March 30, 2012 |
Did the ancient Greeks think in terms of sequels? The ongoing adventures of their mythological gods certainly lend themselves easily to serialized entertainment. And so following the box-office success of 2010's "Clash of the Titans" comes the more-of-the-same sequel "Wrath of the Titans. " Directed this time out by Jonathan Liebesman, the film lacks inspiration or zest in storytelling, performance or action. This is pure product, a movie desperately without energy or enthusiasm of any kind.
January 27, 2012 |
When a guy steps onto a narrow ledge, many stories above a messy bit of New York City asphalt, you figure it is someone in dire straights taking desperate measures. In "Man on a Ledge" that guy is an ex-cop, convicted felon and recent prison escapee played by Sam Worthington - a situation that is about as fraught as it gets. And yet, Worthington's Nick Cassidy doesn't seem all that frantic, in fact, except for a couple of deep breaths he barely breaks a sweat. I, on the other hand, was gripping anything in reach, palms dripping, thinking I might not have survived the effects had they been 3-D. Though there were other production sites, serious time was spent actually shooting on that 14-inch ledge wrapping the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel to create the vicarious sensation of being there.
November 4, 2011
SERIES Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: In two new episodes, an Iraq war veteran who has a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by, among other things, loud noises, lives near a rock quarry and a train yard. With help from Glenn Close, Ty and the team build a brand-new home in a quieter neighborhood (8 and 9 p.m. ABC). Kitchen Nightmares: Chef Ramsay attempts to make over a Burger Kitchen in Los Angeles (8 p.m. Fox). Supernatural: In this new episode Dean and Sam (Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki)
April 2, 2010 |
Miley Cyrus and Tyler Perry will try to crash the box office this weekend, but they should be no match for a hero of Greek mythology. Director Louis Leterrier's remake of "Clash of the Titans," which stars "Avatar's" Sam Worthington as the Greek mythological hero Perseus, is expected to dominate the box office this weekend, with observers forecasting a take between $60 million and $70 million. A "Titans" opening approaching the premiere of 2007's "300," which grossed $70.9 million in its first weekend, is not impossible.
March 8, 2010 |
A splatter of midafternoon rain fell on the tented red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards, but it was just an empty threat. In the end, the sun (and Johnny Depp's mad grin, thanks to a giant billboard for "Alice in Wonderland") looked down on the most fame-packed piece of real estate on Earth. Here's the report from this year's rug. Master of the carpet: Some stars spent little time on the rug -- Morgan Freeman, for instance, jog-walked right past the media despite the protestations of a heartbroken BET team -- others linger for the long haul.
February 10, 2010 |
When "Up in the Air's" Ryan Bingham says "moving is living," he's standing at a podium in front of a group of anonymous businesspeople, discussing the benefits of eliminating the literal and figurative baggage in their lives. But as the movie progresses, it's clear that Bingham's ability to travel light is much more about avoiding any emotional attachments than it is about gliding with ease through an airport security line. Although Bingham, played by the Oscar-nominated George Clooney, is using travel as a way of escaping emotional growth -- or, some might say, making time stand still -- "Up in the Air" isn't the only film this season -- or even the only Oscar nominee -- that uses the physical journey as a metaphor for a character's visceral transformation.