Abraham Lincoln is, for Hollywood at least, a Great American Mascot – a metaphor for the aspirational ideals of an entire nation. The difficulty of retelling the Lincoln story is not in locating a new angle but the challenge of mining nuggets of intimacy from the bedrock of legend. The
Twenty years ago, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln might have been the undeniable, no-holds-barred front-runner to win best picture, best director, and myriad other prizes at the Academy Awards. While such a sweep might not happen in this day and age, the aura of a prestige film with an iconic director at
I don’t want to write a “review” of Rian Johnson’s movie Looper per se. It’s certainly one of the more interesting films of the year, and the direction and acting is top-notch. Instead I want to discuss whether or not the movie follows its own internal logic and actually comes together to make any sort of “sense.”
On Friday, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi kicked off the New York Film Festival and received high marks from the critics. The epic scale, lauded visual effects, and story about humanity might tug the heartstrings of Oscar voters, and if there’s a movie out there to grab “the heart vote,”
When you think of film and time-travel there are a lot of movies that come to mind: The Time Machine, Back to the Future, The Terminator and Primer to name a few. Rian Johnson (Brick and The Brothers Bloom) has decided to throw his hat in with the sub-genre and while I will not say that it redefines it, it definitely uses the ideas that have already been established by the films that came before it and adds a twist on it to create one of the most enjoyable science-fiction experiences you’ll see this year.
It’s hard to watch a film set in a post-Giuliani New York City and not wonder whether it would even be recognizable to certain denizens of its famed cinematic past. The greedy, seedy city of Ratso Rizzo, Popeye Doyle, and Travis Bickle has transformed over the years into a place suitable for tourists, gentrifying families, and Garry Marshall rom-coms.
I wasn’t going to do a highlight post this week for Saturday Night Live. The episode was overall pretty weak, despite the dapper young host’s best effort and enthusiasm. Plus, the two moments I would have highlighted suffered from “one-time use” music license issues so they weren’t online. Luckily, I guess someone
Each day before the beginning of every month, I’ll spotlight four films you should see each week and why, including trailers, clips, pictures and anything else I can. They’ll either be films coming out in theaters that week or something on Netflix I think you should see. The kind of
Politics: with the Republican National Convention hoopla happening right now, the Democratic National Convention taking place next week, and the Presidential election right around the corner, it’s all anyone can talk about. It makes sense that several Oscar-centric articles have focused on how the political atmosphere can affect an awards
The list of actors who have played President Abraham Lincoln is a long, illustrious, and colorful one — from Joseph Henaberry (in the extremely controversial Birth of a Nation) to Benjamin Walker (in the extremely disappointing Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) with Walter Huston, Jason Robards, F. Murray Abraham, Henry Fonda and about
Yes please! Austin’s Fantastic Fest 2012 announced it second wave of films today, including one of the most anticipated films of the year, Looper, in the mix. This will bring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Rian Johnson to our fair city in September. JGL (Joseph Gordon Levitt) has become more than
A new and quite stunning international poster for the upcoming film Looper is here! Check it out below: The film stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels and is directed by Rian Johnson. The synopsis: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented
Before heading into this Oscar-focused analysis of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, I’d like to take some time to remember all lives directly affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, where James Holmes killed and injured people who attended a midnight screening of the film on its opening night.
The Dark Knight Rises is without a doubt the biggest movie of the year. While it “only” had the third biggest opening weekend in history, it’s 2D-only release means that it actually sold more tickets than the top 2. We here at Screen Invasion were excited for the flick and most
To offer commentary on The Dark Knight Rises is to go back to every part of the movie and discuss it. Therefore, I will say that this is not a review, but more a discussion of what works and what does not within the film, and contains MAJOR SPOILERS below.