- Vancouver, British Columbia - Flight represents the coming together of two giants in the film business, Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis, both possessing legendary film resumes. In preparing for this review through taking another glance at Washington's filmography, I came away a little surprised by how many of his films I've actually seen. Few other actors have carried the same appeal throughout their career like Washington has, and when one considers the projects that Zemeckis has helmed, it is little surprise that this film has been carrying with it a considerable amount of buzz.
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- Vancouver, British Columbia - As a child, I was interested in the concept of time travel, yet for whatever reason, I never found the film Back to the Future particularly engaging or interesting. I think it may have had something to do with it not living up to my fantasies of what I would do with time travel, as well as the fact that in the film, they do not go that far back in time, so it left my imagination demanding more. Despite my previous prejudice towards the film, to say that the film enjoys cult status is putting it lightly. Back to the Future retains a special place in the minds of my generation as far as what the movies were meant to be. A special nostalgia surrounds the film, and quite honestly, I wasn't all that much in favour of the adoration that people had for it. Nevertheless, I had the opportunity to re-watch the film, so I decided to try to give it a fresh review.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - In 2000, Tom Hanks was at the top of his game, riding on a string of critical and box office hits beginning in 1993 with his Oscar-winning performance in the spectacular Philadelphia, which was followed by a second Oscar win for the memorable and charming masterpiece that was Forrest Gump. He followed this with Apollo 13, which was another critical and Oscar success. After this, he went on to perform in Toy Story, That Thing You Do!, Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, Toy Story 2, The Green Mile and then finally Cast Away. I can't personally think of another actor to string together so many excellent films without having a dud or critical bomb in between, but with Cast Away, Hanks returned to work with Robert Zemeckis, who had great success in creating the fictional biopic of Forrest Gump. Cast Away, oddly enough coincided with the beginning of the long lasting, and unfortunately over done reality TV series, Survivor in 2000. Though the two had no affiliation with each other, their coming out together within the same year only fostered a cultural interest in the art of survival against nature and isolation.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - Mars Needs Moms is a flop. A box office disaster. It's opening weekend pulled in just over $6 million, which didn't even come anywhere near it's preposterously high budget of $150 million. At the time I'm writing this, it has only made just over $20 million, three weeks after it opened. Disney will not make their money back... no time soon anyway. Someone is in big trouble for this failure and I'm pondering as to who would be responsible for it.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - Jim Carrey seems to have a soft spot for Christmas stories, gathering from his previous live-action portrayal of The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and now with a 3D animated verions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. On first glance, it might appear as not much more than another somewhat cheesy Christmas film in the vein of The Polar Express. While The Polar Express was quite something for its time, it does not age well. A Christmas Carol, however, does not share this same problem.