Film

Gone Baby Gone

By Gerald Aaron, June 5, 2008

(15) Eleven years ago, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won the best screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting. Since then, Damon has established himself as the thinking man’s James Bond in the Bourne thrillers, whereas Affleck’s acting career faltered, reaching its nadir with the dreadful Gigli. Now, on the evidence of this riveting thriller, Affleck has finally found his true métier, which is not actor, but director.

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Mongol

By Gerald Aaron, June 5, 2008

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Russian co-writer-director Sergei Bodrov certainly deserved his Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film of 2008 for this stunning vision of the life and legend of Genghis Khan.

Bodrov vividly illuminates the formative years in the life of Mongolian fighter Temudgin who was born in 1162. He chooses his future first wife Borte at the age of nine, briefly becomes leader of his tribe after his father is poisoned by a rival, is variously betrayed, captured and sold into slavery while Borte is abducted by a rival.

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Superhero Movie

By Gerald Aaron, June 5, 2008

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David Zucker, the man behind such landmark comedies as Airplane!, The Naked Gun and Scary Movie, joins writer-director Craig Mazin for another outburst of hit-and-miss parody.

This time he is aiming his scattershot attack at cinematic superheroes, particularly Spider-Man, as nerdy high-school student Rick (Drake Bell) gains bizarre superhuman powers after being bitten by a genetically enhanced dragon-fly.

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How new Israeli directors are getting us hooked

By Anne Joseph, May 29, 2008

The best new films by young Israelis are about to be shown at two London events

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Should Woody Allen quit films

May 29, 2008

After the mauling given to his latest release, Cassandra’s Dream, we ask two critics if it is time for the once-great director to hang up his camera

Gerald Aaron - YES

Chutzpah, and extraordinary talent propelled the short, shortsighted redhead from Brooklyn from gag-writer to successful stand-up comedian, playwright, unlikely film star and on to Oscar-winning filmmaker and to legendary status in the movie world. 

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Sex And The City

By Gerald Aaron, May 29, 2008

It makes no pretension to art, but Sex and the City succeeds as a ‘well-honed, character driven, comedy chickflick’

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

By Gerald Aaron, May 22, 2008

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At 65, Harrison Ford has earned his right to sit back and take things easy. Instead (and surely not because he has made a mess of his pension plans), he is back again as Indiana Jones, wielding his whip once more.

Director Steven Spielberg and creator/executive producer George Lucas are back too with a snappy screenplay that pitches Our Hero into the Cold War in 1957 and has him battling Soviet agents led by Cate Blanchett’s dangerous Irina Spalko. 

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Cassandra's Dream

By Gerald Aaron, May 22, 2008

 

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Charlie Bartlett

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

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An entertaining variation on the teenage coming-of-age movie. Seventeen-year-old rich kid Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) achieves his dream of popularity by dealing out prescription drugs to his schoolmates. Since he is not obviously an admirable character, it is to Yelchin’s credit, allied with Jon Poll’s deft direction, that Charlie emerges as eminently likeable.

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Heartbeat Detector

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

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It is necessary to concentrate to follow Nicolas Klotz’s intriguing drama since the director slowly builds his complex story without resorting to cliché. But the effort is worth it. This is a riveting narrative which, scripted from Francois Emmanuel’s book, La Question Humaine, draws parallels between the profit-driven inhumanities of contemporary corporate life and the brutalities of the Holocaust.

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