Transformers: Dark of the Moon Directed by: Michael Bay Written by: Ehren Kruger Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovich
There isn’t a negative comment that Michael Bay hasn’t heard. One of the most critically despised and commercially successful filmmakers in history, he has become a lightning rod for the sorry state of modern Hollywood.
Many critics are bitter because his movies render them utterly useless. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was one of the worst reviewed films in years and also one of the highest grossing. He injects levels of mind-numbing shock and awe into almost every scene that isn’t establishing the almost non-existent plot in almost all of the movies and Transformers: Dark of the Moon is no exception.
The Ghost Writer Directed by: Roman Polanski Written by: Robert Harris and Roman Polanski Starring: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Kim Cattrall
It is wise advice to be told as a storyteller to separate personal affairs and creative work if you are looking to tell a good story. But if you are looking to tell a great story, then making your work personal is exactly what you want to do. Roman Polanski, a nearly 80 year old filmmaker publicly known for currently being placed under house arrest for a sex scandal that happened back in the 70’s with a 13 year old girl, does something like that.
The Ghost Writer is film is by no means Polanski’s personal film, nothing in the likes of Woody Allen’s Whatever Works which in a way is his firm defense on being charged with molesting his 7 year old adopted daughter and later marrying wife’s biological daughter. In no ways does Polanski involve himself in the politics of the film, nor does he allow that sort of thing to distract from the story, but politics and controversy are nonetheless haunting this somber political thriller much like Polanski’s ghastly past must haunt him. His familiarity with scandal may be the reason this film is done so authentically. Continue reading →