One of the best animated films of the decade deserves a follow-up every bit its equal, and that is exactly what How to Train Your Dragon 2 is. There's a comforting quality about the first film. It's a story of friendship and growing up and learning who your real family is. The sequel's drama is a little rougher, with higher stakes; be prepared for some interesting conversations with your kids.
If you take them, that is. Just like the first,…
Bill Murray's my favorite actor, and for the longest time, What About Bob? was one of the few beloved Murray movies I just did not enjoy. It's new to Netflix Instant, though, so I thought I'd give it another go...and I'm glad I did. It's completely ridiculous, and if you expect any sort of plausibility, you'll be disappointed. But as a live-action Looney Tunes, with Richard Dreyfuss as Elmer Fudd and Murray as Bugs Bunny, it's pretty damn successful.
I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…
A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.