Spidey returns in full swing. And director Sam Raimi does the impossible to make this third installment the most grandiose of them all. And it is, budget-wise ($250 million) and narrative-wise, with an overwhelming story with multiple subplots and a near epic amount of special effects. Fighting off three villains, his love for Mary Jane and his inner struggle with darkness, even 2 hours and 19 minutes is not enough time to fully absorb all the tangled webs woven by Peter Parker. But it's all definitely fun and one of those movies that simply cannot be missed.
Filmed in 1998, this interesting film is finally reaching our shores and showing a completely different side of the Mexican cinema we've become used to. The story starts off with the decline of the Aztec empire during Hernán Cortés' era and displays the suffering of the indigenous people as they are forcibly converted to the beliefs and customs of the invading Spaniards, all the while trying to maintain their identities. The cast includes José Carlos Rodríguez, Elpidia Carrillo and Diana Bracho.
Something's not right here. Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana are attractive enough to make this movie work, but when you put them together, surprisingly, their chemistry is non-existent. The story, which never defines itself (is it a comedy, drama, chick flick, romance or tragedy?), doesn't help them one bit. Curtis Hanson, the director who has scored big with films like L.A. Confidential and 8 Mile, is lost in space with this one.
Unfairly, this production by prodigious director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley) came and went at the box office without much fanfare. Hopefully, the DVD edition won't follow suit. This relationship film deals with a man (Jude Law) who has problems communicating with his wife (Robin Wright Penn), and how a boy who breaks into their home to rob them leads him to his mother (Juliette Binoche), who in turn becomes a refuge and source of comfort for Law's character.
This is truly a momentous event. This cult film which kicked started the phenomenon of midnight showings in theaters, and which was kept under lock and key for 30 years because of a fight between its director, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and its producer, Allen Klein, is finally on DVD after both parties brokered a peace agreement. This western is an allegory for the search of human light with multiple Biblical references and is said to be John Lennon's, Peter Gabriel's and Marilyn Manson's favorite film. It comes with an impeccable image, re-mastered audio and production values that make it hard to believe it was filmed 37 years ago.
What happened to the fearless Nicole Kidman?... The one who demonstrated that beauty and art can reside in one person, the one who showed that you can be a Hollywood movie star and an actress at the same time? It's hard to accept it, but it seems like this star has burned out. Fur, a portrait of the life of photographer Diane Arbus, who devoted herself to photographing people in the margins of society, finds Kidman lost in her role, never quite getting across who Arbus was or what she felt. Her encounter with the character played by Robert Downey Jr. (á la The Elephant Man seems trivial. Obviously, the fault here lies largely with the director and the script. If anyone had demonstrated she could choose her roles well in the past, that was Kidman.