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Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire

I suppose you're either an Anne Rice fan or you're not. I, for what it's worth, am not, and the first movie to be ground out from one of her little vampire books was...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

Noise (2007, U.S.)

Noise (2007, U.S.)

I hate car alarms as much as the next guy, but make a feature film -- with Tim Robbins and William Hurt -- as a thinly-veiled diatribe against noise pollution? That's about as obsessive as...

Movie Review posted on 23rd September 2008

Noise (2007, Australia)

Noise (2007, Australia)

Seven shot dead on an Australian subway line, leaving one shell-shocked survivor. Another victim found dead in a remote Australian town, suggesting the killer's a local. Into this scenario comes a pedestrian and unambitious beat...

Movie Review posted on 23rd September 2008

Watching the Detectives

Watching the Detectives

Watching the Detectives proves that even if you adopt a cool-sounding Elvis Costello song title for your movie, that won't necessarily make it good.Despite the presence of indie darling Cillian Murphy and teen lust subject...

Movie Review posted on 22nd August 2008

Nixon

Nixon

History has not been much kinder to Nixon the movie than it was to Nixon the man. Grossing under $14 million domestically, the $50 million movie was an enormous box office flop (what 1995-era family...

Movie Review posted on 20th August 2008

Deal (2008)

Deal (2008)

Poker-themed movies are -- finally -- hitting the sunset of their lives. When Burt Reynolds gets in on the game, you know the jig is just about up.Reynolds actually acquits himself amicably in Deal, a...

Movie Review posted on 19th August 2008

Deal

Deal

Poker-themed movies are -- finally -- hitting the sunset of their lives. When Burt Reynolds gets in on the game, you know the jig is just about up.Reynolds actually acquits himself amicably in Deal, a...

Movie Review posted on 19th August 2008

Monster Camp

Monster Camp

Who knew there'd be enough material in the world of live action role-playing games for not one but two documentaries about the (extremely) small phenomenon?In cas you're unfamiliar with the idea, "LARPs" let you take...

Movie Review posted on 18th August 2008

Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo

Isaac (Nick Stahl) is in a wheelchair, injured as a young boy and quietly resentful of the fact ever since. He's also a radio newscaster, telling odd little stories into the microphone and drawing on...

Movie Review posted on 14th August 2008

'Round Midnight

'Round Midnight

In 1986, director Bertrand Tavernier turned his attention to... the growth of jazz in 1950s France, courtesy of black American expatriates? An odd choice for the director of Coup de torchon -- and featuring Martin...

Movie Review posted on 12th August 2008

Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa

Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa

If you've ever imagined existence "off the grid" in a secluded wilderness to be a kind of noble, bohemian, hippie way to live, Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa should prove a sobering experience....

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2008

The Deal (2003)

The Deal (2003)

Relentlessly promoted as "The prequel to The Queen" on the DVD cover, this 2003 British TV production is seeing a curious reissue in order to capitalize on The Queen's Oscar attention last year, which saw...

Movie Review posted on 2nd August 2008

Radiant City

Radiant City

Jim Brown and Gary Burns skewer suburbia in Radiant City, laying out in black and white all of its flaws: Cold, impersonal, isolated, environmentally catastrophic, a promoter of terrible personal fitness and health habits. And...

Movie Review posted on 2nd August 2008

Vampyr

Vampyr

In the annals of vampire cinema, the classic Nosferatu is often the first and last word on the subject. It began with F.W. Murnau's landmark work, and that's that.But 10 years later, cinematic master Carl...

Movie Review posted on 31st July 2008

WarGames: The Dead Code

WarGames: The Dead Code

Even I have trouble believing that the proto-cyberpunk classic WarGames is a whopping 25 years old. What kid didn't want an IMSAI 8080 back in the day so he could change his grades... and get...

Movie Review posted on 27th July 2008

The Amateurs

The Amateurs

Andy (Jeff Bridges) is, as they say, an idea man. He mopes and mopes until a brainstorm hits him and launches him out of the bar: Say, getting everyone in his small town to sell...

Movie Review posted on 24th July 2008

Slippery Slope

Slippery Slope

Irony doesn't get any richer than in the movies.Take Slippery Slope. Here we have Gillian (Kelly Hutchinson), who is such a radical feminist that she made a documentary about feminism. The doc is accepted into...

Movie Review posted on 19th July 2008

Outsourced

Outsourced

The offshoring of U.S. jobs remains a hot topic in the news... and now it's a hot topic in the movies, too. (At least four projects called Outsourced have been produced in the last three...

Movie Review posted on 18th July 2008

On the Doll

On the Doll

I have no idea what "on the doll" means, but I guess it has something to do with prostitution and pornography. Thomas Mignone's harrowing film is an expose of sorts into the sex trade underworld,...

Movie Review posted on 18th July 2008

My Mom's New Boyfriend

My Mom's New Boyfriend

Grown-up son living at home becomes angry and frustrated when his mom brings a new guy into the picture. Wait, didn't I just see this movie? Literally, a week ago?Turns out My Mom's New Boyfriend...

Movie Review posted on 14th July 2008

Sex and Death 101

Sex and Death 101

Daniel Waters has one of Hollywood's most intriguing resumes. After writing his first film, Heathers, Waters trolled through the Hollywood meat grinder, writing some of the '90s worst big-budget movies: Demolition Man, The Adventures of...

Movie Review posted on 7th July 2008

Short Circuit

Short Circuit

I am sure that, back in the mid-1980s, I wasn't alone in believing that we were just a lightning strike away from a robot becoming sentient. I probably wasn't alone in believing Fisher Stevens was...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2008

It's a Boy Girl Thing

It's a Boy Girl Thing

It's comforting to know that, deep into the 2000s, there is still someone trying to dig a final nugget of gold from the old swapping-bodies plot device. Freaky Friday will simply never die. Never!In this...

Movie Review posted on 4th July 2008

Mama's Boy

Mama's Boy

Diane Keaton. Jeff Daniels. Jon Heder. Anna Faris. That's a lot of star power for a movie to go straight to video. Hell, it even has Eli Wallach in it!Start watching Mama's Boy and you...

Movie Review posted on 2nd July 2008

He Was a Quiet Man

He Was a Quiet Man

Nice guy. Quiet. Kept to himself.Mass murderers often generate a typical refrain about their "quietness," but no one says such a thing in the middle of their invariably bloody rampages. Here, Christian Slater is aptly...

Movie Review posted on 1st July 2008

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Shooting-rampage psychopaths like Charles Whitman always seem to be an American phenomenon. But New Zealand, of all places, had its own run-in with mass murder in 1990 in a relatively little-known event in a tiny...

Movie Review posted on 24th June 2008

City Slickers

City Slickers

If Hollywood had any "it" writers in the 1980s and early '90s, it was the duo of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, who cranked out comedy after comedy, drawing on reasonably current events or topical...

Movie Review posted on 23rd June 2008

Noise

Noise

Seven shot dead on an Australian subway line, leaving one shell-shocked survivor. Another victim found dead in a remote Australian town, suggesting the killer's a local. Into this scenario comes a pedestrian and unambitious beat...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2008

Numb

Numb

Matthew Perry introduces us to yet another medical malady that apparently occurs only in the movies: After smoking too much pot, he becomes alienated from the outside world and even his own body and is...

Movie Review posted on 18th June 2008

Strange Wilderness

Strange Wilderness

Take the second-tier crew from both Adam Sandler's posse (Allen Covert, Peter Dante) and Judd Apatow's regulars (Jonah Hill, Justin Long) and throw them together in a comedic spin on a Wild Kingdom type set...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2008

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