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Film, "Upside Down": Mars and Venus, But Literally

"Upside Down": Mars and Venus, But Literally

Fresh from Cloud Atlas, nonthreatening young nouveau-matinee-idol Jim Sturgess leaps straight into yet another lumpy, draggy, poorly written science-fiction romance thing. This one's a story of forbidden love between the class-stratified peoples of two adjacent planets with opposite gravities and…
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Film, "Bachelorette": Living Large and Then Feeling Bad About It

"Bachelorette": Living Large and Then Feeling Bad About It

Weddings make such bitchin' film scenarios because the stakes are believably high: If anything goes wrong, social opprobrium, the loss of your beloved, or both can ensue, right in front of your disdainful parents, the clergy, and probably Vince Vaughn…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not the End of the World - Yet

Not the End of the World - Yet

The first thing you see in Lars von Trier's Melancholia is a close-up of Kirsten Dunst's face. Behind her, slow as molasses, birds are dropping from the sky. These are the latter days. Melancholia's first five minutes are like a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Out of This World

Out of This World

Lars Von Trier’s latest patch on tormented human nature, Melancholia (opening next month), tests Kirsten Dunst with a planet on a potential collision course with Earth. It’s the end of the world as we know it or, as the melancholy…
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Film, Tumble and Flop

Tumble and Flop

Criticizing an action movie for being empty-headed is like calling out Brokeback Mountain for its lack of car chases. Likewise, when a teen gymnastics movie is derided as formulaic and dumb, one might logically wonder compared to what? Very well:…
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Film, The Dork Crystal

The Dork Crystal

There are moments of Kaena: The Prophecy that will blow your mind, from the opening sequence, in which we are taken through the heart of a massive spaceship that's in the midst of a slow explosion, to the film's villains,…
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Dining, Side Dish Side Dish

Side Dish

Doin' LunchApologies to my dedicated readers (both of you) for my unannounced absence last week. After a whirlwind round of grand opening parties -- Dine (Mo, the food and service were top-notch), Ana Mandara (a gorgeous remodel; nice corner table,…
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