April 17, 2013 |
It feels as if we've hit a major movie slump. So much this year has disappointed. I wasn't entranced with Danny Boyle's crime thriller "Trance. " "42," Brian Helgeland's new drama based on baseball great Jackie Robinson's historic defiance of racial stereotypes, didn't knock it out of the park despite its good intentions. I even considered a shout-out for Selena Gomez and her gal-pals in "Spring Breakers" for exceeding low expectations. And so I find myself suggesting that you consider taking on the latest challenge from director Terrence Malick - "To the Wonder.
April 11, 2013 |
Terrence Malick, as unconventional, esoteric and spiritual as ever, has created an ocean of love in "To the Wonder," filling it with calm seas, treacherous storms, incredible beauty and a god who watches over it all. Love in all its many facets is distilled and dissected by the writer/director from first flame to dying embers, between couples and between mankind and God. There is no new ground, really, the distinction is in the way Malick covers...
April 9, 2013 |
When Roger Ebert died last week little more than a day after declaring he was taking a “leave of presence,” people turned to see what the legendary film critic's final published review was. Some were dismayed to find it was a rather middling take on the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's “The Host.” It seemed somehow not enough. Then Ebert's longtime online editor Jim Emerson let it be known that there was one more on its way, a look at Terrence Malick's “To the Wonder.” Ebert had long been a supporter of the filmmaker, even including Malick's 2011 film “The Tree of Life” on his 2012 ballot for the Sight & Sound magazine poll of the greatest films of all time.
March 15, 2013 |
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With All-CCAA guard DeRonn Scott out because of a foot injury, the call came from the Cal Poly Pomona coaches for someone to step up. Terrence Drisdom answered the call and scored a career-high 26 points Friday, leading the Broncos to a 69-61 first-round NCAA Division II victory over Chico State. Chico State took an early 17-9 lead, but Cal Poly Pomona closed out the first half on a 20-4 run. "This just shows how tough we are," Drisdom said "When we're down like that, we don't hang our heads and go through the motions, we just try to keep playing tough.
February 16, 2013 |
HOUSTON - If at first you don't succeed, then you would fit right in at the NBA's dunk contest. The first two rounds of the competition Saturday night at Toyota Center involved more do-overs than actual dunks. New York's James White missed five attempts in the allotted 90 seconds in the second round. Given another untimed attempt, he missed that one too. "I'm glad everybody try-tried again," said Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, who missed four attempts in the first round before simplifying his approach and making a spinning dunk after touching the ball against the backboard.
December 19, 2012 |
Director Terrence Malick's new film, coming on the heels of "The Tree of Life," may not be anyone's idea of a light romp at the movies, but based on the just-released trailer, it sure looks good. The film, which had its North American debut last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. It tells the story of an American man (Affleck) who embarks on a romance with a French single mother (Kurylenko) and brings her back to his Oklahoma hometown.