Tag Archive for lord of the rings

Fairly stale faerie tale

Envision this look... for two solid hours

After the less-than-enthusiastic reception Tarsem Singh’s Mirror, Mirror received earlier this year, first-time director Rupert Sanders delivers what can be confidently said is the more anticipated update of the Grimms’ faerie tale, Snow White and the Huntsman, a roving, drifting…

Trophy strife

Andy Serkis' motion-capture performance in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Much has been made of a possible Oscar nomination for Andy Serkis’ astonishing performance(s) in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. If there has ever been the nagging question of whether or not it was his performance or the…

Harry Potter and the Aimless Narrative

Well, we’re a long way from the cupboard under the stairs now, and just as far from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s impossible at this point to approach the Harry Potter juggernaut with anything approaching objectivity. Unfamiliarity…

Everything old…

Never let it be said that Sylvester Stallone doesn’t know his audience. After railing against the ascent of what he calls “velcro muscles” that he claims have defined action movie stars in the last two decades, Stallone resurrects the big-muscle…