June 20, 2008
Steve Carell has always been a master of implosion. He's at his pungent, original best suggesting currents of thought and feeling roiling right beneath the surface and also running deep, so when he lets them out the effect is cathartic, funny and revelatory all at the same time. Carell smooching Catherine Keener endlessly in The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a contemporary comic milestone, kicky and true. And he was keenly sympathetic as the suicidal academic who shakes off self-loathing in Little Miss Sunshine to become part of a family team.
November 27, 2005
SKY HIGH / / Buena Vista Home Video / / $29.99 One of the summer's few sleepers, the clever, piquant superhero family comedy Sky High arrives Tuesday on DVD. The movie cost $35 million -- peanuts for a big-studio picture -- but it grossed more than $63 million on good reviews and word of mouth. It's about an American superhero high school that floats in the clouds. Nonetheless, it appeals as much to adults as to teenagers. Director Mike Mitchell and writers Paul Hernandez and Bob Schooley & Mark McCorkle maintain a cheery balance in the writing and the casting.
July 29, 2005
Sky High, a movie about an American superhero high school that floats in the clouds, turns out to be a lighter-than-air comedy. It should tickle everyone. The target audience may be kids who are enduring the same central crisis as the main teen characters: Just what are these fantastic powers that arrive at roughly age 13? How do I control them? What am I supposed to do with them? But as it pokes fun at cliques and crushes and favoritism and smug, unthinking hierarchies, it may hit home to adults who see their workplace as high school on acid.
July 3, 2005
"Aye, aye!" exclaimed Nicholas Paone as he swaggered aboard the ship. The 6-year-old swirled his sword in the air and snarled, "Arrrgh! I'll find the treasure, and then I'll be captain of this ship." Nicholas joined a six-person crew and 21 other young pretend marauders for the inaugural voyage of Treasure Hunters aboard the skipjack Martha Lewis in Havre de Grace. Designed as an educational outing for children, the narrated, two-hour trip combines Chesapeake Bay history and landmarks with rudimentary navigation to search for buried treasure.
October 21, 2004
Any good marketing executive knows that a trek down Hollywood Boulevard is often the best way to reach the MTV Generation. That's why it's no coincidence that early versions of the Sidekick II - a handheld communications device targeted at on-the-go 20-somethings - are being carried around by Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton and other A-list celebrities. While the Hollywood buzz is exciting for Danger, the Palo Alto, Calif., startup that developed the technology behind the wireless device, the champagne isn't flowing at its offices just yet. The four-year-old privately held company is heading into unknown territory by pursuing a business model that leaves its fate in someone else's hands - notably wireless carriers - and targeting a slice of the consumer market that has yet to show its love for a device that doubles as a cell phone and Internet machine.
April 16, 2004
The No. 2-seeded Blast has been off for 13 days, practicing against each other, waiting for tonight's Major Indoor Soccer League semifinal against the Dallas Sidekicks. As players left the field at 1st Mariner Arena yesterday after their final pre-game practice, their coach was taking nothing for granted. "I've been over it, and I'll go over it again," said Blast coach Tim Wittman. "All I want them to do is play to their ability. The ability is here, and if we play to our ability, no one can beat us. But, if we don't, anyone can beat us."