Tag Archives: Angelina Jolie

First They Killed My Father

Cambodia, 1975; after the Khmer Rouge take over the country and impose a crushingly strict Communist regime, 7-year-old Loung Ung (Sareum Srey Moch) and her family are among the many displaced. No one can question Angelina Jolie’s commitment as a humanitarian with a special interest in Cambodia, but that doesn’t automatically make her a great … Continue reading First They Killed My Father

Beyond Borders

IN A PLACE SHE DIDN’T BELONG, AMONG PEOPLE SHE NEVER KNEW, SHE FOUND A WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. After a horrifying, eye-opening encounter with a desperate doctor (Clive Owen) who’s been working in Ethiopia, socialite Sarah Jordan (Angelina Jolie) becomes engaged in his plight. Jolie’s work as a U.N. goodwill ambassador was reflected in … Continue reading Beyond Borders

Kung Fu Panda 3

THE WEIGHT IS OVER. At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3

Just Release The Interview on VOD

On November 24, a group of grammatically challenged hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace released a first batch of e-mails between people working at or who are in other ways associated with Sony Pictures. It’s been followed by several new batches and messages from the group that is apparently targeting Sony for making The Interview, a … Continue reading Just Release The Interview on VOD

Maleficent

EVIL HAS A BEGINNING.  After being betrayed and violated by a boy who wants to be king, a fairy (Angelina Jolie) gets her revenge years later by cursing his newborn daughter. A dark interpretation of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale that turns the tables and humanizes the wicked Maleficent. As in Snow White and the … Continue reading Maleficent

Not a Dame, But Still Great

This may all seem terribly irrelevant and silly. But yesterday’s round of Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours had Daniel Day-Lewis turned into a knight and author Hilary Mantel a dame. Obviously, it doesn’t really mean anything. Both of them were stars in their own right, due to hard work, before being recognized by the Queen. But … Continue reading Not a Dame, But Still Great

The Tourist

THE PERFECT TRIP – THE PERFECT TRAP. On a train to Venice, an American math teacher (Johnny Depp) meets a beautiful woman (Angelina Jolie) and is drawn into the Scotland Yard’s hunt for her mysterious lover. This remake of the French film Anthony Zimmer (2005) was the director’s first American project and he ends up … Continue reading The Tourist

Where’s the Intellectual Hollywood Conservative?

  The Republican National Convention is over and we can safely say that it didn’t harm or boost Governor Mitt Romney’s candidacy. There were good speeches from the likes of Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice and Ann Romney and some that were less inspiring; Rubio and Chris Christie were energetic, but their speeches focused … Continue reading Where’s the Intellectual Hollywood Conservative?

Kung Fu Panda 2

PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF AWESOMENESS.   When the evil lord of a peacock clan attempts to conquer China, Po and the Furious Five use all their powers to stop him… but the panda is also brutally reminded of his childhood. The first major animated release to be directed by a woman is a 3D … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 2

What Fifty Shades of Grey Needs

Starting out as “Twilight” fan fiction (based on Stephenie Meyer’s books), the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” (and its two sequels) by E.L. James has become a sensation in Hollywood. Its story revolves around a college graduate and a young businessman in Seattle and contains plenty of S/M sexual play. I haven’t read the novels, … Continue reading What Fifty Shades of Grey Needs