film that almost wasn’t released: Production company Sony Films was allegedly hacked by North Koreans and warned not to release the film. They capitulated and five days…Read More

Review: Oz: The Great and Powerful

There’s a special place in cinematic history for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz with its groundbreaking use of color, terrific visual effects and prototypical hero’s journey, wherein little Dorothy (Judy Garland) has to travel through a strange land to find her way back home to Aunty Em (Clara Blandick) and their farmhouse in Kansas. But truth be told, it’s also quite a frightening film too, with lots of dark imagery and scary creatures,…Read More

Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

What if there was a research drug in the laboratory right now that had a good chance of curing Alzheimer’s but it needed more testing on animals before it could be released for human trials? And what if that same neurogenesis drug made its research subjects smarter? That’s the premise of the exciting and surprisingly thoughtful Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Will Rodman (James Franco) is the lead genetic researcher working on the…Read More

Review: Your Highness

What do you get when you combine an atrocious script with a big budget production and a bevy of top actors? Your Highness, one of the worst films I have had to sit through in a long time. To think that it featured Natalie Portman, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel boggles the mind. What where they thinking when they attached themselves to this production? The worst part is that the film looks beautiful, with gorgeous…Read More

Review: 127 Hours

Living in Boulder, Colorado, I know my share of adrenaline junkies, people who are not just extreme athletes, but get involved with dangerous sports for the thrill, the rush. Getting hurt is the badge of honor. It’s easy to wonder what motivates these people and one of the things I most enjoyed about the gripping, lyrical 127 Hoursis that it’s just as much a film about the self-indulgent culture that created an Aron Ralston as…Read More