I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

by Ethan Alter December 13, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Where apes? There apes!

Young Adult: Not Just Another Mean Girl

by Ethan Alter December 9, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Young Adult</i>: Not Just Another Mean Girl

It wouldn't be accurate to describe Mavis Gary, the central character of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman's first post-Juno collaboration, as a grown-up version of Juno MacGuff. Rather, she's a grown-up version of the girl that probably made fun of Juno MacGuff. A former high school Queen Bee, Mavis (played by Charlize Theron) ditched her podunk Minnesota town Mercury immediately after graduation for the bright lights of Minneapolis, where she found fame and fortune as a writer of young adult fiction. Well okay, "fame and fortune" is probably overstating things a bit. Her writing gig brings in just enough to allow her to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment, plus amenities like cable television and a steady supply of Diet Coke (her own personal breakfast of champions). As for the fame part, although she's penned several installments in the popular YA franchise, Waverly Prep, her name doesn't actually appear anywhere on the cover of those books. Instead, she's relegated to one of the inside pages, while the series' original creator takes top-billing for novels she didn't write.

I Want My VOD: December 2011

by Ethan Alter December 5, 2011 6:36 am
I Want My VOD: December 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, for your VOD viewing displeasure, here it is: 2011's worst movie.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

by Ethan Alter November 29, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

One pie, extra laughs, hold the pepperoni.

Indie Snapshot: Thanksgiving Round-Up

by Ethan Alter November 23, 2011 12:59 pm
Indie Snapshot: Thanksgiving Round-Up

Avoid the crowds at the multiplex by seeking out some of these independent films over the long holiday weekend:

I Want My VOD: November 2011

by Ethan Alter November 10, 2011 11:14 am
I Want My VOD: November 2011

Alessandro Nivola plays dad to Abigail Breslin, and Colin Farrell guards Keira Knightley in this month's VOD offerings.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

by Ethan Alter November 8, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

If ever, oh ever a wiz there was, Harry Potter is one because, because, because, because, because, because... because of the wonderful things he does.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

by Zach Oat November 1, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

One of these guys is crazy, the other is stupid and neither is particularly good at love.

Anonymous and Other Major Director Change-Ups

by Ethan Alter October 25, 2011 12:13 pm
<i>Anonymous</i> and Other Major Director Change-Ups

The last filmmaker you'd associate with an Elizabethan-era drama exploring the identity of the "real" author behind the work of William Shakespeare would be Roland Emmerich, the director of such spectacle-driven, explosion-filled entertainments as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. And yet, there's Emmerich's name in the credits for the already-controversial Anonymous, which opens in theaters on Friday. It's a daunting departure for Emmerich, but he's far from the first director that's attempted to upend his image by accepting an assignment that seems well outside of his comfort zone. Here are some of the other biggest directorial change-ups from within the past decade or so.

I Want My DVD, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

by Ethan Alter October 25, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Over there, over there, send the word, send the word, over there/That Cap is coming, that Cap is coming/And he won't be back 'til the Red Skull is over, over there.

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