Posted on 10/20/2013 10:07 PM By Ronen Divon
Captain Phillips, the film, focuses on Captain Richard Phillips, whose cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was hijacked in 2009 off the Somali coast by local pirates. Phillips ends up being taken off the ship as a hostage, his captures hoping to negotiate his release in return for ransom money. It is well-paced, smooth and entertaining in a nerve-wracking sort of way.
Posted on 1/22/2011 7:00 PM By Ronen Divon
The Way Back is an endurance story that walks the distance, until the distance gets the best of it. It ends up testing the audience’s own endurance.
Posted on 12/27/2010 7:00 PM By Ronen Divon
True Grit is a true instant Western Classic. Part of the beauty of True Grit is in how simple the story is – a girl on a mission to avenge her father’s death. Without discounting the original novel’s writing, the film’s mastery is in its screen delivery, which makes it a gem.
Posted on 10/2/2010 8:00 PM By Ronen Divon
Would ‘The Social Network’ (film) be as interesting and attention-grabbing if it was not associated with Facebook? If indeed, it’s all fiction why associate it with the currently most popular web site? (aside, of course, from a legitimate concern for a liability lawsuit). Surely a capable team of filmmakers such as David Fincher, the director, and Aaron Sorkin, the writer, do not need to ride on someone else’s success.
Posted on 4/15/2010 8:00 PM By Ronen Divon
What works for this film is first and foremost its backdrop scenery of India – places, people and culture. Anderson manages to bring some of it to the screen in a convincible way and that’s a treat. But overall, despite the obvious conclusion of the brothers coming together, I was left with a “so what?!” feeling.
Posted on 4/3/2010 8:00 PM By Ronen Divon
If the motto of many Hitchcock movies is placing an ordinary person in unordinary circumstances, then Baumbach may be the backward spelling of Hitchcock… This is to say that the main characters in the few Baumbach films I had a chance to see, exemplify extremes of character, of various types, placed, mostly, in the most ordinary situations. Greenberg is no different.