- New Films
The following movies start Friday, Oct. 22:
“Paranormal Activity 2”
Duuirector: Tod Williams.
Star: Katie Featherston.
The plot: Plot unknown — a sequel to Oren Peli's no-budget
blockbuster, in which a couple became increasingly disturbed by a
nightly demonic presence in their new home.
Director: Clint Eastwood.
Stars: Matt Damon, Cecile De France.
The plot: A supernatural thriller centered on three peole who
are touched by death in different ways.
Genre: Drama, fantasy.
- Film Roundup
★★★★ (out of four)
Were it not for the involvement of David Fincher, I would have
had little interest in “The Social Network,” the new film about the
founding of Facebook. ’Cause here’s the thing: I hate Facebook. I
hate the manner in which it was conceived, I hate its effect on the
online community, the banality of its users’ content and its
needlessly confusing interface. Most of all, I hate everyone always
asking me if I’m on Facebook, and when I tell them that I have no
intention of ever starting a page, seeing them look at me as if I
just asked where the Internets are. Facebook is a bunch of crap
(helpful hint: I don’t care if you went out today to buy shoelaces
and a can of Pringles, and I certainly don’t want to see a
photographic record of this adventure), and resistance to its
influence can only make you a better, stronger person.
“THE LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF
Adapted from the first three books in Kathryn Laski’s “Guardians
of Ga’Hoole” series, the film tells the story of a young owl named
Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess, from “Across the Universe“ and “21”)
who, together with his brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten, of HBO’s “True
Blood”), is abducted by an army of vicious warrior owls led by the
evil Nyra (Helen Mirren) and Metalbeak (Joel Edgerton). The evil
owls apparently want to build a regiment of flightless young owls,
train them over the course of a few days, and then use them as an
integral part of their plan to take over the world. This plan also
entails using a bunch of magic vomit-rocks (?!) to kill the Good
Owls (led by Ezylryb, voiced by Geoffrey Rush in the film’s only
truly accomplished voice work) and then… I don’t even know, man.
And really, who cares?
“The Town” is no “Gone Baby Gone” — the material isn’t as
potent, for one thing, and it’s missing the provocative, layered
mystery that helped make Affleck’s first film such a treasure. As a
straight-up character-based thriller, though, it’s hard to find
fault with “The Town.” The story, involving a network of bank
robbers operating out of the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown, is
compelling, and the heists are executed with verve and intensity.
And as in his first film, writer/director Affleck displays a
peerless knack for capturing the shifting rhythms and moods of a
city. He’s been compared to a young Martin Scorsese in this regard,
and in terms of handling an old-fashioned narrative with the steady
confidence of a veteran, Affleck is also racking up favorable
comparisons to Clint Eastwood. They may smack of hyperbole, but
these praises are apt and richly deserved.
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 12:00 pm
Before we jump into a brief, free-flowing discussion of
auteurism — and how it relates to my lack of a review this week — I
wanted to take a moment to remind my legions of adoring fans to
drop by http://www.lodinews.com/blogs/battle_royale/">Battle Royale
and contribute to the debate. We’re still discussing our favorite
movie scenes of all time, and as soon as we get our assigned weekly
updates worked out, you can expect daily-ish posts on all manner of
(Special thanks to reader Chris Wallace for taking part with
such admirable flair and enthusiasm so early in the process.)
Friday, October 15, 2010 12:00 pm.