Juan Guzman

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You'll Either Love or Hate the Latest Adaptation of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" Review

Taking on one of the grandest set pieces in all of Modern Literature is an outsized task for any director. The contours of the story are already well-known to audiences, change anything and there is a good chance that someone will balk, whether they be critics or the hoi polloi or both. In this light director Joe Wright deserves a great deal of credit for his daring new adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina. Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard have taken a timeless story of love and intrigue and fashioned it into a film that you will likely either love or hate.

Nov
18
2012
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Leave Your Cynicism On Shore While "Chasing Mavericks" Review

Chasing Mavericks, from Director duo Michael Apted and Curtis Hanson, tells the true story of Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston), the precocious surfing prodigy who gained fame when his wipeout at Mavericks made the cover of Surfer magazine. Only sixteen when he took on the treacherous conditions and big waves of the famed break along California’s central coast, Moriarty quickly captured the surfing community’s imagination because of his mettle and his endearing optimism.

Mavericks offers a brief slice of the life Moriarty led: the few weeks that preceded his historic ride a few miles north of Half Moon Bay. It begins with Moriarty’s discovery of the supposedly mythical break when he surreptitiously hitches a ride with his neighbor, Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), a surfer who has been riding Mavericks for decades. Once the young stowaway catches a glimpse of towering waves he becomes obsessed: the waves become Goliath begging to be slain.

Oct
26
2012
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Simplistic Writing for an Amazing Cast is the Real "Trouble with the Curve" Review

As one of the season’s more anticipated releases, Trouble with the Curve, has dealt with the Scylla and Charybdis of overexposure and elevated expectations. Add to the imbroglio lead actor Clint Eastwood’s divisive bit of unintended performance art at the Republican National Convention and you have a film that critics and audiences will come to theatre prepared to either love or hate. As a writer it’s incumbent upon us to try and shelve our own biases and rate movies on their own merits.

Curve features Eastwood as flinty old curmudgeon Gus Loebel, typical of late-Eastwood stock, employed as a scout for the Atlanta Braves who is sent to Charlotte in order to scout the franchise’s potential number one pick, a young slugger capturing the attention of scouts nationwide. A fiercely independent man he keeps his failing eyesight and potential glaucoma secret from everyone around him even his old friend and Director of Scouting, Pete Klein (John Goodman). Still, Klein is wary enough about his friend’s erratic behavior and the changing temperament in the front office to try and recruit Gus’s high-powered, workaholic, lawyer daughter (Amy Adams) into joining him in Charlotte “just to make everything goes well.”

Sep
21
2012
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Comedy, Romance and Drama Last Through an Enjoyable "10 Years" Review

When I first heard about director Jamie Linden’s new film, 10 Years, the premise rang hollow in my ears: a group of people in their late twenties gather for a high school reunion. How blase. Am I right? Still, I was intrigued by the potentially dynamic ensemble cast and I have enough faith in star/producer Channing Tatum’s ability to turn a potential dungheap into gold. Okay, maybe not gold, but very solid movies (remember Magic Mike?). Worst comes to worst, I thought, I’ll spend a couple hours watching a very handsome cast cavort about onscreen for a couple of hours. Not the worst way to spend a weekday night.

Sep
21
2012
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