Author: Athan Bezaitis

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

In the early days of animation, Warner Brothers cartoons spawned out of a desire to displace the overtly conservative and often sappy Disney characters. Bugs, Daffy, and Porky Pig were a little more rambunctious,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides is a dark comedy that embodies some twisted views on suburban family life and the true lack innocence of adolescence. First-time writer and director Sofia Coppola, daughter of Godfather creator Francis...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The In-Laws (2003)

The In-Laws (2003)

Has Michael Douglas found The Fountain of Youth in Catherine Zeta-Jones? Since the Gordon Gekko days of Wall Street fame, his body is certainly a little less nimble, his face a little more wrinkled,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Mifune

Mifune

In 1995, Danish directors Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg established a code of ethics for an alternative form of filmmaking. The two directors were fed up by the way in which movie making...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart

The creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream is toying with our conscience again, only this time his weaponry isn't Freddy's claws or a murderous prank caller. Director Wes Craven's latest endeavor,...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Where the Money Is

Where the Money Is

At more than one point in his career, Paul Newman has been the ultimate con man. The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, and The Color of Money...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

The Legend of 1900

The Legend of 1900

Director Giuseppe Tornatore has a knack for weaving a magical story. Cinema Paradiso firmly established him as a tour de force filmmaker with its Academy Award successes in 1988. His latest feature, The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Biggie And Tupac

Biggie And Tupac

Rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. are starring in a new movie. Surprised? You shouldn't be, considering that posthumously the two legendary rappers have continued to release a steady stream of best...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Runaway Bride

Runaway Bride

Julia Roberts has made a career out of being one of Hollywood's most irresistible glamour dolls. Dress her up in any role and she'll flash that wide smile, deliver her awkward laugh, and expose a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Domésticas

Domésticas

In anticipation of Domésticas (Maids), by award-winning Brazilian directors Fernando Meirelles and Nando Olival, I was anxious to see a film that shined a light on the suppressed existence Brazilian housemaids are forced to endure....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Chill Factor

Chill Factor

When will the Hollywood moguls learn? I'll admit that we liked Speed way back in 1994 despite atrocious acting and a bogus plot. But all the money and success that movie earned seems...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Night at the Golden Eagle

Night at the Golden Eagle

Old town Los Angeles, just south of the high-rise financial district, is a seedy, run-down visage of what once was a thriving metropolis. Filled with drugs, prostitution, and vagrants, it represents a dark underbelly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Any Given Sunday

Any Given Sunday

Football is as engrained in our society's mores as deeply as war, family values, and politics -- at least that's what Oliver Stone would like you to believe. To back up this statement, Any...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

In the early days of animation, Warner Brothers cartoons spawned out of a desire to displace the overtly conservative and often sappy Disney characters. Bugs, Daffy, and Porky Pig were a little more rambunctious,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cradle 2 The Grave

Cradle 2 The Grave

DMX is a hip-hop legend. With his growling, almost metallic, voice, hyped beats, and rugged hardcore lyrics, he transcends the energy and edginess of urban street culture with a unique hybrid style of rapping, singing,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Universal Soldier: The Return

Universal Soldier: The Return

Jean-Claude's best days are behind him. Way behind him. The former martial arts champion is now graying at the temples, and he still hasn't improved on his English accent. Of course, his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Guru

The Guru

Heather Graham was meant for adult films. Gorgeous, sleek, and undeniably sexy, she can't act a lick but belongs scantily clad and in front of the camera. Donning skates and Daisy Dukes, she...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Superstar

Superstar

It's time to see some new female faces in comedy. Sure there are lots of women comedians, but who else can successfully headline a big-time film other than Janeane Garofalo these days?...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Wild Thornberrys Movie

The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Considering that I have not watched a Nickelodeon show since Double Dare, I didn't know what to expect from The Wild Thornberrys Movie, based on a popular cartoon from the network. Surprisingly, the film...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart

The creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream is toying with our conscience again, only this time his weaponry isn't Freddy's claws or a murderous prank caller. Director Wes Craven's latest endeavor,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bandits (1997)

Bandits (1997)

Foreign films often have a unique and powerful way of facing controversial issues. The most recent example comes from Germany, which has created a movie so audacious in its statement of women's liberation, that it...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Esther Kahn

Esther Kahn

They say that even the most accomplished actor still has something to prove, that no matter how much adoration he might receive, there is always some sacrosanct person or place where the performer turns to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

It's well known that Greeks are ethnocentric. Most of their men will probably brag within the first five minutes of being introduced that they are Greek -- as if you couldn't already tell from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Where the Money Is

Where the Money Is

At more than one point in his career, Paul Newman has been the ultimate con man. The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, and The Color of Money...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Best Man (1999)

The Best Man (1999)

The best text for a film to toy with the "emotional heartstrings" of an audience is undoubtedly the romantic comedy. Broad in its appeal, the filmmaker doesn't have to worry about turning away certain...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides is a dark comedy that embodies some twisted views on suburban family life and the true lack innocence of adolescence. First-time writer and director Sofia Coppola, daughter of Godfather creator Francis...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast

Upon departing the screening of Helene Angel's Skin of Man, Heart of Beast, I was left with a stupefying mental puzzle filled with jagged pieces of plot and dialogue that did not quite fit together...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Autumn In New York

Autumn In New York

No matter how shrewd, wealthy, or debonair a man can be, in a Hollywood drama, he is always humbled by love. Richard Gere is no exception to this rule, and for the second time...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Emperor and the Assassin

The Emperor and the Assassin

The Emperor and the Assassin sets a new standard for quality of production. The story, costumes, sets, music, and performances all have such a powerful authenticity that after watching it, I felt like I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Judy Berlin

Judy Berlin

Judy Berlin has the unmistakable characteristics of a Woody Allen film (though it's not one). Its cerebral humor, rash characters, and ensemble cast are gelled with a very Allenesque theme: that life has simply...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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