The Dark Knight Rises: A Stellar Conclusion

The Dark Knight Rises manages to bring Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy to an end with a thrilling and stellar conclusion. The closing chapter certainly changes up the pace after the first two films delivered a strong focus on organize crime.  Gone are the Falcone and Maroni crime families.  The terrorizing Bane (Tom Hardy) steps into replace them eight years after Harvey Dent’s death.  Thanks to the Dent Act, many criminals are behind bars.  Oh, does…

"The Dark Knight Rises: A Stellar Conclusion"

500 Days of Summer celebrates 10 Years

When 500 Days of Summer was released in theaters ten years ago, the film injected a spark into the romantic comedy genre. In the event that you forgot, 500 Days of Summer is an anti-romantic comedy.  The film tells the story of Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel).  The film does not tell their story in a linear narrative This honestly does not matter because it’s not a film that requires you…

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10 Things I Hate About You marks 20th anniversary

10 Things I Hate About You remains a teen classic some twenty years after Touchstone Pictures first released the screwball comedy in theaters. Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.  The film is just as fun to watch now as it was two decades ago.  I credit this–of course–to the chemistry between leads Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger.  They are but one equation in this ensemble-heavy film. This Taming of the Shrew retelling…

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Lincoln: A Film Worthy of President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln works as well as it does because the Abraham Lincoln biopic chooses to focus on the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Steven Spielberg is one of America’s greatest directors.  As such it makes perfect sense for Spielberg to direct a biopic of one of the nation’s greatest presidents.  While Tony Kushner’s script could very well focus on Lincoln’s entire life, it would just be too much for one film.  Instead, we get a focus…

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