Author: Bill Gibron

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

Excellent acting can save almost anything. Even the most mediocre script or hamfisted direction can usually be manipulated and salvaged by a couple of pros performing at their thespian peak. It doesn't always work --...

Movie Review posted on 11th June 2009

Imagine That

Imagine That

Certain stars clearly don't care about their long-term entertainment legacy. For Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and especially Eddie Murphy, how they will be remembered artistically is a lot less important than earning...

Movie Review posted on 11th June 2009

Ghosts of Goldfield

Ghosts of Goldfield

The current trend in ghost hunting (and TV shows inspired by same) seems innocuous enough. After all, if a group of part-time paranormal observers can stumble across proof of the spirit world, why not videotape...

Movie Review posted on 10th June 2009

The Hangover

The Hangover

The guys' trip to Vegas. The bromance of the bachelor party. These are current cultural givens, situations that suggest their own outrageous events without you ever visualizing the final results. It's all sin, shots, and...

Movie Review posted on 4th June 2009

B.T.K.

B.T.K.

It's amazing how much mileage an average Hollywood Joe can get out of playing a fright film icon. Just ask Robert Englund, or Mr. Original Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen. Or how about Kane Hodder, for...

Movie Review posted on 3rd June 2009

Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me To Hell

With the Spider-Man films sitting out there like tarted-up, tawdry trophy wives, it's easy to forget how good a filmmaker Sam Raimi really is. If it weren't for the commercial strictures of the comic book...

Movie Review posted on 28th May 2009

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Shawn Levy has no soul. Perhaps put another way, he is one of the few filmmakers working today who lacks the requisite motion picture magic to make his fantastical ideas sing. Now that's nothing new...

Movie Review posted on 21st May 2009

Dance Flick

Dance Flick

For crass inconsistency, you can't beat the Wayans family. Sure, they gave us TV's In Living Color, and back when big brother Keenan Ivory was behind the lens, there was I'm Gonna Get You Sucka...

Movie Review posted on 21st May 2009

Caprica

Caprica

In the '70s, it was seen as a middling Star Wars rip-off, its story of hmans fleeing a deadly robot race nothing more than an excuse for cheap, made-for-TV effects. Now, three decades later, a...

Movie Review posted on 11th May 2009

S. Darko

S. Darko

Some movies don't deserve a sequel. Not because they weren't successful or have a storyline incapable of carrying a franchise. No, some films are so inherently insular, so completely and utterly self-contained that to try...

Movie Review posted on 11th May 2009

Da' Booty Shop

Da' Booty Shop

Frances Ford Coppola once predicted that major studio filmmaking would someday go the way of the dinosaur, suggesting that new technology and the ready access to same would lead a revolution where viewers, not major...

Movie Review posted on 8th May 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

You have to feel sorry for the X-Men franchise. It was once the standard bearer for comic book movies, a monopoly it managed to hold onto until Christopher Nolan and a certain Dark Knight raised...

Movie Review posted on 30th April 2009

Plague Town

Plague Town

Some say that horror films are a good way for audiences to experience uncomfortable emotions and feelings within the confines of a safe cinematic experience. Others argue that they're excellent examples of quick buck enterprises...

Movie Review posted on 30th April 2009

Crank: High Voltage

Crank: High Voltage

Jason Statham remains the most mysterious of action heroes. Sure, he's muscular and menacing, with a façade both funny and frightening. But take him away from all the bare-knuckled bedlam, and he's nothing but a...

Movie Review posted on 17th April 2009

State of Play

State of Play

Big government getting in bed with corrupt private conglomerates. The fresh-faced Congressman hell-bent on bringing said scandal to light. The uncovered infidelity which threatens his power base, and the crumpled investigative journalist who must resolve...

Movie Review posted on 17th April 2009

Grey Gardens (2009)

Grey Gardens (2009)

Most serious film fans know the story of Grey Gardens: how documentarians Albert and David Maysles were investigating the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis's sister Lee Radziwill for a film and stumbled upon the unforgettable...

Movie Review posted on 16th April 2009

Dragonball Evolution

Dragonball Evolution

As a director, James Wong has made some interesting films. He was part of the original X-Files team and cut his teeth on the Chris Carter serial killer series Millennium before heading up such genre...

Movie Review posted on 13th April 2009

Adventureland

Adventureland

Part of the attraction to nostalgia is knowing. It's the innate recognition of the time, the place, the sensations and the sentiments. It's memory reconfigured as reality, yet filtered so as to remain sparkling. When...

Movie Review posted on 3rd April 2009

The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut

For those of us growing up in the '70s, there was one seminal, supposedly true, scary story. No, it wasn't Helter Skelter or the trumped-up Texas Chainsaw Massacre. No, in high school cafeterias everywhere, we...

Movie Review posted on 26th March 2009

Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens

It's a title that promises much more than it could ever truly deliver. It plays on B-movie fans' wildest dreams but offers them something much less successful. It comes from Dreamworks, which means it will...

Movie Review posted on 26th March 2009

The Robe

The Robe

The Biblical epic is one of the most tired of Hollywood genres. Instead of taking the Good Book for all its fire and brimstone brazenness, concentrating on all the death, sex, and betrayal involved, Hollywood...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2009

Knowing

Knowing

In the list of filmmakers packed with wasted potential, Alex Proyas has to be near the top. While Dark City sparkled with a kind of surreal sci-fi magic, his other efforts -- including the gloppy...

Movie Review posted on 20th March 2009

Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain

The '70s were not a good time for Disney. Not only were their animated "masterworks" failing to live up to their flawless ancestry, but their live action efforts -- Super Dad, Castaway Cowboy -- were...

Movie Review posted on 13th March 2009

The Last House on the Left (2009)

The Last House on the Left (2009)

Nearly 40 years ago, quasi-hippy filmmakers Wes Craven and Sean S. Cunningham were looking to make a name for themselves (and a little cash, if possible) in the thriving New York exploitation scene. Working with...

Movie Review posted on 13th March 2009

Last House on the Left (1972)

Last House on the Left (1972)

It has one of the most unusual filmic foundations for a horror film. It's actually based on Ingmar Bergman's Academy Award winning film The Virgin Spring. It also has one of the movies' most memorable...

Movie Review posted on 11th March 2009

Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck

While fans and naysayers constantly complain about what he's done to a certain galaxy far, far away, few remember another beloved franchise that George Lucas adopted and then left for dead. In 1986, the writer/director/producer...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2009

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

There was a time, a little less than four decades ago, when Neil Simon was the literary benchmark of both Broadway and the Silver Screen. After a successful stint as a TV scribe on Sid...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2009

Madea Goes to Jail

Madea Goes to Jail

For playwright and filmmaker Tyler Perry, the character of Mabel "Madea" Simmons has always been his entertainment trump card, his anarchic ace in the hole, so to speak. The loud-mouthed, gun-toting, pot-smoking grandma with a...

Movie Review posted on 21st February 2009

Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic

Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic

With all the hype surrounding Zack Snyder's adaptation of the seminal graphic novel, it's interesting to see how little focus there has been on the literary aspect of the release itself. Oh sure, Alan Moore...

Movie Review posted on 19th February 2009

Open Season 2

Open Season 2

What do you do when your moderately successful CG cartoon demands a sequel, and yet your two main stars more of less bail on said cinematic return? Well, if you're the studio behind the semi-successful...

Movie Review posted on 19th February 2009

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