Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

While I love the great Tolkien books and am still amazed at the accomplishment of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy — a film powerhouse that’s raked in almost three billion dollars worldwide — I have to be candid that I was not as thrilled with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That’s the first part of a trilogy based on J.R.R.Tolkien’s book that introduced us to Middle Earth and its epic battles between the…Read More

Join DaveOnFilm for an epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ event!

This is pretty awesomely cool, film fans! NCM Fathom is going to be showing The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy at a bunch of theaters throughout the US for one night only on the big screen, one movie per week for three weeks, late in June. They’re going to be shown at a bunch of places, but in the interest of us all having a midpoint where we can meet and watch this…Read More

Review: Gulliver’s Travels

I attended a preview screening of Gulliver’s Travels about a week prior to it opening nationally. Most film screenings are theaters full of families who have scored free tickets through newspaper advertisements, radio promotions or similar, with a small number of seats reserved for us critics. The more base and crude the film, the more this can feel like the studio manipulating us reviewers: critics generally prefer complex, sophisticated films that tap into the rich…Read More

Review: The Lovely Bones

When someone is murdered, their spirit lingers on, observing and trying to influence the course of justice, a ghost seeking revenge or simply to experience the karmic balance that we hope will transpire. But what of the ghost during this period of time, what’s their experience and what if there is no peace, no justice, nothing but someone who refuses to let go, who refuses to accept that they have died? That’s the basic story…Read More

Review: District 9

Wow. That was the first word out of my mouth when this astonishing, intense hard sci-fi exploration on prejudice and apartheid ended. Director Neill Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson have crafted a fascinating film that, while flawed, is a significant new addition to the ranks of serious science fiction movies, along with Alien, Blade Runner, The Matrix, and the like. Bookended with opening and closing documentary-style footage, District 9 posits a race of extraterrestrials having their…Read More