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Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies

Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies

It's an old story. Cult fave public access show about a rather profane bunch of puppets moves to the Independent Film Channel, gets picked up for a sitcom deal on Fox that (almost) makes it...

Movie Review posted on 24th October 2006

Tideland

Tideland

It's not that there's necessarily anything wrong with a film that uses the dead gas escaping from a putrefying corpse for comic effect by making it sound like flatulence. There's nothing that says a film...

Movie Review posted on 24th October 2006

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 24th October 2006

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Unfolding before viewers' eyes like luxuriantly blooming nightshade, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth is a dark treat that delivers a powerful sting. The nightmare conventions are here in his story of a young girl whose...

Movie Review posted on 12th October 2006

Black Gold

Black Gold

You would never think that the growing and selling of coffee could be this important, or emotional. And yet, somehow, Nick and Marc Francis' documentary Black Gold is quite definitely both those things. A gorgeously-shot...

Movie Review posted on 9th October 2006

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

The advantage that agitprop documentarian Robert Greenwald has in choosing the subjects he does -- Fox News, Wal-Mart, and now, Halliburton -- is that a certain segment of his audience is already ready to fly...

Movie Review posted on 15th September 2006

The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia

Sure, the man's had a bad run of things. When Brian de Palma directed Snake Eyes, a corker of a plot that went nowhere, it seemed like a fluke. When he did Femme Fatale, that...

Movie Review posted on 15th September 2006

The Ground Truth

The Ground Truth

Less a documentary on the long-term effects of the Iraq War on combatants than an advertisement for a miscellany of anti-war groups, The Ground Truth does contain (in an abbreviated form, at least) a dose...

Movie Review posted on 15th September 2006

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 29th August 2006

The Bridesmaid

The Bridesmaid

At first glance, she doesn't seem like much -- maybe it's the dress. When Philippe (Benoit Magimel) -- the slim, self-satisfied, smart-but-stupid chump in Claude Chabrol's psycho-drama The Bridesmaid -- sees Senta (Laura Smet), a...

Movie Review posted on 28th July 2006

Scoop

Scoop

Maybe it was just too soon. Maybe after coming back so strongly with last year's bracing morality thriller Match Point, Woody Allen should have taken a year or so off. Caught up on his reading,...

Movie Review posted on 28th July 2006

The Oh in Ohio

The Oh in Ohio

First, there's that cast that looks pretty good -- Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Keith David -- even though it's being distributed by some no-name outfit. Then there's the title, a sad little bad joke that...

Movie Review posted on 17th July 2006

The War Tapes

The War Tapes

We have an embarrassment of information when it comes to the Iraq War. Unlike previous conflicts, in which information took too long to get back from abroad, or was too heavily censored to retain much...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

The King

The King

The creepy prodigal son tale The King takes a young sailor (just out of the navy) named Elvis, sends him to find his father, a born-again preacher who never married Elvis' mom (a whore), then...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress

The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress

No matter how hard it shakes its fist or rails at the firmament, there's a feeling of dull inevitability to the litany of deceit and crookery laid out in Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's documentary...

Movie Review posted on 3rd June 2006

The Break-Up

The Break-Up

In most romantic comedies, some find themselves pining for the two leads to finally put their differences aside and reunite, slow dancing while an overused R&B tune plays in the background and the comic relief...

Movie Review posted on 2nd June 2006

Who Gets To Call It Art?

Who Gets To Call It Art?

The question asked by Peter Rosen's documentary Who Gets To Call It Art? is not just an excellent one, it's also probably the most important question asked by critics of modern art. Once Warhol used...

Movie Review posted on 27th May 2006

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

There are many things one expects to hear from Holocaust survivors when they talk about the Nazis who imprisoned and tortured them in concentration camps, but forgiveness is hardly one of them. Although the tough-as-nails...

Movie Review posted on 19th May 2006

The Promise

The Promise

Chen Kaige has always had a weakness for the theatrical, something that can be put to grand and operatic effect in films like Farewell My Concubine and Temptress Moon. It can also lead to quite...

Movie Review posted on 6th May 2006

Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que tu lo Sepas!

Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que tu lo Sepas!

Puerto Rico is a special case in American history, neither fish nor fowl, and so off the radar of the average citizen as to almost not exist. Taken as a prize in the 1898 Spanish-American...

Movie Review posted on 1st May 2006

Another Gay Movie

Another Gay Movie

If one must find something nice to say about Todd Stephens' Another Gay Movie, then it could be that at the very least this is a film that shows gay teens not suffering through identity...

Movie Review posted on 1st May 2006

Walker Payne

Walker Payne

A fan of the film Walker Payne said she found it surprising, since everything about it seemed so different than what you'd expect from its director and co-writer Matt Williams, a TV scribbler who wrote...

Movie Review posted on 1st May 2006

American Dreamz

American Dreamz

There's a peculiarly painful sensation one gets when witnessing a comedy build toward its big moment, having carefully laid all out all the correct elements and primed you for all the gags as it leads...

Movie Review posted on 24th April 2006

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 5th April 2006

Inside Man

Inside Man

Let's just say this now: the heist movie is tired, kaput, over. Maybe it was the endlessly upgraded arms race in cinematic heists trying to outdo each other. One time it's a $50 million job,...

Movie Review posted on 24th March 2006

Street Fight

Street Fight

It's tempting to view politics as little more than a grudge match, an untelegenic blood match between a number of well-dressed liars who should be judged not for the substance of their statements, but rather...

Movie Review posted on 15th March 2006

16 Blocks

16 Blocks

It's just about eight in the morning, and the worst cop in the world needs a drink. Instead of a drink, the lieutenant gives him a job: at some point over the next 118 minutes,...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Our Brand Is Crisis

Our Brand Is Crisis

In the new political documentary Our Brand is Crisis - or, as it could have been named, James Carville and Friends Go To Bolivia! - a team of blue-shirt and khaki-pants D.C. consultants head south...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Breaking News

Breaking News

Since we don't seem to be able to put together a halfway decent cops-and-robbers movie anymore in this country, it's nice to see that Johnnie To (Heroic Trio, Fulltime Killer) is still out there, making...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

C.S.A.: The Confederate States Of America

C.S.A.: The Confederate States Of America

The photo in the film's opening montage is familiar, it's the shot of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima, only there's something just a bit off: the flag they're raising is a Confederate...

Movie Review posted on 17th February 2006

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