I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 8, 2012

by Ethan Alter January 8, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 8, 2012

"Stallone's not the law! I am the law!"

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 30, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

No October surprise here... The Campaign is a big disappointment.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 9, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Maybe this crystal ball can answer all the questions I have about Prometheus."

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

by Ethan Alter September 25, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Captain America and Thor survey the summer box office damage left in the wake of The Avengers.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

by Ethan Alter September 11, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Evil Queen abides.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

by Ethan Alter July 24, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Silent house... deadly house...

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

by Ethan Alter March 27, 2012 12:50 pm
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dudes, forget the map. Just use HopStop!

Indie Snapshot: Being Flynn

by Ethan Alter March 2, 2012 6:01 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Being Flynn</i>

Don't feel bad if you spend the first five minutes of Being Flynn wondering if you've wandered into Taxi Driver 2 by mistake. Director Paul Weitz unavoidably invites comparisons to Martin Scorsese's 1976 classic with an opening scene that features his star Robert De Niro -- playing Jonathan Flynn, one of the movie's three titular Flynns -- walking into a parking garage and taking a swig of an alcohol-laced drink before firing up the yellow cab he pilots for a living. The Travis Bickle resemblance grows eerier a few scenes later, when we glimpse Jonathan sitting in his cramped studio apartment, scribbling his thoughts on paper while speaking to us in voice-over. (Based on what we hear though, Jonathan's mind is a considerably less scary place than Travis's.) This clearly isn't accidental, as both De Niro and Weitz are too savvy to not recognize the iconography they're referencing. Instead, it seems like a cheeky inside joke to the movie buffs in the audience, as well as a tip-off that this won't be a Little Fockers-style phoned-in paycheck part for De Niro, but rather a role where he'll be required to actually act.

The Lorax: Who’ll Speak for the Trees?

by Ethan Alter March 2, 2012 6:00 am
<i>The Lorax</i>: Who’ll Speak for the Trees?

In the interest of lending some Seussian-style optimism to this discussion of The Lorax, Hollywood's latest attempt to translate the good doctor's groundbreaking work to the big screen, here are some things that the new animated adaptation of his 1971 environmental parable is better than:

Why You Should Spend Thanksgiving With <I>Hugo</i> Instead of <i>The Muppets</i>

Like every other kid that grew up watching The Muppets in their '70s and '80s prime, I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Kermit and the gang's big-screen reboot, The Muppets. It's no secret that Jim Henson's gaggle of colorful puppets lost their way somewhat in the wake of their creator's death, as classic features like The Muppet Movie giving way to embarrassments like Muppets From Space. Certainly, the creative team behind The Muppets -- which includes screenwriter and star Jason Segel, his co-writer Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobin (making his feature film debut after co-creating HBO's terrific Flight of the Conchords series) -- have been saying all the right things about their intentions with this movie, namely bringing back the same playful spirit and toe-tapping score that defined the first three Muppet features, The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and, my personal favorite, The Muppets Take Manhattan. As an added bonus, it was exciting to think that my own kid's first big-screen encounter with the Muppets (he's already been introduced to the earlier films on DVD) would be a good movie in its own right and not a disappointing reminder of the characters' past glories.

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