Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
The players tell their their stories in their own words.
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by Tony Medley
OK for children.
Of all the
superheroes, Spider-Man is arguably the least credible. I thought the
previous films virtually unwatchable, silly stories. They were directed
by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
For this one,
Columbia got a new director, Marc Webb, who whose only other directorial
outing was (500) Days of Summer, one of the best romcoms of 2009.
Here, Webb gets a new cast, Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and Emma
Stone as his high school crush, Gwen Stacy. Since Stone is one of the
most beautiful and best actresses extant, I went into the film with less
trepidation than I would have had I been forced to sit through more of
the same. Unlike Maguire, Garfield actually looks like someone who could
really be in a fight. For one thing, Maguire barely tops 5-7 and looks
like a little boy, while Garfield is almost 5-11 and has rugged looks.
As to sex appeal, Dunst doesn't come close to Stone.
I was rewarded
with a very entertaining movie that explains the origins of Spider-Man.
The special effects are very good, but few enough that they don't
overwhelm the story. The love story between Parker and Stacy is well
done, mostly because Stone is such a talented actress that she conveys
her infatuation and love for Parker through her incredibly expressive
I saw it in IMAX
3-D, which I found out is different from regular 3-D. There were two
screenings and I got the glasses for the regular 3-D, even though I was
in the IMAX theater. When the film started, there was no 3-D. One of the
ushers got me the IMAX 3-D glasses and they worked. The 3-D is better
than you usually see in 3-D movies and it doesn't mute the color.
Even though the
story starts slowly as it explains how Spider-Man came to be and
develops the relationship between Parker and Stacy, it's well enough
done to hold interest. Although the villain doesn't appear until the
last half of the film, Rhys Ifans gives a fine performance as the Dr.
Jeckyl-Mr. Hyde oriented Dr. Connors. Also contributing good
performances are Sally Field and Martin Sheen as Parker's aunt and
uncle, and Dennis Leary as Stacy's NYPD father. Field is especially
effective, unabashedly looking her age (56), wrinkles and all.
This is a
superhero film that's actually worth seeing.