Archive for June, 2013

Joss Whedon modernizes Shakespeare with “Much Ado About Nothing”

Posted in Reviews on June 21, 2013 by Steve Mesa

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Leave it up to writer-director Joss Whedon to shoot a movie at his Santa Monica home in 12 days with his close friends while in the middle of editing a blockbuster movie like “The Avengers.” “Much Ado About Nothing” is the most original and charming take of one of William Shakespeare’s plays since Baz Luhrman took on the Bard with “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.” Shot in black and white, Whedon’s interpretation of this play moves the story from 1600 Italy and setting in comtemporary California while keeping the original text intact. Continue reading

“Man of Steel” isn’t quite super

Posted in Reviews on June 14, 2013 by Steve Mesa

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It was expected that “Man of Steel” would be a visual feast for the eyes, knowing that director Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”) would be at the helm. It was even more promising when it was announced that Christopher Nolan, the man who helped reboot the Batman movie franchise, would have a hand in rebooting another iconic DC character. Despite all of this, “Man of Steel” is a disappointing film that establishes some interesting ideas to the Superman mythology, but only to fail to follow up on those ideas to make this movie more than just another “Superman” film. Continue reading

“Before Midnight” is the culmination of Linklater’s trilogy about a relationship

Posted in Reviews on June 7, 2013 by Steve Mesa

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In what feels like a feature-length version of Michael Apted’s “Up” series, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy has managed to create a cinematic evolution of a relationship between two people from different part of the world with the “Before” trilogy. Continue reading