Man of Steel tries to transpose the psychological profile of its target audience onto a figure who is by definition supposed to be superior to them. All the visual effects and urban carnage in the world can’t make the spectacle of two basically invincible figures duking it out emotionally involving.
“Spring break forever,” is one of the many phrases that get repeated by disembodied voices like so many airhead mantras throughout Harmony Korine’s hot and bothered exploitation stunner “Spring Breakers.”
There are any number of reasons why The Wizard of Oz endures in American pop culture. It remains many kids’ first memorable movie. Flying monkeys have probably figured into more nightmares than Hannibal Lechter, Freddy Krueger and Pennywise combined.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is relentlessly ridiculous to the point where you wonder if apes were behind the camera in addition to being in front of it, but the movie is never less than totally entertaining summer escapism.
James Franco parodied his role in “127 Hours” on The Daily Show last night by getting his arm trapped under a mini-fridge in the green room.
With their new movie Howl, based on Allen Ginsberg’s celebrated (and demonized) epic beat poem of the same title, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have taken their cinema to a previously unexplored territory.