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Southland Tales

Southland Tales

At its Cannes 2006 inception, Richard Kelly's Southland Tales was plagued with walkouts that, reportedly, rang close to triple digits. The follow-up to Kelly's post-millennial, Reagan-era-set cult hit Donnie Darko, Tales seems destined for the...

Movie Review posted on 14th November 2007

Rocky

Rocky

With Rocky, cinematographer Jimmy Crabe worked with director John G. Avildsen to rethink the look of the city of Philadelphia. Consisting of a scant few shots of the familiar monuments and parks, Crabe, who was...

Movie Review posted on 13th November 2007

No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men

The only good man to be found in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men is a sheriff by the name of Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones). Every morning he has bacon...

Movie Review posted on 9th November 2007

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

Also known as The Last Hangman, director Adrian Shergold's film about the most famous executioner in England during the World War II war crimes trials and hangings follows the long lineage of English droll drama....

Movie Review posted on 30th October 2007

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

At the tender age of 83, director Sidney Lumet opens his latest film with a married couple going at it, doggy-style, in a bedroom full of mirrors. The wife is black-haired and thin while the...

Movie Review posted on 26th October 2007

Reservation Road

Reservation Road

Director Terry George moves swiftly from an African tragedy to an American tragedy with his docile Reservation Road. Adapted from John Burnham Schwartz's novel by George and Schwartz, a hit-and-run accident on the titular length...

Movie Review posted on 19th October 2007

Rendition

Rendition

About halfway through Gavin Hood's Rendition, Peter Sarsgaard's dweeby congressman's assistant approaches Meryl Streep's white witch of the CIA with enough huff-and-puff to blow down a Dairy Queen. The two ideological opposites go at it...

Movie Review posted on 19th October 2007

Sleuth (2007)

Sleuth (2007)

Postmodern, sadomasochist, Darth Vader furniture and artwork adorn the house and main setting of Kenneth Branagh's update of Sleuth like the aftermath of a smart bomb. Yet, author Andrew Wyke (Michael Caine) walks around it...

Movie Review posted on 12th October 2007

Control

Control

Ian Curtis was only 23 when he hung himself in the kitchen of his wife's house on May 18th, 1980 in Manchester, England. His band, Joy Division, had been only responsible for one album, 1979's...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2007

Lake of Fire

Lake of Fire

Like the detectives and journalists of David Fincher's Zodiac, Tony Kaye's long-gestating Lake of Fire is the work of a man obsessed. Kaye spent 15 years of his life compiling, analyzing and sifting through a...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2007

The Kingdom (2007)

The Kingdom (2007)

Peter Berg's The Kingdom will either rally those in the theater or piss off every single ticket holder in sight. It's gonna be awesome. Indeed, sardonic catcalls of "kill all the towelheads!" were shouted at...

Movie Review posted on 28th September 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited

It was a boarding school in Rushmore, a gorgeous city home in The Royal Tenenbaums, and a grand oceanic vessel in The Life Aquatic; Wes Anderson has a jones for condensed spaces. In The Darjeeling...

Movie Review posted on 28th September 2007

Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution

Halfway through Lust, Caution, Ang Lee's follow-up to Brokeback Mountain, Mr. Yee, a collaborator with the Japanese in WWII Shanghai, throws the flirtatious wife of a businessman onto a bed and proceeds to have sex...

Movie Review posted on 28th September 2007

Into the Wild

Into the Wild

One day, you just pack up your essentials in a backpack, do away with all forms of identification, and set off on the road to find that piece of blue sky that's been missing from...

Movie Review posted on 21st September 2007

Mr. Woodcock

Mr. Woodcock

For half of the last decade, Billy Bob Thornton has been filling the scumbag/jerk quotient to dwindling effect, culminating in last year's abysmal School for Scoundrels. One half-expected him to try and nab a role...

Movie Review posted on 14th September 2007

Great World of Sound

Great World of Sound

The two twits at the center of Craig Zobel's Great World of Sound don't buy into the thievery of the music industry, but they are more than happy to be the tiny sprockets that help...

Movie Review posted on 14th September 2007

Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises

We're in London and the streets look like they are owned and operated by Beelzebub himself. The ghosts of the KGB death squads loom in the distance, but the Russian crime syndicate's stranglehold over the...

Movie Review posted on 14th September 2007

Stephanie Daley

Stephanie Daley

As film subjects go, newborn death and its connections to the abortion debate are about as easy to approach as a pit of bible-carrying vipers. Though its plot comes straight from the Lifetime channel production...

Movie Review posted on 10th September 2007

The Boss of It All

The Boss of It All

Lars von Trier seems like a smart fellow and to that end, I don't believe a word he says; at least not at face value. So, when he opens a film, in deconstructionist manor, with...

Movie Review posted on 8th September 2007

Hatchet

Hatchet

Touted as the next big thing in horror by everyone from Kane Hodder to Dee Snider, Adam Green's Hatchet comes pre-packaged by the director himself as a return to "Old-School American Horror." What does he...

Movie Review posted on 7th September 2007

3:10 To Yuma

3:10 To Yuma

Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, a writer known more for loan sharks and confidence men than ruthless bandits and old-soul lawmen, 3:10 to Yuma originally sold Glenn Ford as slick outlaw Ben...

Movie Review posted on 7th September 2007

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Approaching a film like Luis Buñuel's The Milky Way isn't a cut-and-dry affair. Part of you wants to look at it in the pantheon of Buñuel's oeuvre, citing his patented sense of sarcasm, skepticism, and...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

Right at Your Door

Right at Your Door

Though the film version of 24 won't be released (reportedly) until 2009, its effect on cinema can be well felt in a film like Chris Gorak's Right at Your Door. As smoothly as any of...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Though Rowan Atkinson has amassed a ton of genius comedic creations in his 52 years, none of his other characters, Raymond Fowler and Edmund Blackadder included, quite stand up against the inexplicable Mr. Bean. Virtually...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

Exiled

Exiled

For a moment near the beginning of Johnny To's Exiled, a piece of furniture floats in open air between two assassins, each shooting the piece in a maelstrom of a gunfight. The camera, sturdy and...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

Balls Of Fury

Balls Of Fury

The humor of a game like ping-pong is the outright laziness and inaction that goes into it. It's a sport designed for drunken high-school parties, frat-house basements, and stoners who need to do something while...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

The King of Kong

The King of Kong

Video games, especially the old ones, are machines that challenge pattern recognition and memory. As a sport, there isn't enough movement or prowess for video gaming to be marketed correctly, let alone be widely accepted....

Movie Review posted on 17th August 2007

Ils

Ils

Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of Xavier Palud and David Moreau's ferocious Ils is its utter lack of trickery and distraction. For 77 grueling minutes, nerves get fried, senses are shocked and your pulse becomes...

Movie Review posted on 17th August 2007

Rush Hour 3

Rush Hour 3

For all the talk of his beguiling cameo as a police chief, Roman Polanski shows up in Rush Hour 3 for exactly two scenes for about two minutes. In fact, the French police have absolutely...

Movie Review posted on 10th August 2007

Rocket Science

Rocket Science

Quirky sucks, especially when it's done for quirk's sake. For the better part of the last decade, quirky has been the golden egg for independent distribution and for cult-classicism, even when most of the films...

Movie Review posted on 10th August 2007

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