Tag Archives: Ron Howard

American Graffiti: One Last Night

WHERE WERE YOU IN ’62? Years ago, when I wrote my review for Falkenberg Farewell (2006), an internationally little-known Swedish film that did very well among Swedish critics but perhaps not anywhere else, I made plenty of references to my own life as a teenager in my hometown. But I failed to mention American Graffiti, … Continue reading American Graffiti: One Last Night

In the Heart of the Sea

EXPERIENCE THE TRUE ENCOUNTER THAT INSPIRED THE MYTH MOBY DICK. In 1850, author Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw) hears the story of how the whaling ship Essex encountered a huge, aggressive albino sperm whale thirty years earlier and was sunk. The real-life drama that inspired the great American classic ”Moby-Dick” doesn’t live up to its epic … Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea

Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.   When producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard decided to turn the story about the ill-fated 1972 Apollo 13 mission into a movie, they found a lot of support from NASA. The space agency, likely eager to exploit the goodwill surrounding the rescue of the mission’s three astronauts, even … Continue reading Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

The Dilemma

TWO BEST FRIENDS. NOTHING COULD COME BETWEEN THEM… OR COULD IT? Best friends Ronny and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Kevin James) are working on a business deal that’s crucial to their firm when Ronny suddenly one day sees Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) kiss a strange man. Director Ron Howard’s first comedy since Ed tv (1999) is … Continue reading The Dilemma

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

Angels & Demons

THEY HAVE COME FOR THEIR REVENGE. As the Pope dies and the College of Cardinals gathers to elect his successor, the mysterious Illuminati society seems hellbent on destroying the Vatican, and symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) becomes involved in the crisis. The sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006) moves a little faster and has impressive action sequences; … Continue reading Angels & Demons

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

HE PUTS THE GREEN IN MEAN. The green Grinch (Jim Carrey) hates Christmas and the people of Whoville hate him, but a little girl (Taylor Momsen) wants to change that. Director Ron Howard delivers his Toys or Popeye, i.e. a noisy, expensive disaster of a movie made by a good filmmaker who is suffering from … Continue reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Arrested Development: Not the Cosbys

  When Cheers first started airing on NBC, it was not an instant hit with viewers. But it was rewarded with Emmys, the network had patience… and soon people were smart enough to take notice and start watching. When Arrested Development first aired on Fox, the same thing happened. But this time people never took notice – until it got canceled, … Continue reading Arrested Development: Not the Cosbys

A Beautiful Mind: The Brain As Friend and Foe

HE SAW THE WORLD IN A WAY NO ONE COULD HAVE IMAGINED.   They said the screenplay had little to do with brilliant mathematician John Nash’s real life. They said director Ron Howard had made the film too mushy and didn’t deserve to win the top Oscar. And Russell Crowe’s acting was targeted perhaps because … Continue reading A Beautiful Mind: The Brain As Friend and Foe

Ed tv

THE STORY OF A NOBODY EVERYBODY IS WATCHING! Video-store clerk Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) agrees to be the center of a new reality show, having cameras follow him 24-7; the ensuing chaos hurts people close to him, including a would-be girlfriend (Jenna Elfman). Director Ron Howard’s film is a well-made comedy with a pleasant cast, including … Continue reading Ed tv