May 6th, 2005

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Crash" rides in and out of disaster

The first 45 seconds of "Crash" introduces character conflict through dialog, creating a literature experience.
"Crash" is an well done ensemble piece that features Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Brandon Fraser, Ryan Gosling, Thandie Newton and Larenz Tate. Producer Don Cheadle gets the most screen time as a detective uncovering potential racial corruption. Every character is memorable and their motives intersect with one another.

Given his screenplay honors for "Million Dollar Baby," Paul Haggis definitely has a hot hand. Haggis directs his first motion picture with confidence. In what could have been a sloppy star powered mess, Haggis orchestrates a potentially chaotic screenplay into a riveting narrative.

While "Crash" is being touted as a "serious" motion picture before the start of the summer blockbuster season, the film is not without humor. Some characters are both dangerous and goofy and the film is very humor for that. Try to catch this one at a matinee or make notes to see "Crash" on DVD.

For an interesting perspective supporting this movie,
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

2005 Summer Movie Hype

In the last 45 days, I have been in many movie theaters.
I have noticed much promotional information for Ron Howard's "Cinderella Man,"
which stars Russell Crowe as former heavyweight champion of the world, Jim Braddock.
This film looks like 2005's "Seabiscuit"
and costars Renee Zellweger.

The preview for Stephen Spielberg's "The War of the Worlds" has been attached to every mainstream movie that I have seen.
Dreamworks promotion has been both aggressive and clever.
Providing enough tease,
the preview does not give the entire plot away
and creates a sense of wanting more.

Remember the hype surrounding "Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace?"
One could not drive by a Taco Bell without hearing John Williams' music blaring on the intercom or Yoda pitching Pizza Hut.
I have seen little interest inside movie theatres for this last "Star Wars" epic.
Actually major chain book stores have more information about "Revenge of the Sith,"
including children's books that reveal major plot points.

1977 marked the beginning of a new era in motion pictures.
"Rocky" had won the best picture Oscar and John Wayne had completed his last movie in 1976 for "The Shootist."
"Smokey and the Bandit" provided Burt Reynolds his best box office gross for that particular summer.
Now Burt Reynolds will play the Smokey Sheriff of Hazzard County, Boss Hogg, in "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Perhaps Cinema 2005 marks the end of a cinematic era that lasted 28 years.
Who will be the next George Lucas?