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Hail the Conquering Hero

Hail the Conquering Hero

There's not a great deal of subtlety to Preston Sturges' genial 1944 comedy Hail the Conquering Hero, but when one is dealing with a political satire about a soldier returning home during wartime -- in...

Movie Review posted on 28th January 2007

The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep

How exactly could such as astoundingly well-crafted and adventurous vision like The Science of Sleep end up the throwaway curiosity that it is? To be sure, there's no lack of effort from writer/director Michel Gondry,...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors

In a game effort to deflect the immediate suspicions of most viewers likely to be mistrustful of its all-too-convenient cast of wildly entertaining eccentrics, the young boy narrating Running with Scissors acknowledges, somewhat ruefully, early...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

After Innocence

After Innocence

The advantage of making a documentary like After Innocence is that no matter what one's opinion is on law enforcement, hopefully most everybody can agree that at the very least, innocent people shouldn't be kept...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made Orgazmo, a romp about a Mormon porn star, and submitted it to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for a rating, it came back...

Movie Review posted on 24th January 2007

Volver

Volver

Pedro Almodóvar's Volver is a witty and woozy paean to the off-kilter wonder that is Spanish womanhood. Again. At this stage in his career, one isn't expecting too much else from Almodóvar than further explorations...

Movie Review posted on 22nd January 2007

Alone With Her

Alone With Her

The voyeurism of the film camera has been a handy device in queasy-stomach thrillers from Peeping Tom to Halloween, bringing the audience into the position of the attacker as he steadily advanced on a victim...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2007

The Comedians of Comedy

The Comedians of Comedy

The idea behind the The Comedians of Comedy tour - recorded for posterity in this tedious documentary - was to take a quartet of comics and put them on the road in unusual venues that...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

The Quiet

The Quiet

A film that does its best to make the horrendous palatable, and the unthinkable titillating, The Quiet can be either (depending on your taste) a wrenching experience, or merely worth a giggle. It is, after...

Movie Review posted on 16th January 2007

Babel

Babel

The Bible gives us the story of the tower of Babel, the magnificently tall structure whose height was deemed offensive and impertinent by God. To punish humanity for its architectural hubris, God then decided to...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

A Sound Of Thunder

A Sound Of Thunder

The best thing that can be said for the embarrassing A Sound of Thunder is that at least it presupposes an audience whose belief in evolution is ironclad, sadly a minor triumph in these increasingly...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Off to War

Off to War

There's so many stock scenes from the war in Iraq that one would think you'd become inured to them, but then you see them in a new light and that all changes. The brave but...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Duck Season

Duck Season

There's something suspiciously After School Special about the premise of Fernando Eimbcke's Duck Season. There are children of an impressionable age and scenarios that involve them meeting new people, expanding their horizons, and generally opening...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Night Watch (2004)

Night Watch (2004)

Once it receives its long due stateside release, the smash Russian fantasy epic Night Watch will inevitably be compared to The Matrix, most likely because of all the people running about a modern-day city (wearing...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Fierce People

Fierce People

One could easily say that Griffin Dunne's new film Fierce People represents a great leap forward from such lamentable projects as Practical Magic and Addicted to Love, but then that's hardly setting the bar high...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Sophie Scholl

Sophie Scholl

It's not easy, taking situations of high import and rendering them into drama without reducing its participants to saints and demons. Especially when one is confronted with such a one as Sophie Magdalena Scholl, the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

I Love You to Death

I Love You to Death

It's a film never particularly loved by audiences and unlikely to be rehabilitated by critics in the future, but I Love You to Death is nevertheless the perfect example of an overlooked gem. Coming right...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

At one point during Michael Winterbottom's shambolically hilarious Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, a film about trying to film the legendarily unfilmmable 18th century novel, Steve Coogan says to a reporter that the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Since the first comparison made with C.S. Lewis' Narnia fantasy series is to his friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books, it is worth noting that - as recently mentioned in the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Chronicles of Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick

A befuddled attempt to give Vin Diesel his own franchise series - now that he's ditched giving the XXX thing another whirl - The Chronicles of Riddick stomps onto screens with an attitude that's somehow...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The President's Last Bang

The President's Last Bang

It's a scenario one can imagine happening in medieval times. A despotic ruler has grown fat and cruel on a steady diet of sycophants and instant gratification. Some of his men grow more dissatisfied with...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Caché

Caché

A low-rent setup for two penthouse-level thespians, Michael Haneke's Caché is somehow rigorous yet formless, absolutely exacting in its procedure, yet seemingly bereft of intent and meaning, scrupulously acted for not much reason at all....

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

It's just not even a fair fight, and fortunately writer/director Preston Sturges knows that. Barbara Stanwyck could have poor little Henry Fonda for breakfast, and in Sturges' blithely astringent comedy The Lady Eve, she does...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Woman is the Future of Man

Woman is the Future of Man

At the very, very least, Hong Sangsoo's wry comedy of manners Woman is the Future of Man understands that snow is the most sentimental of all nature's wonders. The film registers not much else outside...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels

Would it be fair to say that, when all is said and done, Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels is just not as funny as its choir of supporters have made it out to be? It's not...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

MirrorMask

MirrorMask

If the 1980s Bowie/puppet fantasy campfest Labyrinth had been redone by British Dali fetishists with a deep love of The Wizard of Oz, the result might have been something like the ambitious but flawed MirrorMask....

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Cocaine Cowboys

Cocaine Cowboys

It's just possible that, some day, America's Most Wanted will make itself a feature-length episode on some larger, multi-criminal subject and release it in theaters. However unlikely and unappetizing that scenario is, it would still...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Verdict on Auschwitz

Verdict on Auschwitz

It would always be important, but in the wake of the sectarian lynching that was the execution of Saddam Hussein, a film document like Verdict on Auschwitz: The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1965 takes on a...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

If one had to find a problem with teenage underdog movies, one of the most prominent ones would have to be that they always seem to want audiences to feel sympathy for the plight of...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Power Trip

Power Trip

It's helpful to remember, in these days of Enron and the occasional rolling blackout, that there are places in the world where the electricity supply is in worse shape. Much worse. Georgia (the former Soviet...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

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