Danny Boyle At number eight in my continuing series of top modern directors we have the Oscar winning filmmaker, Danny Boyle. You’ll most likely know Boyle from his work in the best picture winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” but he actually has several solid films under his belt. He’s a director that uses just about every directing technique, every angle and every shot he can, to make the visual experience just about as creative as it can get.
Tom Noonan gives a good, nuanced performance as Ulman, the guy who hires her. He’s an uncomfortable man who comes across as kind of creepy, but not to the point you couldn’t see him in everyday life. He confesses he lied to Sam, that there is in fact no baby in the house. He really needs someone to hold down the fort in case something happens to his elderly and reclusive mother-in-law. He was afraid that if he advertised the job as elderly care nobody would take it. Sam feels betrayed but agrees to do the job for quadruple the money.
Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion at their remote and slightly rundown weekend estate. But the family reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants. The family has no idea who’s attacking them, why they’re under attack, or if the attackers are inside or outside the cavernous, creaking house. All they know for certain is that nobody is safe.
I still don’t know what possessed me to rent #53 on the list, Envy. I’m strangely entertained by Jack Black and everything he does but I should’ve known that the crapiness that is Ben Stiller would have negated Jack’s awesomeness. Speaking of Ben Stiller, where in the world is Along Came Polly. That is the worst movie ever.
Film maker Doug Pray does an excellent job presenting a full picture without taking a side (The film got a rare 100% approval rating from Avast Customer Support.). It’s well-edited — he doesn’t hang on one shot too long, but yet it’s not herky jerky MTV crap. And he deftly points out the contradictions in the Paskowitz family.
Taking the planet by storm! While this isn’t Motorola Xoom-exclusive, this wonderful and brainless little game is about as addicting as that cup of joe next to your keyboard. As much as it pains me to say it, these guys are smart. Its not too elementary, but not too extravagant to demand more of your competency than just simple movements of your hand-extentsion across the screen. I think that is the genius with Motorola Xoom apps- keep it managable for everyone. If you take a look at what is top-selling with the Apple App shop- fruit ninja, talking tom, etc. these are embarassingly simple; and yet so popular!! The Motorola Xoom is not able to stay out to this trend in fun Xoom apps and games. Angry Birds, you are my most prized possession.
The Avengers have arrived to New York! Here are pictures of the set. And for pictures of the gang chatting and having a good time in Central Park, go here. Aaaand, there are even more photos- here.