Based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name, Joe Chappelle's "Phantoms" is a watchable, if too typical, late 1990s horror film. Peopled with a handsome cast of then-up-an-comers, the thriller is a slick blend of jump scares and jolts. Though its narrative and production never push the film to enjoyable heights, "Phantoms" is a mostly solid genre entry.
Taking place in a small mountain town where something is obviously afoot, the plot of "Phantoms" combines town-with-a-secret, mystery, and invading-evil…
An unrivaled masterpiece of fantasy filmmaking, Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" not only betters its excellent predecessor, but it expands the possibilities of its genre. It is an outstanding achievement that thrusts its audience headlong into a continuing adventure, introduces remarkable new characters, and cements Jackson's reputation as a visionary with the talent to bring to life J.R.R. Tolkien's already reputable vision.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" begins with a brief flashback,…
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
Anxiety. Sadness. Anger. Loneliness. Longing. Rage. Whimsy. Exuberance. Love. In the space of 90 or so minutes, Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic drama observes all of these moods, emotions, and movements. Like an allegory of the mind and heart, Anderson's put-upon everyman communicates these shades while the film captures life's mental, emotional journey though the narrative lens of a single character and the stylistic canvas of a remarkable film.
On the surface, "Punch-Drunk Love" is about a business man whose life…