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The Libertine

The Libertine

It seems that Johnny Depp, who may be our most consistently dazzling actor, will forever be nominated for his lesser roles. No one of major merit nominated him for Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Tim Burton's...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

There's a sure-fire way to spot a lurching cinematic failure: look at the stars. Not in astronomic terms, but in who is in it and why is it not getting buzz. You heard about Clint...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Bugsy

Bugsy

After writing, directing and starring in one of the most politically intriguing films of the 1990s, Bulworth, Warren Beatty vanished. He only resurfaced in 2001 in the deplorable Town & Country, which had been finished...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist

Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist

Paul Schrader and I have a sorted history, much too long to get into at this juncture. Know this: I've written three separate articles about how big a B.S. artist I think he is, mostly...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation

A few weeks ago, it was announced by McDonald's that it would be making an unprecedented push towards "class." Amongst other things, it will be installing wireless internet in a large amount of its restaurants...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Lady Vengeance

Lady Vengeance

Never to be labeled a sexist, Korean firebrand Park Chan-wook delivers the third installment in his exceptional Vengeance Cycle, Lady Vengeance, with the unmistakable whiff of feminine ardor. Not only does this film add a...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Loverboy

Loverboy

Much like Robert Towne's recent adaptation of Ask the Dust, Kevin Bacon's Loverboy is a labor of love. Sometime in 2003, Kyra Sedgwick (Bacon's spouse) handed him a copy of Victoria Redel's novel, Loverboy, and...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

There's a great conversation that goes on in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre where a crazed man and a van of hippies awkwardly talk about the difference between the new way of killing cattle...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Amarcord

Amarcord

The problem with puberty, above all the sexual frustration and general malaise, is that you become an unavoidable know-it-all. It's an element of discovery: Whenever you discover something for the first time, you automatically think...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan

God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan

Can a feel-good film be made about the now-famous Lost Boys of Sudan? Christopher Quinn thinks so, and he really wants you to believe in him. Filmed during the tail-end of the second Sudanese Civil...

Movie Review posted on 12th January 2007

Lonely Hearts

Lonely Hearts

If it's one thing you learn about loving old movies, it's that sooner or later some hell spawn from the lowest depths of the lowest ring of the underworld will get the idea that he...

Movie Review posted on 12th January 2007

Miss Potter

Miss Potter

Chris Noonan's Miss Potter continues a rather long line of films that attempt to diagnose the creative process of a writer and the critical world that surrounds the writer's inherent social (emotional) ineptitude. There are...

Movie Review posted on 8th January 2007

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Where to start for a film like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is beguiling. Discuss its introduction of quite possibly one of the best comedic and dramatic actors of the last decade? Yammer on about its...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Spanking the Monkey

Spanking the Monkey

Like trip-hop group Massive Attack, David O. Russell started off quiet and slowly became loud as all get-out. With all the craziness and banter that came out over Russell's philosophical slapstick masterpiece I Heart Huckabees,...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Somersault

Somersault

Despite its title, Cate Shortland's Somersault has no impressive feats of gymnastic ability in its 105 minutes. Instead, we are treated to another story of a young woman discovering both love and sexuality, while also...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Miss Potter

Miss Potter

Chris Noonan's Miss Potter continues a rather long line of films that attempt to diagnose the creative process of a writer and the critical world that surrounds the writer's inherent social (emotional) ineptitude. There are...

Movie Review posted on 29th December 2006

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Like chugging a $200 bottle of pinot noir while feeding a steady methamphetamine habit, Tom Tykwer's take on Patrick Suskind's perverse classic Perfume takes out all the novel's dark teases and replaces them with his...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2006

Children Of Men

Children Of Men

Perhaps because of its bleak outlook, its lushly dark tones, or its often blunt criticism of the current world state, Alfonso Cuaron's fourth major film will have to fight just as hard as his two...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2006

The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

In its space, pacing, and plot dynamics, John Curran's The Painted Veil has an inherent nostalgia for Hollywood yesteryear. Never as shrewd as to reference it ad-nauseum (see Nancy Meyers' The Holiday), Curran's love story...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2006

Breaking And Entering

Breaking And Entering

Bathed in browns and tans and coursing with pent-up socioeconomic ponderings, Anthony Minghella's gentrification hiccup Breaking and Entering joins a rather terminal genre of films that want to have their cake and eat it too....

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2006

4

4

Ilya Khrzhanovsky's spellbinding debut makes a new name and puts new stress on the often ignored Russian cinematic community. Obviously influenced by Soviet forefathers Andrei Tarkovsky and Aleksandr Sokurov, 4 might be 2006's most surreal...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2006

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

With fangs still dripping dark blood, Gabrielle comes to us like Neil LaBute rewriting Henrik Ibsen's classic A Doll's House. Don't let that get you too excited: The film is also very slow, psychological, and...

Movie Review posted on 17th December 2006

Family Law

Family Law

It's always been said that man is not a real man until he has a child. One day you're the star of your own life and you're just living it and then suddenly, you're a...

Movie Review posted on 8th December 2006

Inland Empire

Inland Empire

To those who thought that Terry Gilliam's gothic frenzy Tideland was an auteur who had lost all restraint: In the words of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, you ain't seen nothing yet.The notorious David Lynch has always held...

Movie Review posted on 6th December 2006

The Conformist

The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci has always been one of the scant few directors to actually understand the art of eroticism. There's an irrepressible elegance in the way he films women and the way they look when they're...

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2006

Turistas

Turistas

A tradesman in the ways of directing half-naked women, director John Stockwell has his hands full in his first foray into the horror genre. Stockwell has spent most of his career constructing exercises in bromidic...

Movie Review posted on 1st December 2006

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Undoubtedly a forerunner for American Vegan, Veg News, and PETA's best film of the year award, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's Our Daily Bread has a radical premise with a bounty of peculiar connotations to it.Starting in 2003,...

Movie Review posted on 30th November 2006

Le Petit Lieutenant

Le Petit Lieutenant

Is procedure really that boring? For ages now, the great detectives and police officers of film noirs and action flicks have dreaded the idea of pushing papers, running by procedure and the loathsome task known...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Red Doors

Red Doors

At last we left the quirky-family dramedy, it was thrusting us into a dilapidated VW van with Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear at the helm in the lovable, if not uneven Little Miss Sunshine. Now,...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

With fangs still dripping dark blood, Gabrielle comes to us like Neil LaBute rewriting Henrik Ibsen's classic A Doll's House. Don't let that get you too excited: The film is also very slow, psychological, and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

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