Author: Annette Cardwell

Underworld (2003)

Underworld (2003)

Underworld's trailer makes it looks wonderfully slick and dark in the tradition of The Matrix and Blade; but after seeing it, you'll realize that everything that seemed dazzling was simply stolen and then abused -...

Movie Review posted on 11th October 2007

The Brothers (2001)

The Brothers (2001)

Like many other African-American-targetted flicks like The Best Man and Waiting to Exhale, The Brothers is best when it's trying to be a comedy and comes off as fluffy if not sappy and lame when...

Movie Review posted on 20th September 2007

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a dead sucker for big-battle hero pictures, but these days, movies like this are released every month. And coming from Ridley Scott, who is one of the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Bad Santa

Bad Santa

Director Terry Zwigoff launched a career with his debut film, Crumb, the disturbing yet fascinating documentary about cult comic book artist Robert Crumb. It's rumored that in order to get Crumb to agree to have...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Waiting for NESARA

Waiting for NESARA

After reading the filmmakers' description of this documentary, Waiting for NESARA sounded absolutely irresistible. The film follows a group of mostly excommunicated Mormons called The Open Mind Forum who believe that a "secret law" called...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Issues

Issues

Writer-director Van Elder starts off his film Issues with a two-part dictionary definition of his film's title, one part of which is "unresolved problems." Sadly, that phrase doesn't just define the title.It's difficult to give...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

America, meet your newest folk hero. His name is Ricky Bobby, and unlike his more humble legendary predecessors like Davy Crockett and such, this dim-but-daring NASCAR driver was born to win. He's a brand new...

Movie Review posted on 4th August 2006

Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking

Striding up alongside such great anti-heroes as Tony Soprano and Scarface comes Nick Naylor, a silver-tongued lobbyist with such a tremendous gift for gab that he actually successfully defends the tobacco industry. And as much...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2006

Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III

Dinosaurs!While the first Jurassic Park was mediocre and the second film god-awful, Jurassic Park III finally gets the formula right. These movies were never meant to be science heavy or overly sentimental; they should've been...

Movie Review posted on 6th January 2006

The One (2001)

The One (2001)

Jet Li has joined the dubious ranks of those martial arts stars playing opposite themselves in a film -- including Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damme. But instead of playing a long-lost twin...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Walk the Line

Walk the Line

You've got to give the filmmakers of Walk the Line a lot of credit, as they're about to take a lot of guff after this film debuts. I mean, how do you create a feature...

Movie Review posted on 22nd November 2005

Not Another Teen Movie

Not Another Teen Movie

Fitting spoofs of at least 16 teen movies into one questionable parody film is like trying to fit ten pounds of sausage into a five pound bag. You just end up with a groan-inducing mess.Stuffed...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Constantine

Constantine

How's this for a story premise: God made a pact with the Devil that none of their minions - angels and demons - would ever cross over from the ethereal planes of Heaven and Hell...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Gates of Heaven

Gates of Heaven

Anyone who's a fan of documentary director Errol Morris' quirky and often hilarious view of and fascination with the most ordinary of people and their slightly extraordinary lives will love Gates of Heaven, his very...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The One

The One

Jet Li has joined the dubious ranks of those martial arts stars playing opposite themselves in a film -- including Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damme. But instead of playing a long-lost twin...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Vernon, Florida

Vernon, Florida

According to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris' web site, he originally started work on Vernon, Florida, because the citizens of this little panhandle town were famous for cutting off their limbs for cash. The town had...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Issues

Issues

Writer-director Van Elder starts off his film Issues with a two-part dictionary definition of his film's title, one part of which is "unresolved problems." Sadly, that phrase doesn't just define the title.It's difficult to give...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Straight Outta Hunters Point

Straight Outta Hunters Point

Most San Franciscans, like myself, have hardly any reason to spend time cruising through the poor black neighborhood of Hunters Point set on an isolated hill south of the city overlooking San Francisco Bay. For...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Alien Vs. Predator

Alien Vs. Predator

The film studios weren't happy enough dragging the honorable slasher movie genre through the mud with schlock like last year's Freddy vs. Jason; now they have to try to cash in by dragging two awesome...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bubble Boy

Bubble Boy

It's difficult to expect much from a director whose greatest accomplishments to date are a handful of "award-winning" TV commercials, as is the case with Bubble Boy director Blair Hayes. That said, Hayes's feature...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Amadeus: Director's Cut

Amadeus: Director's Cut

There's a moment early in Amadeus when court composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) wanders through a crowded salon in search of the famed prodigy known to him by reputation only: Mozart. Inspecting each young...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Doom

Doom

However low your expectations are for the movie take on the videogame Doom, lower them more. It's pretty obvious that this adaptation was never going to be a film of any serious artistic or social...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Aliens Of The Deep

Aliens Of The Deep

Ever since mega-blockbuster director James Cameron made The Abyss, he seems to have had deep-sea fever. And ever since he scored cajillions of dollars on T2 and Titanic, he's had enough capital to make his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Two Brothers

Two Brothers

Set against the dramatic backdrops of the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia and the jungles of Cambodia and Thailand, Two Brothers is a gorgeously filmed fable centering on two tiger cub brothers that suffer...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Reality Bites

Reality Bites

Back in 1994, Reality Bites was branded by everyone from marketers to critics as a movie that encapsulated a generation - more specifically, Generation X, who were around college graduation age (including myself). And seeing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

One Night at McCool's

One Night at McCool's

There are three things that are laugh-worthy in the Farrelly Brothers wannabe, One Night at McCool's: a greasy pompadour-ed Michael Douglas mimicking a blowjob by flapping one of cheeks/jowls with his index finger and thumb,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Snow Dogs

Snow Dogs

When I first saw the trailer for Snow Dogs in front of Monsters, Inc., I couldn't believe what I was seeing or hearing. Cuba Gooding Jr. as a dentist in Miami who inherits a house...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Four Brothers

Four Brothers

Whoever heard of a "blaxploitation" movie with a white hero? Now you have: Four Brothers. John Singleton pays homage once again to what is apparently one of his favorite cinematic genres, but this time not...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a dead sucker for big-battle hero pictures, but these days, movies like this are released every month. And coming from Ridley Scott, who is one of the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Zoolander

Zoolander

In Zoolander, the world's most successful, influential and intellectually-challenged male model Derek Zoolander wonders, "Is there more to life than being really really really good looking?" Obviously, the film's creator and star Ben Stiller...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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