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Film, "Gravity": Utterly Lost in Space

"Gravity": Utterly Lost in Space

It cost $80M, takes place in Earth's orbit, and stars some of the world's biggest celebrities, and yet Alfonso Cuarón's breathtaking Gravity feels like an indie film about two people using their wits to survive in impossible circumstances. American astronauts…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, <i>The Blind Side</i>: Whitey comes to the rescue

The Blind Side: Whitey comes to the rescue

Another poor, massive, uneducated African-American teenager lumbers onto screens shortly after Precious, obviously timed as a pre-Thanksgiving-dinner lesson in the Golden Rule. But unlike the howling rage of Claireece Precious Jones, The Blind Side's Michael "Big Mike" Oher (Quinton Aaron)…
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Film, One more down the aisle with <i>The Proposal</i>

One more down the aisle with The Proposal

Fifteen minutes after seeing The Proposal, I'd forgotten I'd seen The Proposal. Well, that isn't entirely true: By then, it had simply merged in my memory with a thousand other films just like it — those in which phony lovers…
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Film, What a Difference a Day Makes

What a Difference a Day Makes

The space-time continuum smacks the shit out of Sandra Bullock in Premonition, the latest in nonlinear nonsense, but the fun really gets going when she starts to smack back. As Linda Hanson, humdrum mom of Anywhere, U.S.A., Bullock sets things…
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Film, Hope Floats

Hope Floats

Remember what a fun couple Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves were in Speed? Well, forget that. In The Lake House, Warner Bros.' slow and heavy kickoff to the summer romance season, Bullock and Reeves play the mopiest lovers to hit…
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Film, Ugly Duckling

Ugly Duckling

Before I walked out the door to see Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, a colleague sneered, "Why do you even bother with that shit?" It's a question I'm tempted to ask of its star, Sandra Bullock, as well. (Surely,…
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Film, Detox for Dummies

Detox for Dummies

Rehab, sweet rehab. Last resort of the alcoholic, the drug addict, and the would-be suicide. Free room and board, lots of tender loving care, and a whole herd of fellow recovering screw-ups who'll always be there for you, and are…
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That Sinking Feeling

Speed 2: Cruise Control Directed by Jan De Bont. Written by Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson. Starring Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, and Brian McCardie. Opens Friday, June 13, at the Metro in San Francisco, the UA…
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Reel World

$(Dollars) One "scandal" after another in this sordid town: Hollywood productions typically pay extras $50 a day (plus sandwich and drink) -- or they make a "donation" to a community organization, which solicits "volunteer" labor. The Net, a thriller starring…
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