Contrary to popular belief, The Last Song starring Miley Cyrus, an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel, is not your typical “teeny-bopper” love story. In fact, it is a heart-breaking tale about an estranged father-daughter relationship that is propelled into reconciliation when said daughter must spend her summer with her father, only to discover devastating news. For this reason, this film is not only recommended for teens and young adults, but for all women who consider themselves “daddy’s girl.”
“I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.” Greg Heffley’s perception of middle school was less than optimistic — in fact, he thought it was the dumbest idea ever invented. What middle schooler wouldn’t agree? That’s why Diary of a Wimpy Kid proved to be a popular book series and now a hit movie to boot!
Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone, starring Matt Damon, is a thrilling cinematic experience that effectively raises some very important questions regarding the American presence in Iraq. Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, whose primary purpose is to find the weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Miller discovers a major problem, however: they don’t exist.
The Hollywood Kodak Theatre rolled out the red carpet for the star-studded 82nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Celebrities from all over the world dressed to impress and made their way down the red carpet, stopping for photo opportunities along the way, of course. Steve Martin and Alex Baldwin co-hosted the show and just as expected, it was an evening to remember.
Director Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland boasts an impressive $116 million at the North American box office this opening weekend. Burton’s film is an entertaining mélange of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, often shortened to Alice in Wonderland. Much like Carroll’s works, the film is enjoyed by children and adults alike, though the violence and dark undertones of Burton’s film may force parents to look elsewhere when choosing a family film for the young ones.
Hollywood is gearing up for the 82nd annual Academy Awards, set to take place on Sunday March 7th at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. This year, Kathryn Bigelow’s Hurt Locker and James Cameron’s Avatar are expected to be the big winners, having received nine nominations each. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a close second with eight nominations. The year 2009 boasts an impressive lineup of films, and as expected, the competition is fierce. Competing for the coveted best-picture award are Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air. Of the 10 nominees, Avatar and Hurt Locker are considered the front-runners.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to watch Mark Boal’s Hurt Locker, you are depriving yourself of a powerful cinematic experience. Apparently, the awards committee for the Academy agrees considering the movie has been nominated for several awards, most notably, best picture. Unfortunately for producer Nicholas Chartier, if the movie receives the coveted award, he will not be present to witness the event.
Turner Movie Classics on February 27th showed its viewers My Son John, a 1952 film that Robert Osborne advised his audience had been deliberately put out of circulation since soon after it was released. In his introduction to the film, Osborne acknowledges that the film’s stars and producers were first rate. The cast included Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, and Robert Walker. Osborne also makes it clear that the film is an embarrassment to the film industry, full of childish anti-Communism and the foolish paranoia of America in the 1950s.
Paramount’s decision to delay the release of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island only increased the anticipation for the film’s February 12th debut. Evidently, it was well worth the wait. Never before has Martin Scorsese nor Leonardo Dicaprio, star of Shutter Island, had an opening as big as that of this film. In the first weekend of its release, Shutter Island has sold approximately $40 million in ticket sales. After viewing Shutter Island, it is not difficult to comprehend the film’s success.
“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Set in Blackmoor, England, in 1891, The Wolfman embodies all of the elements of the old-fashioned horror film: gore, thrills, suspense, and surprise.
Nicholas Sparks’ 2006 novel Dear John came to life on the big screen February 5, drawing throngs of females to the theaters. Despite the film’s overwhelming appeal to the young female audience, Dear John embodies the elements necessary to potentially capture the attention of all moviegoers: war, loyalty, passion, and of course, love. Unfortunately, screenplay writer Jamie Linden and director Lasse Hallström are inept at adapting Sparks’ wonderful novel to the movie screen.