Cinema When It Sizzles
When I saw your Dark Knight Rises cover, I couldn’t help feeling I was holding the holy grail of entertainment magazines in my hands. Waiting for the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s terrific trilogy is hard. Figuring out what to do with the rest of my life after that? Even harder.
Moonrise Kingdom sounds like a must-see, based on the cast. Who can resist Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis all in the same feature? It’s quirky to the fourth power.
All my life I’ve been a die-hard fan of ’80s and ’90s action flicks when I should’ve been watching rom-coms. Now to get The Expendables 2, with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris?! I could just die from the excitement. It’s the best and the worst of the ’80s and ’90s rolled into one. All we need is the ass-kicking, ponytail-wearing Steven Seagal to top off this movie treat.
A Lover and a Fighter
I was disappointed that there were only four Michael Fassbender films ”to feast on” in your DVD & Downloads section. 2010’s Centurion was a great movie, and Fassbender did a fantastic job playing Roman soldier Quintus Dias. This film deserves a little more recognition, don’t you think?
West Hills, Calif.
Thank you, Mark Harris, for your thoughtful article on one of TV’s big problems: series that ”wear out their welcome” (The Final Cut). It’s good to see networks trying to give us a unique premise, but too often these shows end up straining themselves to continue. Series must be written to expand on their hook, not abandon it or be repetitive with it. Ashley Judd searching for her son is a two-hour movie. Trying to stretch that into a full season, or even multiple seasons, will yield frustrated and impatient viewers.
I’m going to respectfully disagree with Mark Harris’ evaluation of Touch. He makes it sound like a metaphysical mosh pit! But the show makes an interesting point that there have always been people who see the big picture more clearly than the rest of us, and those people seldom fit a socially accepted mold. And at its core, it’s about the irreplaceable nature, value, and reality of human connection.
Enjoyed Tom Selleck’s observations on his memorable roles (TV). But what about The Rockford Files? His Lance White was the perfect foil to James Garner’s Jim Rockford.
Why Can’t Paul Rudd Be in All Summer Movies?
Reader David Cole of Cambridge, Mass., writes, ”I scoured your Summer Movie Preview but couldn’t find a single flick with Paul Rudd.” Yep, the recent summer staple (Our Idiot Brother, Dinner for Schmucks) is conspicuously absent from the roster. While waiting for his next big-screen outing (September’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower), we herewith envision the beloved actor in a couple of hot summer titles.