April 14, 2011

The Fighter (David O. Russell, 2010)

WHAT IT IS: The tale of boxer Micky ’Irish’ Ward and his brother Dicky, a flash celebrity, drug-addicted ex-boxer from Lowell, MA, and their common struggle to reconcile life, career and family.HOW IT IS: it’s no secret (and I think I’ve mentioned it a few times in my critiques) that I don’t like biopics. I think a movie — which, […]
March 3, 2011

Terminator: Salvation (McG, 2009)

WHAT IT IS: In a very imminent future, John Connor is the leader of a branch of the human resistance against Skynet, an artificial intelligence bent on wiping out humanity from existence. HOW IT IS: Early on — as soon as exposition starts in fact, Terminator Salvation starts to fail in its attempt to create a new starting point for […]
April 20, 2010

3:10 To Yuma (James Mangold, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: A down-on-his-luck farmer (Christian Bale) volunteers to escort an outlaw (Russell Crowe) to the 3:10 train out of Yuma which will lead him to jail. HOW IT IS: Although Mangold (Heavy, Copland) is usually a very humanistic director, he succumbs here to the laws of the Hollywood blockbuster, arranging, at more than one occasion, inorganic plot points […]