Browsing all articles from November, 2012.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

* Bigger is definitely not better in Breaking Dawn Part 2, an overblown series finale that jettisons Twilight’s signature silly love triangle between a vampire, human and werewolf—in favor or a cluttered, badly CGI-d vampire showdown the likes of which we’ve seen many, many times before. The vampires look fake, the werewolves faker and the […]

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Anna Karenina

* * 1/2 All the world’s a stage, but in the case of Joe Wright’s new screen adaptation of Anna Karenina, perhaps it shouldn’t be.  While wish I could say that Wright’s conceptual audacity in setting his new movie version of Tolstoy’s classic largely inside a decrepit, 19th century theater—a deliberately artificial conceit at once […]

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Charlie Bewley and Daniel Cudmore Travel Darker Road in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

I made it out of my chat with Charlie Bewley and Daniel Cudmore, veterans of The Twilight Saga pictures as members of the menacing Volturi vampire council, without being either, you know, decapitated or “changed.”  They may be diabolically vicious onscreen but luckily neither seems all that threatening sitting on the sofa of a hotel […]

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Flight

* * * 1/2 The opening scenes of Flight tell us everything we need to know about Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a middle-aged, coked up alcoholic who happens to be a respected commercial airline pilot.  He’s just had a wild binge of sex and substances with a pretty flight attendant (Nadine Velazquez) whom he thinks […]

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What Becomes An 80s Icon Most? Sybil Danning on Her Career as Model, Movie Star and My B-Movie Mentor

Three decades ago I spent many a late evening with Sybil Danning—the arresting Austrian model turned American movie star, she of the hourglass physique, disarming screen presence and tongue-meet-cheek relationship with her often outrageously entertaining movies—at the small-town Michigan drive-in where I was schooled in the pitfalls of women in prison, women on-the-run in South […]

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