Eric Bana in Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit: The Movie That Thinks You’re Too Stupid to Follow the Plot

What’s more overdone right now—teen supernatural romances or terrorism-themed suspenses? There’s such an obsession with terrorism and Big Brother-like surveillance in our culture. It doesn’t help that our daily news is filled with stories about terrorist attacks around the world and new ways our governments are spying on us (in case you weren’t paranoid enough). So why do we invite reality into a domain where we go to escape reality. People like the suspense genre, sure, but how many actually like the government conspiracy theory plots? Continue reading “Closed Circuit: The Movie That Thinks You’re Too Stupid to Follow the Plot”

Cloud Atlas movie

Cloud Atlas: Why a Good Movie Fails at the Box Office

I’ll warn you right now that this review will be longer than my usual reviews because Cloud Atlas is in need of some plot explanation and serious discussion. And I mean “serious discussion” in terms of why a movie that required a hefty budget in order to translate a book’s complicated (yet epic) plot into an equally epic film is failing at the box office. This is the relationship between Hollywood, the story, and the audience that I find interesting. Because, somewhere, this story got lost in translation between Hollywood and the audience. Continue reading “Cloud Atlas: Why a Good Movie Fails at the Box Office”