The tone of this action pic is completely, totally… MoreThe tone of this action pic is completely, totally Verbinski/Bruckheimer/Disney. It tries to say something serious about the industrialists and military villainizing the Native Americans to run them off their lands and profit by extending railroad tracks across the nation. But with Johnny Depp in the painted, looney Tonto role and the terrible scenes from the 1930s "future" Wild West museum with Depp looking like a raisin, the movie is hard to swallow. With ever bigger and bigger explosions and near death escapes, you can't really care about the characters. I had somewhere to be as this movie was nearing its conclusion. I missed, perhaps, the final 5-15 minutes, but I don't feel like I need to see more.
Fairly basic "making of" featurette. The cast and crew are all… MoreFairly basic "making of" featurette. The cast and crew are all self-congratulatory. Shows how some of the special effects are achieved. And talks about the changes the filmmakers made to Brian Selznick's book.
Lots of clips of sex symbol actresses from cinema history. Shows how… MoreLots of clips of sex symbol actresses from cinema history. Shows how culture has redefined itself again and again. It doesn't go very in depth though and usually only looks at one example of an actress's work to represent her whole career.
I have not seen their first film, The Trip. I just jumped straight… MoreI have not seen their first film, The Trip. I just jumped straight into their tour of Italy. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are semi-fictionalized versions of themselves, but it took me awhile to realize that they were fictionalizing things at all. There are actors playing their family members, personal assistants/agents, and staff at the hotels. The two frenemies spend much time chatting about Alanis Morissette and The Godfather films. One of the best scenes is a dream sequence recreation of a famous Italian set scene from The Godfather, Part II. Otherwise, they cruise around in a tiny sports car and dine at fancy restaurants retracing the path of the poet Byron's exile trek through the boot in the Mediterranean.
Documentary filmmaker Steve James turns the 436 page memoir into a two… MoreDocumentary filmmaker Steve James turns the 436 page memoir into a two hour movie. Steve is credited as the director, producer, one of the editors, and an additional camera operator. This doc was heavily funded by Indiegogo. It appears that it was quickly thrown together and it shows that Steve James was practically putting the thing together on his own much of the time. Still SUPER enjoyable! I read the memoir a few months after seeing the film. The focus of the film is more on his life with Chazz and the young filmmakers who he encouraged. Through television, newspapers, and books readers/viewers got to know Roger Ebert, but there is more to the man who became, perhaps, the most well recognized movie critic. It can be shocking at first to see what Ebert looked like in his final years after three failed reconstructive surgeries for his lower jaw. However, the cameras do not shy away and before long his smiling face telling mischievous jokes is as friendly as ever. It will tug at your heart as Steve James intended to continue live or virtual interviews with Mr. Ebert only for the news of his death to break. Roger Ebert's words will live on! "To me the movies are like a machine that generates empathy."