Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – There is no more ridiculous blanket statement that permeates the world of film snobbery than “sequels suck.” If you say that, you don’t know what the fuck you are talking about. Yeah, many series have a case of diminishing returns as they go on and on, but there are sequels that … Continue reading

The Tempest (2010)

The Tempest (2010) – The following review first appeared as part of a larger article (“Now in Theaters”) on 12ftdwende.com on 11 March 2011. Pretty well-written. That Shakespeare kid is going places, I think. Even if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark completely obliterates Julie Taymor’s Broadway career, she can still make movies. Her previous Shakespearean … Continue reading

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)– I could probably pick this movie apart point by point but that would really require giving it too much thought. When you DON’T give it too much thought, this movie is actually pretty fun. Jay Baruchel (as previously proven in She’s Out of My League, How to Train Your Dragon, and … Continue reading

Identity (2003)

Identity (2003) — After watching Knight and Day I got the urge to revisit one of James Mangold’s older [better] movies (if I have time this weekend I might watch 3:10 to Yuma as well).  He’s worked well in wildly disparate genres and this is his take on the horror flick.  But it’s not really … Continue reading

An Education (2009)

An Education (2009) – A star-making movie for Carey Mulligan.  She’s just adorable.  The writing is also quite spot-on and the acting is great all-around.  Alfred Molina starts as a caricature but sort of peels back the layers as the film goes on.  Cara Seymour has very little substantive dialogue but manage to convey a … Continue reading