Revolutionary Road

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Based on the period novel by Richard Yates, the new Sam Mendes film Revolutionary Road concerns the plight of unhappy 1950’s suburbanites Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his wife April (Kate Winslet), and their desire to escape from the trap of their existence.  After an attempt at acting fails, April feels that her mundane life in suburbia has no more to offer her, and convinces Frank – who is similarly bored with his job, and even has a meaningless affair …

WALL-E

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It seems like Pixar Animation Studios can do no wrong. Even their weakest film, Cars was above and beyond most of the stuff being released by Hollywood today. Their latest film, WALL-E is no exception. Taking place in the future, Earth is now run by the Big-N-Large Corportion. Commercialism is at the apex of being. But, pollution and garbage are threatening the ability to live on the planet. So, the corporation decides to pack all the humans into spaceships, and …

Lemony Snicket's Series of Fortunate Events

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So as you know from yesterday’s post, I had left my laptop charger at Warner Brothers. The only other thing you need to know, before I share my “series of fortunate events”, is that I had a chance meeting with Oscar-nominated composer Javier Navarrete (Pan’s Labyrinth) yesterday at the scoring session to The Reaping, when he popped by briefly with his agent. This morning I needed to get some photographic elements for the Zimmer website I’m building, and so I …

Little Children

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Tonight I watched the screener DVD for Little Children. This film by Todd Field, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, focuses on a group of young families, whose lives are all miserable in differing ways. Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet) has a young girl, who she takes to the playground reguarly. There, she observes as the other mothers gossip about the latest goings on in their community. On a bet, she goes up to talk with Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson), …

The Good German

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Tonight I went with Kurt to see The Good German, the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh. Based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, the film takes place in post-war Berlin, where War Correspondent Capt. Jake Geismer (George Clooney) is back in town to cover the Potsdam Conference. There he becomes embroiled in a tale of murder and cover-ups, involving his former mistress Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), his driver Patrick Tully (Tobey Maguire), and a few military officials on the …

Jarhead

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“Welcome to the Suck”. That’s the tagline for Jarhead, the Sam Mendes flick about a sniper’s experience in the Gulf War – where he didn’t even get to fire his gun. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Starsgaard and Jaamie Faaxx (err, Jamie Foxx), the movie runs about two hours long, but… nothing really happens. I’m not really sure if that’s the point – we get to see a bit of Jake’s training, and then they’re shipped off to Saudi Arabia, where …

Finding Nemo

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What can one say about Finding Nemo that either hasn’t been said already, or doesn’t sound like a rehash of every Pixar movie review written since Toy Story? I went to see this new gem of a flick with John over at the Pacific Crest theater in Westwood. It was a 9:15pm show – the last show of the evening. I figured the “kiddy” factor would be reduced. I was right. However, as we waited patiently in line to get …

Road to Perdition

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For his second feature film, director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) throws us into a dark, gritty adaptation of a graphic novel set in the world of crime in 1931 in The Road to Perdition. Tom Hanks is Michael Sullivan, a hitman for John Rooney (Paul Newman). Sullivan’s son Michael Jr., curious about his father’s work, hides in the car when Sullivan goes out on a job. He ends up witnessing the execution of a business associate of Rooney’s, and before …