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Trail of the Pink Panther

Trail of the Pink Panther

In 1980, Peter Sellers died. In 1982, Trail of the Pink Panther, with Sellers as the headliner, was released by a studio hungry to capitalize further on the popular series.Trail certainly isn't historically unique in...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2006

Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog

No, they didn't make a movie about that awful game show. This is a typical latter-day Jayne Mansfield cheapie production, shot in Yugoslavia and featuring a frequently half-dressed Mansfield frolicking about for no particular reason....

Movie Review posted on 23rd January 2006

Celebrity Mix

Celebrity Mix

Well, this is truth in advertising: Celebrity Mix is a compilation of vanity projects featuring headliners like Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, and Zooey Deschanel.As is always the case with compilation discs, some of the...

Movie Review posted on 20th January 2006

The Last Victory

The Last Victory

Explaining just what Il Palio is could consume the bulk of this review, but I guess I'm bound to try and outline it anyway. In the Italian village of Siena, they hold an annual horse...

Movie Review posted on 16th January 2006

Modern Romance

Modern Romance

If you're at all familiar with Albert Brooks's work, you know exactly what you're getting into here -- another study of neuroses and how they impact (negatively) relationships between the sexes.Brooks, as usual, plays a...

Movie Review posted on 11th January 2006

Big Bad Mama

Big Bad Mama

William Shatner and Tom Skerritt would probably rather you forget about the infamous Big Bad Mama, one of the best-known exploitation films ever made. Thanks begin with Shatner and Skerritt, both starring as pervy hangers-on...

Movie Review posted on 27th December 2005

Rock 'n' Roll High School

Rock 'n' Roll High School

The film legacy of The Beatles was A Hard Day's Night, and I guess the film legacy of The Ramones is this, Rock 'n' Roll High School, the 1979 oddity about an oppressive high school...

Movie Review posted on 22nd December 2005

The Producers (2005)

The Producers (2005)

I'll confess up front that I never saw The Producers on stage. Not that I didn't want to: I'm a huge fan of the original Mel Brooks film -- a movie I consider, bar none,...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Speak

Speak

It's meant to be a mystery, but Melinda (Kristen Stewart) is a semi-mute -- by choice -- because she was raped at a party. In addition to earning her the nickname "Squealer," she's understandably scarred...

Movie Review posted on 8th December 2005

Six O'Clock News

Six O'Clock News

Six O'Clock News has often been called Ross McElwee's least "personal" film: That is, it's the film that has Ross McElwee and his friends and family in it the least.That's true, but rest assured, the...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2005

Kisses and Caroms

Kisses and Caroms

Give Vincent Rocca points for chutzpah. With no real filmmaking experience (his background is in running a billiards store), Rocca shot a feature film on video in five days, and recruited both a Playboy Playmate...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

The Amazing Kreskin

The Amazing Kreskin

Mentalist Kreskin gives us about an hour an a half of his trademark work from the New York Friar's Club -- the amazing, legendary, famous Friar's Club as he invariably refers to it. But most...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

Menace II Society

Menace II Society

Life in the hood is pretty bleak, but if you're Caine or O-Dog, it doesn't get much worse than this. The Hughes brothers' widely hailed (and often imitated) ode to life in South Central...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Picnic

Picnic

I'd never seen or read Picnic before -- and judging from the happy title I assumed it would be a lighthearted comedy -- probably full of music and dancing. Man, I was wrong. This is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Raisin In The Sun

A Raisin In The Sun

Sidney Poitier is on fire, as usual, in this play adaptation -- something in the vein of A Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Poitier's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

F For Fake

F For Fake

I've never seen another film like F for Fake, and if you invest a quick 90 minutes in it I'll wager you'll come away with the same dazed and breathless feeling that I had.F for...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Red Meat

Red Meat

They "go to the gym, eat red meat, and talk about girls."And so this straight-to-DVD-after-five-years-on-the-shelf flick would be dismissed as a pale imitation of In the Company of Men, if only it weren't written and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

As asinine as Hollywood gets, only destined to see at least one sequel. Goodman gets Fred right, all the way down to the tiptoe bowling approach... but to what end? A silly plot...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

New Suit

New Suit

Wait a sec: A movie about a writer in Hollywood who gets to the top without having a real script!? Ya don't say!Kevin Taylor (Jordan Bridges) is a Hollywood newcomer who can't get anywhere with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

In Dreams

In Dreams

Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) just keeps going down down down. This time, it's a "thriller" about a loony who controls the dreams of Bening, making her loony as well. The loony (I'll...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Vinyl Dolls

Vinyl Dolls

All girl rock band on the brink of success faces trouble when the lead guitarist splits... but their savior appears in the form of Nola (Tiffany Shepis), a brash gal who can play a mean...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Baby

The Baby

Horror at its most bizarre, and PG rated, to boot! The Baby stands as one of the genre's most perverse pictures, a simple tale about a social worker (Anjanette Comer) who becomes obsessed with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Taffin

Taffin

Years before becoming Bond, Pierce Brosnan got the chance to play a roguish Brit hero as the title character in Taffin, an Irish debt collector hired to stop Evil Corporate Empire from building a chemical...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

There's a point in Pearl Harbor when Cuba Gooding Jr. leaps into a battleship's gun turret and starts shooting down Japanese planes while hell rages around him. It's a dramatic moment... until you realize...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

The single best scene in Vanilla Sky, and maybe in the entire year of cinema, takes place right at the beginning of this film. On the surface it's not anything that special, just a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Top Gun

Top Gun

Anyone fondly remembering Top Gun as a prototypical action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer 'nad-fest probably hasn't seen it in awhile. Newly released as a mega-deluxe DVD, it's time to remember what Top Gun really is: From "You've...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Salvador

Salvador

It's like two Hunter Thompson characters come to life. In Oliver Stone's harrowing Salvador, James Woods and James Belushi play two real-life guys named Richard Boyle and "Doctor Rock." Boyle's a down on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It's also long, long, long... well, you get the picture. Mad, Mad World is the brainchild of director Stanley Kramer, best known for films like Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremburg, who figured...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

People never really got the message about Cambodia that they did about Vietnam. Thanks to movies like The Killing Fields the story can be told, and in fine form. Sam Waterston plays New York Times...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Cat Returns

The Cat Returns

This rather simplistic entry into the feel-good anime genre comes from Kiroyuki Morita (last seen animating the raunchy Perfect Blue but also responsible for working on the kind-hearted Kiki's Delivery Service). The Cat Returns is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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