Looking back at summer films
The summer of 2009 was a season that gave audiences some memorable blockbusters. There were billion-dollar action scenes, a journey into the criminal mind, and the never-ending exploration of the complexities of relationships. Following is a roundup of the highly anticipated favorites and an indie film that graced the silver screen.
TransformationPillbox | August 24, 2009
Madea is back with the same old thing
Madea Goes to Jail, written and directed by Tyler Perry, is a film that tells the story of Mable “Madea” Simmons, a well-known character created and played by Perry, who is finally punished for her numerous crimes. This doesn’t happen, though, until about halfway through the film. Like many of Perry’s other films, this one originated as a play and it highlights moments where Madea tries to ...Pillbox | February 23, 2009
Exception to the Rule
He’s Just Not That Into You, directed by Ken Kwapi, tells the story of a group of people — all connected in some way — looking for their own perfect romantic commitment. The majority of them have the same problem: they look for love in all the wrong places. The movie has a cast of A-list actors and keeps you laughing, but it does have some directional problems. This does not, however, take ...Pillbox | February 9, 2009
Where is the love?
New in Town, directed by Jonas Elmer, is the story of a snobby businesswoman from Miami who is sent to Minnesota to take charge of a project at a local factory that is close to being shut down. This film could easily be misconstrued as the classic “chick-flick,” but it actually isn’t. It lacks flair, romance, and originality, but the dynamic cast does an admirable job of working with what little...Pillbox | February 2, 2009
A B.I.G. man with an even bigger dream
Notorious, directed by George Tillman Jr., is the story of the life and death of legendary hip-hop rapper Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls. This film not only explores his career, but also examines his childhood, personal relationships, and children. Notorious has an episodic plot, which makes the film choppy in some points, and there are some actin...Pillbox | January 26, 2009