Beneath all science fiction lies a dilemma, one solved by the best storytellers: whether the speculative devices are more interesting than the characters created to experience them.
Even students who love writing aren't thrilled about first-year composition. If not taught well, the classwork and assignments feel routine, like practice with no chance for game time.
Sadly, it's been a while for Alexander Payne.
You really can't blame the guy: when asked about his career, Brendan Fraser ducks the question like “Encino Man” diving into the nearest cave. “The science of chaos rules [my] decisions,” the 41-year-old actor remarked, when the question surfaced during a recent Philadelphia round table. Showing a knack for low comedy as early as “Encino,” …