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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

STAY PECULIAR.  16-year-old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales together with his father to look for a mysterious orphanage that his granddad (Terence Stamp) told fanciful stories about from World War II… Tim Burton is the right person to make a movie out of Ransom Riggs’s imaginative novel, a fairy tale about a place … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Superman: The Rise of Reeve

YOU’LL BELIEVE A MAN CAN FLY. Some of the most amusing behind-the-scenes stories surrounding this now classic superhero movie concern Marlon Brando, who plays Superman’s dad Jor-El in the ten-minute long, impressively staged, opening sequence on Krypton. Apparently, Brando’s salary for this little effort made him the highest paid actor at the time. He allegedly … Continue reading Superman: The Rise of Reeve

Big Eyes

SHE CREATED IT. HE SOLD IT. AND THEY BOUGHT IT.  In 1950s San Francisco, aspiring artist Margaret Ulbrich (Amy Adams) meets another painter, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), and marries him; he soon becomes wildly famous for his paintings of children with big eyes… but Margaret is actually behind them. A longtime collector of Keane’s work, … Continue reading Big Eyes

The Adjustment Bureau

YOUR FATE HAS BEEN ADJUSTED.  Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon), who has a very promising future, meets and instantly falls in love with a dancer (Emily Blunt)… but soon learns from grim-looking men in suits and hats that she’s not part of The Plan. Another adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story that is easy … Continue reading The Adjustment Bureau

Far From the Madding Crowd: Rural Rumblings

HER ROMANCE WITH THREE MEN BECOMES A BOLD ADVENTURE. When it was announced that director John Schlesinger would adapt Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” as his next project, there must have been a few gasps of surprise. After all, this was a man who had earned his stripes as a … Continue reading Far From the Madding Crowd: Rural Rumblings

The Hit

WILLIE PARKER GRASSED… TEN YEARS LATER THEY CAME FOR THEIR REVENGE.  In 1972, Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) testified in court against his gangster companions and moved to Spain; a decade later he’s kidnapped by two men (John Hurt, Tim Roth) who work for Willie’s vengeful former partners. One of director Stephen Frears’s earliest films is … Continue reading The Hit

Wanted

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY. Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) has a dead-end job and a girlfriend who prefers to have sex with his best friend, but his miserable life changes on the day he learns his destiny. This loose adaptation of a comic book series has a few similarities to The Matrix (1999), as a simple office drone is transformed … Continue reading Wanted

Valkyrie

MANY SAW EVIL. THEY DARED TO STOP IT.  In 1943, German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) joins a gang of conspirators trying to overthrow Adolf Hitler and negotiate peace with the Allies. The reason why this story hasn’t been told onscreen that many times is probably due to the depressing outcome of it. Still, … Continue reading Valkyrie

Get Smart

Saving the world. And loving it. Intelligence analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is promoted to secret agent and teams up with a sexy colleague (Anne Hathaway) to save the planet from an evil organization called KAOS. Another lame adaptation of a hit TV series; Get Smart (1965-1970) was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, but in the hands … Continue reading Get Smart

Wall Street: Days of Bloodsucking

EVERY DREAM HAS A PRICE. As the credit crisis of 2008 risks putting an end to the world as we know it (at least judging from the grim newspaper headlines), it is high time to take a new look at Oliver Stone’s 1987 film about greed on Wall Street. It came on the heels of … Continue reading Wall Street: Days of Bloodsucking

Star Wars Episode I: Vader’s Boyhood Years

EVERY GENERATION HAS A LEGEND. EVERY JOURNEY HAS A FIRST STEP. EVERY SAGA HAS A BEGINNING. According to Merriam Webster, the word “anticipation” means among other things “pleasurable expectation”. They might as well have included an image of the poster for this film, the fourth in the Star Wars series, the first in chronological order. George Lucas … Continue reading Star Wars Episode I: Vader’s Boyhood Years