Film Critical

Film reviews and coming attractions by NAnderson for your consideration. I will be writing critiques of as many films as I can see. Check them out and write a comment.

Friday, June 29, 2007


I've been trying to catch up on all my trailers since I have had a little free time. Thought I would share some particularly good looking stuff to look forward to this summer.
The links have a detailed description and the trailers are at the bottom.

Superbad, is another from actor/writer/producer Seth Rogen (Knocked Up). My friend saw a screening of it and said it was hillarious.

Sunshine, from the director of Trainspotting and The Beach, guarantees to be a visual feast if nothing else. The trailer says it all.

Rocket Science, is an indie comedy that I saw at Sundance this year. Very well made and funny. I highly recommend it.

Into the Wild, is a new Sean Penn project that looks to follow his classic style. Adapted from the book, this film looks like a very powerful story.

This is England, a solid looking indie film from across the pond.

The Bourne Ultimatum, the third installment looks just as good as the rest.

3:10 to Yuma, looks like a classic style western for anyone who fancies those.

No Country for Old Men, is the new Coen Brothers film and it looks damn intense compared to some of their lighter hearted stuff.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Live Free or Die Hard (Opens Wed 6/27)

Limited Release:

Thursday, June 21, 2007

L.A. Film Festival

The LA Film Festival kicks off today. Lots of good stuff this year. The festival will be opening with Talk To Me from director Kasi Lemmons, an actress turned director. Closing the festival is Sunshine from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), and should no doubt be a visual manifesto.

They are also hosting the premiere of Transformers along with a slew of great independent films.

Tickets to individual screenings are only $11, so get out there and support some independent filmakers!

Lots of other activities are going on all 10 days in Westwood and surrounding areas. Check it all out at:

Festival Dates: June 21 - July 1


A Mighty Heart
Evan Almighty
You Kill Me

Limited Release:

Black Sheep (ridiculous and awesome)
Broken English (did well at Sundance this year)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


A smartly written and well acted indie comedy.

The TV Set is a great movie. It has everything you want from this kind of film. It’s not always good when a film is exactly what you thought it would be, but in this case it was. I was expecting a solid indie film and I got it. The actors were fun to watch and did a great job in their respective roles. The script was well written and directed by James Kasdan. He also worked on the cult-classic TV show Freaks and Geeks. This film moves along at a good pace and the humor is what really keeps it going.

The story that this film follows is one that not too many people are familiar with. Those of us in LA have certainly met people that are very similar to these characters. The actors got the roles right on. All the way down to the camera operator.

Sigourney Weaver is a lot of fun to watch as the TV station’s exec. Every scene you can find humor just in what she is wearing. David Duchovny plays a stressed out writer very well. He really brings across all the struggling emotions and that trying to make it big hope. And all around the supporting cast does a great job. They are so funny and enjoyable to see in action.

The film is light-hearted, with dry humor laced throughout. The humor is very character based and mostly through the interaction between them. The cast works well together and created some comical moments. The TV Set is well directed, well acted, and not over the top. These are all reassuring things to see in an indie film.



Nancy Drew

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Finally they can take those billboards down)

DOA: Dead or Alive (The plot summary is incredible)

Limited Release: A couple of Sundance '07 films.

Eagle vs. Shark

Fido (Very original and looks great)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Surf's Up
Hostel: Part 2
Ocean's Thirteen

Limited Release:
La Vie En Rose
You're Gonna Miss Me