Tag: Joan Ellis

Scene On Film: ‘Gravity’

By Joan Ellis Gravity is a spectacle more to be admired than enjoyed. Writers have been justly lyrical in their descriptions of Alfonso Cuaron’s creation of microgravity. The director and...

October 18, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: 'Captain Phillps'

By Joan Ellis One of the trickiest challenges in making movies lies in the phrase “based on a true story.” In Captain Phillips, Director Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks have...

October 11, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Family’

By Joan Ellis Let’s assume you set out to make a Mafia spoof. A family enters the FBI witness protection program to avoid death at the hands of furious avengers in...

October 4, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Prisoners’

By Joan Ellis   Prisoners springs from a growing trend toward explicit violence in serious movies. The more of it, the better. When someone is beaten to a pulp in...

September 27, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Out of a Clear Blue Sky’

By Joan Ellis Twelve years after Danielle Gardner lost her brother in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, she has made a chronicle of that day and its...

September 20, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Closed Circuit’

By Joan Ellis Far too much time has passed since the Brits have challenged us with one of the spy thrillers they do so well. The good news is that...

September 13, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: Elysium

By Joan Ellis Elysium will make you shake and rattle precisely because it is threaded with credible foreshadowing of our future. As Neill Blomkamp’s camera scans the face of Earth,...

September 6, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Museum Hours’

By Joan Ellis Abandon expectations, all ye who enter here. Museum Hours is a fine new film unlike anything we are accustomed to.  It asks only that we banish our...

August 30, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

By Joan Ellis And we thought we’d done it all. Half a million men died in the war that resulted in Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in...

August 23, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Blue Jasmine’

By Joan Ellis Pleasure washes over us in the first scene of Blue Jasmine.  Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) has spent the entire flight from Europe to New York unloading her life...

August 16, 2013 | comments

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