“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”
Laura Cotta Ramosino | 30 May 2013 |
As the fairy tale goes, Hansel and Gretel are abandoned in the forest by their father and end up kidnapped by a witch who imprisons them in her marzipan house. The children manage to kill the witch and become famous as invincible witch hunters -- which is why they are summoned to Ausburg, a town where many children have disappeared... Hansel and Gretel begin to investigate, but behind the abductions is a powerful grand-witch who knows many secrets hidden in their past...
“The Great Gatsby”
Luisa Cotta Ramosino | 29 May 2013 |
A luxurious adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, the new movie by Baz Luhrmann has everything necessary to make the most of its 3D potential: luxurious scenes of car races and parties, and scenes that explore the “imaginary” universe (as in other movies, Luhrmann transforms reality into the abstract)
“Olympus Has Fallen”
Raffaele Chiarulli | 28 May 2013 |
After a band of North Korean terrorists’ attack and nearly destroy the White House, they take the President and his staff hostage and barricade themselves in an underground bunker where they plan a nuclear holocaust.
Superman and me
Ruth Maramis | 24 May 2013 |
I have been a fan of Superman all my life. It’s perhaps not a surprise to most of you if you’ve been following my blog for some time. A throng of superheroes have come and gone in the last three decades since I saw Superman: The Movie for the first time. In fact, the number of comic-based films have quadruppled in the last ten years and there’s no end in sight, but for me, the Kryptonian hero shall always be my favorite.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Ruth Maramis | 21 May 2013 |
For some reason this Irish-French-Belgian animated feature eluded me, even though it was one of the Best Animated Feature nominees in 2010. It definitely deserves such kudos!
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Ruth Maramis | 21 May 2013 |
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.
Three flix picks for Easter… or any other time of the year
Ruth Maramis | 27 Mar 2013 |
Just want to wish everyone a blessed Easter. Even those who aren’t believers might opt to watch some Christian-themed films this time of year, such as The Ten Commandments (should be on by now on one of the major network TV), King of Kings, Ben-Hur, The Passion of the Christ, or the animated feature The Prince of Egypt for the whole family.
Musings on Asian directors… why do so few thrive in Hollywood?
Ruth Maramis | 18 Mar 2013 |
I had just seen STOKER on Tuesday night, which inspires me to write about this post. Now, a lot of you know I was born in South East Asia but I moved to the US to go to college and has been staying here since. I feel like I need to preface this article by saying that I am actually guilty of not being familiar with Asian cinema even though my brother was into Kung Fu movies at the time (particularly the Sin Tiaw Hiap Lu series).
Side by Side
Ruth Maramis | 06 Sep 2012 |
This is an insightful and thoughtful documentary produced and narrated by none other than Keanu Reeves. I’ve always thought that Keanu is one of those actors who are far more intelligent than meets the eye, and despite his stoic style, I quite like him as an actor and enjoyed a lot of his movies. Here he collaborated with Christopher Kenneally who previously worked with him as production manager in Henry’s Crime to direct the film. I think Keanu is the perfect person to conduct all the interviews, not only has he worked with a variety of directors in over 50 films, he’s also got that friendly, laid-back personality that would help make all the directors feel at ease discussing this hot-button issue. It’s nice to see Christopher and Keanu’s passionate curiosity on this topic as they asked some honest questions on both sides of the spectrum.