Efficient, nasty action scenes can't overcome mostly bland characterizations and a half-baked story.
Olivia Collette has been deconstructing movies since she realized some of her friends were willing to humor her. She has a thing for Laxmi Chhaya dance routines, a crush on Fellini, and a non-negotiable fear of zombie flicks. Based in Montreal, Olivia has written for various print and online publications, including the Montreal Gazette, World Film Locations: San Francisco, Sparksheet, Indiewire’s Press Play blog and the Spectator Arts Blog. She discusses pop culture at Livvy Jams and dissects our inconsistent obsession with body image on The Scrawn. If you see Olivia at Ebertfest, make sure to have your song ready, because she’s totally dragging you to Karaoke.
A piece on Kylo Ren in the light of previous "Star Wars" villains.
A response to Noah Gittell's piece on Nick Hornby.
A rebuttal to Joni Edelman's piece on "Inside Out."
An FFC responds to Kyle Smith's assertion that women can't enjoy GoodFellas.
An FFC writes about the use of Giuseppe Verdi's "Dies Irae" in "Mad Max: Fury Road".
Olivia Collette chooses her favorite piece of Roger's writing.
Olivia Collette argues for The Act of Killing to be named the Best Documentary of 2013.
Olivia Collette's experience dealing with a loved one's illness made "Life Itself" especially powerful for her.
Sandra Bullock's character in "Gravity" defies the norms of female characters in Hollywood films.
Some people hate "Dune" because it's nothing like the novel, but venerate "The Shining" for the same reason. You can't please everyone when you adapt a book to film, so you're better off hoping you'll please anyone. Even if it's just a handful, it's those few who will be your fiercest defenders against the purists. So let's start with what Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" isn't: If you read the book, it's not the book you read. It includes plot elements from "The Hobbit," details that weren't fleshed out in "The Lord of the Rings" movies, bits from the "LOTR" appendices, and stuff that was created for the sake of this new trilogy.