Heartless (2009) review
Philip Ridley is an artist, writer, and “occasional” filmmaker (three features in 20 years, so he’s hardly making a living at it). The Reflecting Skin, his 1990 directorial debut, remains his best-known movie (few people remember The Passion of Darkly Noon, five years later), and among the cognoscenti, Heartless was eagerly anticipated. Released several weeks ago on multiple...
Robin Hood (2010) review
Dear Brian Helgeland: I know Robin Hood, I’ve seen Robin Hood, and your Robin Hood isn’t Robin Hood. Oh, the 2010 Robin Hood isn’t a bad film (too long by at least half an hour, but the last 20 minutes make up for a lot), but it could just as easily been titled Men of Valour or The Phantom Sword or A Knight’s Tale (oh, wait, Helgeland already used that one). ...
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) review
Has it really been 26 years since the original A Nightmare on Elm Street was released? Damn…where did the ’80s…’90s…2000s go? Oh well, that’s not the point. The point is: did we really need a new version of that film? Many literary properties have been adapted to the screen multiple times—“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,”...
Iron Man 2 (2010) review
I was a “comic book kid” (a long time ago) but haven’t seen many of the superhero films released in recent years. Iron Man 2 was not high on my “to watch” list, since I’d missed the first one, but a free Friday night…meh…why not? As it turned out, Iron Man 2 was also mildly “meh.” Too long (can’t anyone...
Harry Brown (2009) review
Harry Brown is to Death Wish as Crazy Heart is to Tender Mercies and Avatar is to…a heck of a lot of other films. In other words, a film not so much scripted as cut-and-pasted by someone with a short attention span and a bookcase full of DVDs. Comparisons have also been made between Gran Torino and Harry Brown, because both films deal with widowed senior citizens...