Monthly Archives: December 2010


The Fighter 7.5

2010-12-22T03:53:53+00:00December 22nd, 2010|Reviews|

Award-worthy performances by, in order, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are backed by a supporting cast reminiscent of Mystic River or any of the growing Lehane/Affleck oeuvre. Unfortunately, for a boxing movie, the plot telegraphs its every punch. We know what's coming; our only interest is in seeing how it gets there. Matt [...]

Hamlet – 4

2010-12-17T17:34:38+00:00December 17th, 2010|Theater|

Britain's National Theatre production starring Rory Kinnear was broadcast in Hahn Hall as part of UCSB's Arts and Lectures series and disappointed for two reasons. One was that I couldn't understand half the dialogue and Hamlet's s's and f's sounded like lisps. One is more forgiving of live theater, but when it is a prerecorded presentation [...]

127 Hours – 6

2010-12-17T17:20:51+00:00December 17th, 2010|Reviews|

How do you make a movie interesting when it is about one man stuck in a pit for, apparently, 127 hours, especially when we know when and how he gets out? I am still wondering, after watching this film by Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire. I admit to not watching it all, as the [...]

Love and Other Drugs – 7.5

2010-12-02T16:52:22+00:00December 2nd, 2010|Reviews|

While inclined going in to treat this as a throwaway film, Anne Hathaway's bare-it-all performance was so compelling that I was mesmerized right up to the cliche of an ending. Jake Gyllenhaal's low-key charm was also easy on the eyes and mind, seducing the viewer along with every woman onscreen. The corporate shenanigans verged on Up [...]

Fair Game – 7.5

2010-12-01T16:47:55+00:00December 1st, 2010|Uncategorized|

As with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, I knew everything that was going to happen, so much of the pleasure was in seeing how familiar events and people were portrayed. The best example: there was no need to introduce the Karl Rove character; director Doug Liman merely had to put a fat, jowly [...]

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – 7.5

2010-12-01T16:35:03+00:00December 1st, 2010|Reviews|

A very skillful adaptation of the book, with only Dr. Teleborian disappointing my mental image. One wonders how someone who had not read the book would appreciate, or follow, the complex story, but then again there probably aren't many people who fall in that category. For those of us who had read it, it was fun [...]