Monthly Archives: July 2010

Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

by Dan Fields
First published July 15, 2010 by the California Literary Review

A Spell or Two Short of Enchanting

Why would two ancient wizards, powerful enough to summon dragons and giant flying eagles, resort to chasing one another in sports cars? This disappointing incongruity sums up the The Sorcerer’s Apprentice rather nicely. The movie has the necessary ingredients of a high-velocity adventure, but stalls too many times along the way to make the thrills stick.
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Movie Review: Predators

by Dan Fields
First published July 10, 2010 by the California Literary Review

You’re Gonna Need A Better Script

Producer Robert Rodriguez has been developing this picture since he was just beginning to run away with the public’s heart as the director of such films as Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn. He is renowned as an economical and versatile filmmaker, with an eye for action and a sly, playful sense of humor. When he said he would make a film to follow Predator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990), this reviewer believed in him. His idea, as the film’s title suggests, was to completely overlook the regrettable Alien vs. Predator films and expand the Predator universe in the same way that James Cameron’s Aliens (1986) did for Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). Perhaps if he had written and directed the final product himself, he could have pulled it off. The world will never know.
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