Tag Archives: Paul Dano

Prisoners won’t let you go

2 Oct

The award season is quickly approaching and Prisoners sets the tone for early considerations. The Dover family (Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello) and Birch Family (Terrence Howard, Viola Davis) are facing every parent’s worst nightmare. Their daughters are missing, and as minutes turn to hours, panic and desperation engulf their emotions. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) searches for the girls, but his only lead is released due to lack of evidence. Keller Dover takes matters into his own hands.

Prisoners is a thriller that takes audiences through a gamut of emotions and doubt. Working with the gifted Roger Deakins, Director Denis Villeneuve creates a nightmare environment that sends shivers down audiences’ spines. The subject matter has a become a popular topic in horror/thriller films, but Prisoners attempts to do something much different. The cast is unbelievable with Jackman and Gyllenhaal leading the way. Even at a running time of 153 minutes, Prisoners holds you tight and will not let you go.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Little Miss Sunshine is worth the ride

14 Mar


Little Miss Sunshine is one of those rare films that have critics drawing a line in the sand and setting up tents in support and in opposition to the film’s aesthetic and artistic merit. I like this dark comedy about a dysfunctional family trying to focus on a glass being half full, instead of being half empty when most things are not pointing in their favor. Individually, each of these characters could have a movie of their own, but together these personalities keep the audience entertained and invested in a young girl’s goal of becoming a beauty queen. There are many related themes running through this script that audience can interpret as something much bigger, but for me it is simply about following a dream. The unique relationship between a no-nonsense grandfather (Alan Arkin) and his granddaughter (Abigail Breslin) is special for people with a sarcastic sense of humor. Little Miss Sunshine is worth the ride.


Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: A