The Summer TV Lineup – Finding the Best New Shows

The Summer TV Season is a mix of promising shows, fillers, old stand bys and experiments. Understanding the reason a TV show is situated in the summer lineup is important in finding the true gems. This article categorizes the summer TV lineup so that you can make informed decisions that help pass the time in an entertaining way while you wait for your old favorites to return in the fall!

Gnomeo and Juliet

In what might become an anthem for the Gnome Liberation Front, Gnomeo & Juliet (very loosely) retells the story of William Shakespeare’s famed tragedy of nearly the same name. But, after all, a movie about doomed garden gnome love by any other name is still as dreadful. Oddly enough, a pastiche of Shakespeare puns and gardening jokes took nine writers – Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Kelly Asbury, Rob Sprackling, and John R. Smith – to fully realize. That might be the funniest thing about the film. Between them, be it final touch-ups, penning the original stories, script drafts, or tossing in jokes here and there, they pulled off true movie magic: a film that feels like it has no screenplay at all, written by a small committee.

Godzilla 2012: A New American Godzilla Movie

Legendary Pictures is co-producing a new American Godzilla movie scheduled for a 2012 release date. Gareth Edwards, the British director who made the sci-fi movie Monsters has been signed to direct the movie.

Another Year – Another Great Leigh Film

British writer-director Mike Leigh is absolutely one of the most impressive filmmakers alive today. His method of working is unparalleled in its ability to create believable, fully realized characters and utterly realistic situations. What he does can be expressed quite simply, but is undoubtedly very difficult: he takes his time. He rehearses for months without a script, creating the characters and their situations with the actors through improvisations and other exercises and writing the script based on these insights. The result is that we see real people, whose lives begin before the film and go on after it, as opposed to the more utilitarian and one-dimensional characters usually seen in films.

True Grit – A Classic Western From The Coen Brothers

If I were going to direct a Western, I wouldn’t even consider any other cinematographer than Roger Deakins. A frequent collaborator of the Coen Brothers, Deakins shot two of the best films of 2007 – the Coens’ No Country For Old Men and Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (quite possibly the best Western ever made) – and it was his painterly eye and excellent use of light that created the mournful, elegiac and distinctly American feel of both those excellent films. Now he has reteamed with Joel and Ethan for their first true period Western, True Grit, and more than their wonderfully dry humor or the excellent performances by Jeff Bridges and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, it is his work that makes the film as good as it is.

Black Swan – Review

If you want to watch “Black Swan”, be ready for one heck of a psycho sexual scary drama. It is dark and artistic cinema, crafted with almost perfection by director Darren Aronofsky. It shows hallucinations suffered by a young dancer in an effort to achieve artistic perfection.

I Love You Phillip Morris

This is one of the best and most unusual romantic comedies I have ever seen. The way it subverts the genre and toys with audience expectations is truly exceptional, which is probably what should be expected from co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writing team behind the highly unusual and subversive Christmas movie Bad Santa (2003). They followed that with the lazy Bad News Bears remake (2005), which basically retread the same ground in a much less funny and original way, but for that I shall give them a pass, mainly because Santa is so severely excellent (it has replaced Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life as the traditional Christmas Eve movie in my family).

Creating and Pitching A New Cartoon Character to Networks: Strategies

Cartoons have developed popular followings throughout the years, first beginning as small animated shorts and then later developing into full length movies. The characters are often exaggerated versions of human beings and put in a variety of different comical situations that highlight certain elements of their inherent character. The fun thing about cartoons is that they often transcend the common boundaries that real life characters encounter and generally have no limits.

The Legacy of Silent Film

Perhaps one of the main reasons that so many of us, myself included, fail to “get” certain films, or certain aspects of film as a whole, is that we have not spent sufficient time studying the beginnings of the art form. We have not looked to the past. This, then, is a look at the first few decades of the cinematic arts, and the influence of these early films on what we see onscreen today.

The Greatest Kung Fu Movies of All Times

There have been hundreds of Kung Fu movies ever made; we have been treated with fight-scenes of a new genre, no guns, no bombs, just kicks flying out in the air. But which one among those heart-pumping movies are the greatest? Let us find out.

Movie Review: Fast Five (2011)

Fast cars – check. Beautiful girls – check. Blatant disregard for reality – check. Every element essential for a Fast and the Furious film is present in Fast Five, and in typical sequel form, an attempt to outdo the predecessor also takes priority. Here the solution manifests itself as an increase in both violence and the outlandishness of the car stunts, plus the inclusion of an Ocean’s 11-style heist and Dwayne Johnson’s cocky federal agent Hobbs.

Movie Review: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

Morgan Spurlock’s advantage with his documentaries is his insistence on comedic elements at every turn. Rather than dryly presenting facts, or even skewing bits of information to aid his slant, his statistics and figures are shown with witty ideas, obvious mockery and sharp sarcasm.