Tag Archives: Alfred Molina

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s popular 1923 book consists of prose poetry essays and this ambitious animated adaptation has several short, poetic segments touching on the nature of love, freedom, work etc. Each one was designed by a seasoned animator/filmmaker under Roger Allers’s supervision, and the segments are held together by a frame story starring a poet deemed … Continue reading The Prophet

After New Hampshire Comes… Johnny Depp

It’s the day after the Democratic and Republican New Hampshire primaries and the time has come to take a deep breath and see where we stand now. Since I last blogged about the campaigns, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely won Iowa and decisively lost New Hampshire, while her Democratic rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders … Continue reading After New Hampshire Comes… Johnny Depp

Show Me a Hero: American Skin

HOW DOES A POLITICIAN KNOW HE’S DOING THE RIGHT THING? WE MAKE HIM PAY. This miniseries is not like binge-watching a new season of House of Cards. It takes some effort. A co-worker of mine saw the first episode and gave up, but that’s normal. No one wants to see more after the first episode. … Continue reading Show Me a Hero: American Skin

Monsters University

SCHOOL NEVER LOOKED THIS SCARY. This prequel to Monsters, Inc. (2001) takes us back to school; the story has our two monstrous heroes meeting for the first time as students attending Monsters University. They take an instant disliking to each other, but are forced to work together as a team when they’re close to getting kicked … Continue reading Monsters University

Love is Strange: Moving Out and Moving On

  According to a Gawker interview with director Ira Sachs, this film was primarily funded by 25 gay men and women who made money in other fields. It portrays part of the gay scene in New York City. For instance, there is a very amusing scene where the two leads visit Julius’, a landmark gay … Continue reading Love is Strange: Moving Out and Moving On

Sundance 2014: Mitt Romney and Gay Rights

The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing and the first days have been dominated by politics. The people behind two of the documentaries really knew how to attract attention – and they take us behind the scenes of two very different political battles. The liberal one is represented by HBO’s The Case Against 8, where … Continue reading Sundance 2014: Mitt Romney and Gay Rights

The Hoax

Based on the true story. Would we lie to you? In the early 1970s, desperate writer Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) tells his publisher that he’s in touch with the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and intends to write his biography. A hopeless real-life story to tell, really, since Irving’s hoax couldn’t have ended in any other … Continue reading The Hoax

An Education

INNOCENCE OF THE YOUNG.   London, 1961; 16-year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) meets an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) who takes her places and treats her to beautiful things, but she realizes that he has secrets. Danish director Lone Scherfig’s first international film has a title that pretty much sums the story up. Based on Lynn … Continue reading An Education

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

It’s the coolest job ever. Ten years after a supernatural encounter in a Manhattan bookstore, physics student Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) meets a sorcerer (Nicolas Cage) again who explains to him that he’s destined to become his apprentice. The folks behind the National Treasure movies deliver another well-paced, effects-laden adventure for a younger audience. Interestingly … Continue reading The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

DEFY THE FUTURE. After attacking the sacred city of Alamut, the Persian King is poisoned to death; the adopted prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) is blamed and escapes together with the princess of Alamut (Gemma Arterton). There are times when the visual effects in this adaptation of the video game look dazzling, and the filmmakers have at … Continue reading Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The Da Vinci Code

SEEK THE TRUTH. When American symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) arrives in Paris for a lecture, the police need his help to interpret mysterious symbols surrounding a dead body found in the Louvre. The novel and its “revelations” kicked up a storm among Christians, but this adaptation won’t. Talky and overlong, it is hardly a labor … Continue reading The Da Vinci Code

Abduction

The fight for the truth will be the fight of his life. When teenager Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) finds out the truth about his parents (Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello), he has to start running from both the CIA and a Russian terrorist (Michael Nyqvist). This first attempt to try Lautner’s popularity outside the Twilight franchise is an action thriller … Continue reading Abduction