Review: Winter’s Tale

Winter's Tale posterDespite winning an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind, Hollywood really needs to stop giving Akiva Goldsman work. As a writer, he’s made a botch job of some good projects and now, as the writer/director of Winter’s Tale, he’s made a botch of what I can only assume was a fairy tale like novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. Now, to be fair, I’ve never read the original source material so I don’t know how much it veered or how faithful it was but I can say that either way, Goldsman delivered a film which won’t please many people.  Continue reading “Review: Winter’s Tale”

Review: In Bruges

in_brugesThe genre of hitman movies has just gotten another addition in the form of In Bruges, and this one deserves the accolades. Contrary to the trailers, which paint the film as a comedy in the same vein as Gross Pointe Blank(another standout in the field), In Bruges takes its subject matter very seriously, infusing humor into a dark, compelling drama.

The story is simple: two hitmen, Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell) have just finished a job and are hiding out in Bruges, an idyllic tourist attraction in Belgium, waiting for instructions from their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes). Of course, there’s more to it than that. There always is. Here though, we get the whole story in pealed of layers, each time we learn something new, we must rethink what has gone before and put that bit of information into its proper place. In Bruges, then, is not your typical shoot ’em up. It is a film for those who want their action mixed in with thought-provoking conversation. Continue reading “Review: In Bruges”