‘Rules Don’t Apply’

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d have never gotten anywhere” – Marilyn Monroe Any expectation that Rules Don’t Apply will be a historically accurate telling of the tale of Howard Hughes, you are warned as the film begins that … Read more

‘Salinger’ documentary opens more of the book on the late J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger had one novel published in his lifetime.  It was titled “The Catcher in the Rye” (just in case you were one of the rare few never exposed to it) and it has sold over 65 million copies since being published in 1951.  It continues to sell over 250,000 copies annually and since the release of Shane Salerno’s documentary about the book’s author, it has leapt from 125th to 76th on the USA Today list of best-selling books.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is better than Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 3’ … but not ‘Spider-Man 2’

Andrew Garfield (as Spider-Man) and Emma Stone in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
Andrew Garfield (as Spider-Man) and Emma Stone in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

[rating=3]Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field,
Director(s): Marc Webb
Writer(s): James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, from a story by Vanderbilt, original comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

The Amazing Spider-Man is a much better film than Spider-Man 3The Amazing Spider-Man is not as good as Spider-Man 2, but the two films do share some strands of DNA. One of ASM’s screenwriters, Alvin Sargent, worked on the screenplays for both previous Spidey movie entries; he is joined byZodiac alumni, James Vanderbilt and perennial Harry Potter screenwriter, Steve Kloves. Director Marc Webb and the screenwriters build a compelling Spider-Man film that is more emotionally truthful to the source material than it is the minutia.

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‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ doesn’t die soon enough

 

Keira Knightly and Steve Carell in 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'
Keira Knightly and Steve Carell in ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

It’s another “the end is near” film only this time the object isn’t saving mankind or the planet.  Instead, inSeeking a Friend for the End of the World, the purpose is to see how people would behave knowing that everything on the planet is doomed and doomsday is three weeks hence.

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‘Apocalypse Now’ gets the full treatment with ‘The Complete Dossier’ DVD

[rating=3]Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Jay ‘Chef’ Hicks, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper
Director(s): Francis Coppola
Writer(s): Screenplay by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola; Narration by Michael Herr

Martin Sheen stars in 'Apocalypse Now'
Martin Sheen stars in ‘Apocalypse Now’

In the last fifteen years, I have made three or four different attempts to watch Apocalypse Now. In all those attempts, I was never able to get through the entire film. In each case I fell asleep at different points and never once saw the film all the way through.

Was this a commentary on the film? I wasn’t really certain, to be honest. Perhaps it was just the timing. Maybe I was particularly tired on those days. So, when the opportunity came for me to really watch the film, I took it. Last week I sat down and watchedApocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier, which was released this past Tuesday on DVD. This two-disc set includes the original theatrical cut of the film, as well as the extended Apocalypse Now: Redux which was released in 2001.

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