‘Anonymous’ draws mixed reaction in Toronto

Posted by · 11:52 am · September 10th, 2011

I’ve had a sharp eye on thoughts on and reviews of Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous” out of the Toronto film fest. I had expected to be alone in my appreciation for the film (having heard of quite a few detractors), but I must say I was relieved to see that some are reacting in the positive. […]

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Emmerich surprises with ‘Anonymous’

Posted by · 11:15 am · September 9th, 2011

I have to say, quite unexpectedly, I really liked Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous.” I think it’s his best work yet. Having busied himself with matters of the apocalypse for the better part of two decades in films like “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012,” it’s fair to say few would expect him to have […]

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Who should be on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Superman’ shortlist?

Posted by · 10:22 am · September 24th, 2010

My RSS feed was absolutely stuffed to the brim with the clamoring re-reporting of the geek press’s favorite story of the week yesterday: OMG! Christopher Nolan is meeting with a shortlist of potential “Superman” directors! Except the list is all wrong. The names: Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebsman, Duncan Jones and Zack Snyder.  Now, […]

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Werner Herzog named president of 2010 Berlin jury

Posted by · 7:35 am · November 19th, 2009

After premiering two films at September’s Venice fest, perhaps the most surprising thing about Werner Herzog heading the jury at February’s Berlin Film Festival is that he won’t be inflicting another film upon the competition. I kid, I kid. Herzog, the first German jury president since Roland Emmerich in 2005, is inarguably deserving of the […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Apocalypse wow

Posted by · 10:25 am · November 15th, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars. Roland Emmerich’s still got it. And by “it,” I mean the ability to make blockbuster hits out of the same movie again and again. “2012” opened at the top of the box office with $65 million and the seventh-biggest opening of 2009. It’s also the 10th-biggest November […]

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Lenny Bruce is not afraid

Posted by · 8:34 pm · November 13th, 2009

I’m in San Francisco through the weekend and, having missed the week’s “2012” press screenings, I headed on over to the Van Ness AMC to settle in for Roland Emmerich’s two and a half hours of global destruction, and as overwrought, cheesy, painstakingly contrived (“Where’s the map!?”) and downright BAD as the film is — […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘2012’ on the way

Posted by · 1:28 am · November 13th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. (This is the first of a new series of columns splitting the weekly Sunday Cents column in half. We’ll cover the weekend box office on Sundays and save the forecasts for Thursdays from here on out.) Roland Emmerich returns this weekend to popular landmark destruction for […]

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New ‘2012’ trailer melts my face off

Posted by · 11:39 am · June 18th, 2009

Alright, I’ll say at the top here that I’m full on in the tank for Roland Emmerich’s brand of blow-stuff-up-good apocalyptic cinema.  Even when the science is dubious (coughthedayaftertomorrowcough), I’m glad there’s someone out there who at least knows how to make this stuff engaging.  Sue me.  And this new trailer for “2012” (a subject […]

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Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Posted by · 4:01 pm · April 10th, 2009

I love watching the end of the world unfold on screen.  It’s just something I enjoy.  And sue me if I was a little bummed at a certain caution on the part of Hollywood to offer up the apocalyptic imagery it had serviced to the masses in the action-packed summers of the 1990s following 9/11. […]

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12.21.2012

Posted by · 12:00 pm · July 8th, 2008

I have my own fascinations with the year 2012, by now making leaps and bounds in the pop culture stratosphere some 20 years since Jose Arguelles first began scaring the shit out of everyone back in 1987. I’ve read the books.  I’ve always got one toe in the cosmos, so I’m certainly interested in the […]

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