Critics at large are lambasting this flick as being dull and overly complicated, but I’m afraid I have to disagree. Maybe everyone is just stuck in summer blockbuster mode, because even though the characters in The Words aren’t fighting against the end of the world, I found their personal struggles for identity, priorities, and ethical responsibility to be really compelling.
This week began with the shocking announcement that action-film director Tony Scott committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. His reasons for doing so have been widely speculated upon in the media, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s a private matter for his family. It’s bad enough that they have to face this tragedy with eyewitnesses trying to hock cell phone videos of the actual event to tabloid websites. As a Tony Scott fan, I thought this would be a good week to pay tribute to the master of the backlit silhouette by ranking my personal favorite Tony Scott films. And five is a nice round number.
Polo made a thunderous return to Oak Brook at yesterday’s first of four afternoon dedicated to the sport. Held at the Oak Brook Polo Club grounds located near the the golf course, the day brought perfect weather and large crowds, all cheering on their favorite team.
The reason this movie was boring is simple. Our main character hears about practically all the action secondhand, which does a very nice job of mimicking the reality of how many of us experience huge events of unrest, but I don’t really go to the movies to hear someone tell me about something interesting that happened not on screen.
Invite your family and friends to celebrate an event that only happens once every four years. Why not host an English-themed party for the 2012 London Olympic Games kick off? With everyone gathered around the television to watch the Opening Ceremony on July 27, serving up British classics will no doubt be a hit.
Seeing so many members of British acting royalty all on screen at the same time is wonderful. Luckily, the screenplay gives them plenty to do and at least one speech each, resulting in a very lovely movie about finding out what you want and having the courage to ask for what you deserve.
The latest outing starring modern film’s answer to Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Tautou (Amelie), is a fantastic character piece that explores exactly how easy it should be to fall in love and how hard it can be to be in love.
It’s finally come around again! This Sunday night it’s time for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.