Tag Archives: Bryce Dallas Howard

Gold

PROVE ‘EM ALL WRONG.  In the 1980s, the unsuccessful son (Matthew McConaughey) of an oil tycoon bets everything he has on a dream to find gold in the Indonesian jungles together with a dapper geologist (Édgar Ramírez). The filmmakers take a real-life mining scandal that happened in 1993 and build an entirely fictitious drama with … Continue reading Gold

Jurassic World

THE PARK IS OPEN.  Twenty years after the disaster that closed Jurassic Park, a new theme park with dinosaurs is open… but a genetically modified dinosaur figures out a way to escape. The fourth Jurassic Park movie is a jump-start of the franchise that frequently and nostalgically references the original. Not necessarily a good thing, … Continue reading Jurassic World

Happy Birthday, Octavia Spencer, 45

Octavia Spencer turns 45 years old today, so congratulations are in order. The clip above is from The Talk last November where Spencer reveals how she got her start in the business, appearing as a nurse in A Time to Kill (1996). Born in Alabama, Spencer did small roles in movies and TV shows before getting some notice in … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Octavia Spencer, 45

The Help

CHANGE BEGINS WITH A WHISPER.  [youtube=http://youtu.be/WbuKgzgeUIU&w=540&h=320]   In early 1960s Mississippi, young “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) wants to be a writer and secretly starts interviewing black maids to find out what their lives are like in the segregated South. Tate Taylor was friends with author Kathryn Stockett, secured the rights to her novel and had … Continue reading The Help

50/50: Why Me?

IT TAKES A PAIR TO BEAT THE ODDS. Seth Rogen was apparently in the bathroom when one of his best friends called to tell him that he had cancer. A potentially funny scene that never made it into Will Reiser’s script. He was the one who called; after beating his rare but operable cancer, he … Continue reading 50/50: Why Me?

Terminator Salvation

THE END BEGINS. In 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) thinks he has found a way to defeat the deadly machines, but he also needs to track down a teenager (Anton Yelchin) who will be crucial to the future of mankind. The fourth film in the series is the first without Arnold Schwarzenegger, though his T-101 has … Continue reading Terminator Salvation

Eclipse

IT ALL BEGINS… WITH A CHOICE. As Bella (Kristen Stewart) tries to choose between the vampire and the werewolf (Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner), Seattle is plagued by a series of killings. The 30 Days of Night (2007) director was picked for the third chapter of the Twilight saga, which garnered a few positive reviews… but all I can see is … Continue reading Eclipse

Manderlay

LIBERATION. WHETHER THEY WANT IT OR NOT. After leaving Dogville, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) passes a Southern plantation where the owner still keeps slaves and decides to teach everyone there a lesson about democracy. Director Lars Von Trier’s sequel to Dogville (2003) uses the same theatrical set-up and once again his cinematographer employs effective visual tricks. However, Howard … Continue reading Manderlay

Spider-Man 3

HOW LONG CAN ANY MAN FIGHT THE DARKNESS… BEFORE HE FINDS IT IN HIMSELF? Life is sweet for Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), but there’s clouds on the horizon in the shape of heartbreak, a strange force from outer space, and new villains. Spidey has a lot on his plate in this film and it tends … Continue reading Spider-Man 3

Lady in the Water

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR A HAPPY ENDING. Apartment superintendent Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) finds out that a woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) lives beneath the complex’s swimming pool; she turns out not to be human, but a narf, and she’s in danger. Director M. Night Shyamalan’s bedtime story has a terrific score, a good performance … Continue reading Lady in the Water

The Village

RUN. THE TRUCE IS ENDING. The people of a small, isolated Pennsylvania village have a special agreement with the creatures that inhabit the surrounding woods, but an accident brings about changes… Director M. Night Shyamalan’s first major misstep is supposedly an allegory about America after 9/11, but the whole set-up suffers from a lack of logic … Continue reading The Village