Doug Liman may not be a household name but his movies are. For years he has been building a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most bankable directors. His film credits include The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Go, Swingers and Jumper. His latest project is a conscious departure from his usual blockbusters, the political thriller Fair Game. It chronicles the real-life drama of ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame and her expulsion from the agency. As icing on the cake, Liman’s two leads in the film are Naomi Watts as Plame and Sean Penn as her husband Joe Wilson. Continue reading
With the Thanksgiving movie season starting today, audiences will be ready for something other than turkey and pie when the dinner table is clear and belt buckles are loosened up. Several movies are now playing that are looking to get your attention but the one with the most widespread appeal this season is Disney’s new animated adventure “Tangled.”
Disney has a lot riding on its updated take of the Rapunzel fairytale and they’ve pulled out all the stops to prove they’re serious about getting back to their animated roots. Fairytale storyline, check. Musical numbers, check. Classical love story, double check. Actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi (from NBC’s “Chuck”) lead the voice cast as the traditional romantic odd couple who meet, get into adventures and I’m sure you can guess the rest. Continue reading
Director Danny Boyle has a well-earned reputation in critics circles for being a friendly and honest interview subject. My first experience with the man came when he was promoting his underrated family film “Millions.” It was a quick chat but I could easily see how his humble charm could win over film critics.
Subsequent interviews with Boyle for his follow up films “Sunshine” and the award-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” confirmed what I suspected, not only does he love filmmaking but he’s also one of the few people to speak openly about it. In a climate where interview answers are rehearsed and scrutinized in order to give off a false image, it’s refreshing to speak to someone who doesn’t feel a need to be fake and say “the right things.” This doesn’t suggest that Boyle goes around trashing his actors or making controversial remarks, just that his answers are candid and his overall personality is endearing to a stranger like me. Continue reading