Tag Archives: Giovanni Ribisi

Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

THE MISSION IS A MAN. Steven Spielberg has directed several masterpieces over the years, but this one is the most controversial. The general sentiment expressed by snobs is that the first 20 minutes, depicting the invasion of Normandy, are outstanding, but the rest is typical Spielberg mush. It’s as if the fact that those 20 … Continue reading Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

Selma: Battle on a Bridge

ONE DREAM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. When Ava DuVernay was hired to direct this movie, which would become an explosive breakthrough for her after a few independent films, she focused on Martin Luther King’s speeches. She didn’t have the right to use them in Selma because the King estate had licensed the copyright to DreamWorks … Continue reading Selma: Battle on a Bridge

A Million Ways to Die in the West

BRING PROTECTION.  Arizona, 1882; sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) due to a lack of ambition and courage, but a newcomer (Charlize Theron) in town tries to help him win her back. MacFarlane’s second directing effort reunites the same writers who made Ted (2012) so funny, but results this time … Continue reading A Million Ways to Die in the West

Lost in Translation: Aliens in Tokyo

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE FOUND. Sofia Coppola, the daughter of esteemed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, was about to direct her second film after debuting with The Virgin Suicides (1999), and she still wasn’t sure if she had her star. After going to Japan to start shooting, Coppola and her crew did not even know which … Continue reading Lost in Translation: Aliens in Tokyo

Gangster Squad

NO NAMES. NO BADGES. NO MERCY. In 1940s Los Angeles, Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is secretly tasked with gathering a small group of men he can trust in an attempt to rid the city of the powerful mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Zombieland (2009) director Ruben Fleischer takes on a different genre, with less … Continue reading Gangster Squad

Ted

When John was a kid, his beloved teddybear came alive thanks to a Christmas wish; as an adult, Ted is still his best buddy… but also an obstacle in John’s four-year long relationship with Lori (Mila Kunis). Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s feature film directing debut will please every fan of that show, as both … Continue reading Ted

Avatar: Bonding With Aliens

  Too many ingredients and aspects of Avatar are too reminiscent of other movies or simply too silly. But here it is in all its glory, trying to meet expectations that have built ever since James Cameron made Titanic (1997). The way technology has been used in the making of the movie has indeed been revolutionary. What audiences will … Continue reading Avatar: Bonding With Aliens

The Rum Diary

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN MODERATION.  In 1960, hard-partying reporter Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) goes to Puerto Rico to work for the local newspaper and gets involved with a wealthy American’s (Aaron Eckhart) shady business dealings. Bruce Robinson’s first film in two decades allows us to view the exploitation of the island nation through the boozy, drug-addled … Continue reading The Rum Diary

Public Enemies

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED. It’s 1933 and John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) has just been proclaimed America’s public enemy number one; Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) intends to hunt him down. A disappointment considering director Michael Mann’s talent; the movie is leisurely paced, nothing new comes out of an oft-told story and the HD cinematography … Continue reading Public Enemies

Gone in Sixty Seconds

ICE COLD. HOT WIRED.  Retired master car thief Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage) is forced back into the game when his brother (Giovanni Ribisi) screws up; in order to stay alive they must steal 50 high-end cars in one night. Few appreciated this remake of the 1974 original. There’s fast cars, faster editing and a … Continue reading Gone in Sixty Seconds

Perfect Stranger

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO KEEP A SECRET? Investigative reporter Rowena Price (Halle Berry) goes undercover to find out if powerful ad executive Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis) killed a friend of hers. Another tepid thriller from director James Foley, this one with potential for sexy encounters between the two stars. That doesn’t happen though. … Continue reading Perfect Stranger

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

JOIN THE RESISTANCE. In 1939, reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) and flying ace Joe Sullivan (Jude Law), who once dated, reluctantly join forces to track down the evil genius who sent an army of robots marching on New York. Director Kerry Conran’s debut is a dream come true for him, an old-fashioned adventure flick with … Continue reading Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow