The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006) “You Want Something, Go Get It. Period.”

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: Gabriele Marcino Everyone has dreams and aspirations. What one does to pursue that dream and how much strength of character is needed is examined in The Pursuit Of Happyness. Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a salesman trying to sell bone density scanners to no avail, he has a young son Christopher (Jaden … Continue reading The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006) “You Want Something, Go Get It. Period.”

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Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983) – Understanding The Audience

RATING: 4/5 DIRECTOR: Richard Marquand Return of the Jedi has the most fun with its story. Any person who you talk to about the film will no doubt bring up the Ewoks within a breath and say how they destroyed the film. Dare I say it, George Lucas knew how to capture an audience. Firstly take all the … Continue reading Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983) – Understanding The Audience

Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones (2002) -The Film Is On Repeat

RATING: 2/5 DIRECTOR: George Lucas Ten years have past in the Star Wars Universe since Episode I and you watch the film and if you're like myself , you wonder if Lucas should just call his franchise over. Yes, it's space opera but the opera is what happens behind the camera. George Lucas can not separate … Continue reading Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones (2002) -The Film Is On Repeat

Star Wars I : The Phantom Menace (1999) – The House Of Cards

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: George Lucas Everyone writes off the prequel trilogy and  you read fanboy sites that say "Don't bother, it sucks."  The Phantom Menace isn't telling the same story as the original films nor does it want to do that.  A librarian told me " It's eighteen years ago people, get over it!"  George Lucas … Continue reading Star Wars I : The Phantom Menace (1999) – The House Of Cards

Looper (2012)

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson The year 2044. The year is also 2074. Time travel is available but is illegal. In Looper Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Joe, a contract killer and Bruce Willis plays the same character but older. A looper in young Joe (Levitt) works for a company that exists thirty years in the … Continue reading Looper (2012)

Jerry Maguire (1996) “Help Me Help you. Help me Help You.” 

RATING: 3.5/5 DIRECTOR: Cameron Crowe Yes, Tom Cruise is in this film. Don't let his Cruise factor put you off this mid nineties film back when Cameron Crowe was considered a hot director/screenwriter hero and Renee Zellweger who? Jerry Maguire is a full movie running at 130 minutes and you wonder, did we really need … Continue reading Jerry Maguire (1996) “Help Me Help you. Help me Help You.” 

Enemy (2013) “Every Dictatorship Is About Control”

RATING:  3/5 DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve Straight away from the outset this film creates mood and atmosphere for Jake Gyllenhaal's characters of Adam and Anthony to exist. A haunting and eerie music score plays throughout the film reminding viewers of old Bernard Herrman scores from Hitchcock films. What we watch on screen is Villeneuve try to … Continue reading Enemy (2013) “Every Dictatorship Is About Control”

Adaptation (2002) A Fascinating Desire

RATING: 5/5 DIRECTOR: Spike Jonze Why can't there be a movie simply about flowers? Charlie Kaufman (Cage) tries to convince himself of that very thing as the go-to screenwriter to adapt Susan Orlean's ( Streep) book "The Orchard Thief." Trouble is, it's that sprawling New Yorker shit. He can't adapt it. Charlie Kaufman is the … Continue reading Adaptation (2002) A Fascinating Desire

The Wrestler (2008) Persona Examined

RATING: 4/5 DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky Randy the Ram (Rourke) is a professional wrestler. It's all he knows. He's aged, past his prime and trying to make ends meet. His body has taken too many blows but what can he do, stop fighting or continue in the ring? This observational drama follows Randy trying to live … Continue reading The Wrestler (2008) Persona Examined

Moneyball (2011) “Adapt Or Die”

RATING: 3.5/5 DIRECTOR: Bennett Miller The film is about confidence and the ability to take a risk to be confident. When the poster and trailer to a film says Based on a true story it means three things. It could have a happy ending A reliable drama The film wants you to focus on story and character … Continue reading Moneyball (2011) “Adapt Or Die”