James Bond returns in Mendes-directed Spectre

The famous 007 returns and this time he’s going after Dr. King Schultz! Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista and Christoph Waltz and is the fourth installment in the Daniel Craig-James Bond franchise, following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. In this film, Bond, after the traumatic events of Skyfall (which I will not spoil), hunts down the diabolical organization, SPECTRE, and its leader, Franz Oberhauser (played by Waltz), who, as referred to in the trailer, claims to be behind it all. Therefore, you would think you … Continue reading James Bond returns in Mendes-directed Spectre

The Walk pleases with story and style

The documentary Man on Wire gets Zemeck-ified! The Walk is directed by Robert Zemeckis, the guy behind films like Back To The Future and Forrest Gump, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Clement Sibony and Ben Kingsley. The film tells the famous story of Philippe Petit (played by Gordon-Levitt), a French troubadour, and how he shocked the world as he dared to place a wire at the top of the Twin Towers and walk on it. With the help of his girlfriend, Annie (Le Bon), and a team of adventurists, Petit attempts to show the world, and himself, what … Continue reading The Walk pleases with story and style

The Visit exceeds expectations

In 1999, a smaller, lower-budget film came out called The Sixth Sense and it started a revolution. The spectacular direction, the amazingly well written script, an ending you’d never see coming — it changed the way people looked at cinema. Who was at the helm of this masterpiece? An unknown filmmaker named M. Night Shyamalan. All of the sudden, he was everywhere in the news and the subject of much praise. However, after Unbreakable and Signs, his fan-base went on a decline. His stories had more plot holes; his scripts contained dialogue that felt forced and unnatural and they did … Continue reading The Visit exceeds expectations

Spike Jonze tells an artful story of love and technology

BY GRAHAM HARTLAUB — Would you date Siri? Well, apparently, Joaquin Phoenix would. Her is a story about a lonely young man, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who lives in the not-so-distant future. A future in which people apparently never write their own letters, but instead play holographic video games with foul-mouthed alien children and date their artificial-intelligence operating system. Anyway, Theodore comes across a new, state-of-the-art operating system and installs it into not only his computer and his house, but his life. Through the OS system, he meets Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the film, an artificially intelligent being, … Continue reading Spike Jonze tells an artful story of love and technology