Column | Aug 8, 2013 | 6:55 AM
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Column | Nov 26, 2013 | 6:10 AMConsider "Oldboy" Spike Lee's cover version of "If I Had a Hammer." This new American remake of the 2003 Korean revenge drama, also titled "Oldboy," stars Josh Brolin as the victim of a bizarre kidnapping and 20-year imprisonment. Upon his release, as sudden as the instigating events two decades earlier, the protagonist must determine who did this to him, why — and why he's being framed for his wife's murder. The character's ally in amateur detective work is a pliable social worker played by Elizabeth Olsen. By the time everyone on screen realizes what's up, and who's who, the audience may be more in a "Why? Why?" mood.
Story | Oct 4, 2010 | 9:33 PM
Being first out of the gate often matters a lot in the Oscar derby. "Frozen River" and "Little Miss Sunshine" reaped top nominations in 2008 and 2006, respectively, after being the first DVDs shipped to academy members. This year, that distinction goes to...
Story | Jan 25, 2011 | 4:36 PM
At its heart, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Inception" is a heist film -- which makes it ironic that the film seems to have been snubbed in a major Academy Award category. The Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film earned eight nominations: Best Picture,...
Story | Jul 8, 2010 | 9:33 PM
Adrien Brody is on the hunt for a new career chapter with his action-hero duty in "Predators," which hits theaters Friday. Amy Kaufman caught up with the Oscar winner to discuss aliens and alienation. This is a longer version of...