REEL TALK Screen time: Review of 'Pain and Gain'
A couple things about Michael Bay's new movie "Pain and Gain."
PRO: Michael Bay FINALLY stops taking himself so seriously.
In one scene, crippled Tony Shalhoub (Monk from "Monk") tries to pick a bun... Posted on 5/8/13 at 5:15 PM
CUTE 'N' COMFY Too much time, so many movies
I had the day off work, so what did I do? Go to Hollywood of course! With three great flicks, a couple cuties and a day full of wardrobe changes, it was quite the adventure!
But seriously, I just d... Posted on 3/27/13 at 8:24 PM
IN THE BLACK Free Redbox Code
To celebrate their 10th Birthday, Redbox is offering a free one-night movie or game rental. To get the free rental, enter the code "BIRTHDAY". It is only valid for Wednesday, October 10 and is limit... Posted on 10/10/12 at 12:06 PM
A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Tai Chi: Fantastical Reality
Initially, I chose to come to Wu Dang Shan (rather than other sights in China) because I wanted to participate in the culture---by way of doing tai chi. But let's not neglect the fact that sight-seein... Posted on 9/15/12 at 7:33 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS One Empty Chamber
Its back to the bullet format this week. I give five bullets
points that do not warrant a column on their own but together fill
the cylinder quite well.
Bullet One: Whenever I am in Thief River Fal... Posted on 7/8/11 at 8:13 AM
Bullets, bullwhips and beatings produce slo-mo geysers of blood. Pistoleros launch into soliloquies on slavery and the German Siegfried myth. “Django Unchained” is set in Quentin Tarantino’s pre-Civil War South.
“Short Cuts” are expedient, pretension-free movie reviews. This installment tackles Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer,” the star-studded B-movie “Leaves of Grass” and “All American Orgy,” the dark indie comedy featuring Sarah Silverman’s sister Laura that used to be called “Cummings Farm.”
LOS ANGELES — "Salt" director Phillip Noyce knew he had some serious dedication on his hands when he showed Angelina Jolie the facade of the apartment building that her character climbs in one scene, Spider-Man style, 11 stories above the ground.
You could argue that Hollywood's sequel mania really began in earnest in 1989, when the box-office grosses started piling up for both "Ghostbusters 2" and "Lethal Weapon 2," proving that there was no good reason — from the business end of the equation — why you had to come up with an original idea for a blockbuster movie when you could just milk something that had already worked. "Lethal Weapon" went on to a long and happy sequel life.
On a recent afternoon, a dozen cinematographers, directors and camera assistants huddled inside a sound stage on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, wearing black plastic glasses as they watched a monitor.
July is the month when movies gets dizzy (or is it ditsy?) from the heat, and this year is no exception, with films featuring heartthrob vampires, evil aliens and the never-gets-old concept of talking dogs.
There are a number of celebrity cameos in "Iron Man 2" that will inspire some audience giggles (Bill O'Reilly has a memorable moment, for instance, and comics icon Stan Lee shows up with a particularly inspired disguise), but there's also one that might be met with some gasps.
Nursing a nasty Jack Daniels hangover, director Matthew Vaughn spent Wednesday morning doing the same thing he's been doing for weeks: defending "Kick-Ass," his ultra-violent and deliriously profane superhero film, which opens Friday.
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