Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island (2010) – A book-to-screen adaptation will always suffer under the weight of expectation. I’ve voraciously devoured about eight of Dennis Lehane’s books now, Shutter Island included. I like the way that the man spins a mystery and I usually end up crushed by his usual downer endings. I love that not only has … Continue reading

X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men: First Class (2011) – This article was originally published on 12ftdwende.com on 3 June 2011 As I believe I’ve mentioned several times before, I am a geek. I may not be as hardcore as some (you should meet my friend Joe), but I like superheroes and science fiction and all that awesome stuff. Of … Continue reading

If I had my own damn Award Show…

Well, the Oscars are coming up in a couple days. I’ll get my picks and predictions and whatnot posted Sunday morning and then try to do some sort of real-time reaction thing like I tried doing with the Emmys a while back… In the meantime I figured I’d chime in with what I actually thought … Continue reading

2012 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films

2012 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts – The past few years a company called Shorts HD (formerly Shorts International) has been released the Academy Award Nominated Short Films. There are three categories: Live Action, Animation, and Documentary (which was unfortunately screened only one night in Sacramento so I missed it). These are the Live Action nominees. … Continue reading

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane Almost every year from 1994 to 1999, Dennis Lehane published one of his novels featuring private investigator duo Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. He took just over a decade off from his most famous characters after that, opting instead to write stand-alone novels like Mystic River, Shutter Island, and The … Continue reading

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

The Killer Inside Me (2010) – Stanley Kubrick called Jim Thompson’s novel The Killer Inside Me one of the most disturbing portrayals of the psychopathic mind he had ever seen. I have not read that book, but now that I have seen Michael Winterbottom’s film adaptation, I cannot imagine that Stan was that far off. … Continue reading

The Town (2010)

The Town (2010) — While not on the same level as his debut Gone Baby Gone, The Town proves that Ben Affleck really seems to know what he’s doing as a director.  He got massively overexposed in the late 90s/early 2000s and did just about anything for a paycheck (including a movie called Paycheck) but … Continue reading

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Gone Baby Gone (2007) — So I just read the book and wanted to watch the movie again with that new frame of reference.  As an adaptation goes, the movie is rather streamlined.  Some of the casting is off from the descriptions in the book but if I have problems with this movie, the cast … Continue reading