Tag Archives: J.J. Abrams

For the Love of Spock

Adam Nimoy, the son of Leonard, started this documentary as a project focusing on the star’s most famous character, Spock in Star Trek, but after his death in 2015 it developed into a movie about Nimoy’s whole life, from his son’s perspective. Adam appears on camera and conducts interviews with many actors and filmmakers who … Continue reading For the Love of Spock

The Disaster Artist

San Francisco, the late 1990s; 19-year-old Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is trying to become an actor and is awestruck by the take-no-prisoners approach of the mysterious Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). The story behind The Room (2003), the cult item that’s often called the most unintentionally hilarious bad movie ever made, is pretty straightforward, as we … Continue reading The Disaster Artist

The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

EVERY GENERATION HAS A STORY. There are some people out there who call themselves fans of Star Wars but still prefer to pretend like the trilogy of prequels that George Lucas created in 1999-2005 never happened, even though they were as excited about them before the premiere as they are now when the saga continues … Continue reading The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

Star Trek: Into Darkness

BEYOND THE DARKNESS, LIES GREATNESS. After an attack on Starfleet headquarters in San Francisco, the main suspect (Benedict Cumberbatch) hides on Klingon territory and is pursued by a vengeful Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew. The sequel to Star Trek (2009) is equally impressive, boasting beautiful visual effects (now in 3D that looks great even … Continue reading Star Trek: Into Darkness

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

HE’S NOT SELLING OUT, HE’S BUYING IN. In Super Size Me (2004), Morgan Spurlock spent a month eating nothing but McDonald’s food. In this documentary, he’s selling out to any company that’s prepared to invest in his new movie about product placement and advertising in TV shows and films. Spurlock sure likes to subject himself … Continue reading The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Super 8: Monster Mash

IT ARRIVES. Director J.J. Abrams’s first major collaboration with Steven Spielberg prompted David Edelstein of New York Magazine to spell it out: “Abrams has probably been fighting not to reproduce Spielberg’s signature moves since the day he picked up a camera. Now, with the blessing of the master, he can plagiarize with alacrity.” Super 8 is not … Continue reading Super 8: Monster Mash

Lost: Monsters and Hatches and Polar Bears, Oh My!

 In early 2004, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof took the concept for Lost that had been created by Jeffrey Lieber and turned it into something ABC felt comfortable to spend money on. Basic ideas and thoughts for a project that would run four or five seasons were outlined. The pilot became one of the most expensive ever shot … Continue reading Lost: Monsters and Hatches and Polar Bears, Oh My!

Star Trek

THE FUTURE BEGINS. This reboot is primarily meant to be a respectful new take on the franchise aiming to satisfy the fans and attract new ones, as we follow James T. Kirk’s upbringing, how he joined the Starfleet Academy and came to meet the crew members we all love from the old movies. At the … Continue reading Star Trek

Alias: Trust No One

When college student Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) joined SD-6, a secret branch of the CIA, she had no idea that her father already was a CIA agent and that her dead mother was in fact alive, but on the run from the U.S. government after turning into a supervillain in the grandest of James Bond traditions. That was … Continue reading Alias: Trust No One

Mission: Impossible III

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is getting tired of the game and wants out; he’s found a lovely woman (Michelle Monaghan) to marry but is talked into joining a rescue mission that goes awry… J.J. Abrams is the guy behind the TV series Alias, and his feature film debut opens in the middle of the story, … Continue reading Mission: Impossible III

Six Degrees of Separation

FOR PAUL, EVERY PERSON IS A NEW DOOR TO A NEW WORLD.  A wealthy art dealer couple (Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland) allow a young, articulated man (Will Smith) who claims to be a friend of their kids into their home and lives, but he has an ulterior agenda. An effective adaptation of the Broadway hit … Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation