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Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Everything else gets the documentary treatment. Why not heavy metal, too? Academic Sam Dunn puts metal under the microscope, tracing its origins back to bands like Cream and all the way through and beyond glam...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

Porky's

Porky's

Does anyone even remember what Porky's is about? The movie's story (as it is) has become a punchline that sex comedies are compared to. But what's it about? Name one character. OK, besides Pee Wee...

Movie Review posted on 6th June 2007

Things to Do

Things to Do

Not to be confused with Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Things to Do is about doing stuff while you're still alive.The format is rapidly becoming a familiar one. A la Garden State,...

Movie Review posted on 1st June 2007

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale

Here's an experiment that has worked in the past (The Adventures of Milo and Otis) but which doesn't quite fly this time out.Whispers: An Elephant's Tale -- like all live-action kiddie-fare about animals with human...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

The Hard Easy

The Hard Easy

Jon Lindstrom must have thought he was on to the gimmick of the century when he sat down to write The Hard Easy: Two separate gangs plan a diamond theft that goes down at the...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

Pledge This!

Pledge This!

Rarely have I truly said "I wish I had my 90 minutes back" and meant it sincerely. But Pledge This! is a film with absolutely no saving graces, nothing worth redeeming it. It's a waste...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

You might have read about Teri Horton's crusade at some point over the last decade or two. In 1992 she found a huge, hideously ugly painting in a thrift store, spent five bucks on it,...

Movie Review posted on 24th May 2007

Bug (2002)

Bug (2002)

It's a cute little indie, but I feel like I've seen the interlocking-stories-based-on-unintended-consequences bit a few too many times already. In Bug it's played mainly for goofs, as a kid squashes a roach, gets a...

Movie Review posted on 24th May 2007

10 Mph

10 Mph

Sure, I love a story about crazy people trying to crazy things. In 10 MPH, it's about a couple of guys trying to figure out how to break out of a rut of twentysomething cube...

Movie Review posted on 24th May 2007

The Breed (2006)

The Breed (2006)

The cover has a picture of two snarling dogs and a girl in a bikini, facing off with them on all fours. Looks like a tasty werewolf movie... but no, The Breedi is Cujo 2:...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

The Breed (2001)

The Breed (2001)

In the near future, vampires exist peacefully alongside man until a renegade group seemingly tries to rebuild a kind of Nazi regime, with bloodsuckers herding humans into concentration camps. This strange WWII allegory is...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Gray Matters

Gray Matters

The setup isn't bad. A man (Thomas Cavanagh) and woman (Heather Graham) start the film in a ballroom dance rehearsal space, performing a heavily-practiced number. Probably something for their wedding reception, right? They go on...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

The Eiger Sanction

The Eiger Sanction

Before there was Cliffhanger, there was The Eiger Sanction, a thrill ride of a movie that largely takes place on an icy mountaintop. The mountaineering is almost beside the point: Eiger's most curious aspect is...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Suicide Killers

Suicide Killers

It is hard to be critical about a film that explores such a painful and sensitive issue, but what Suicide Killers has in heart, it ultimately lacks in insight. The film examines the mindset of...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Revenge

Revenge

Revenge refers to two people's actions in Tony Scott's rough-hewn underseen 1990 drama. It starts with a Navy fighter pilot (Scott had just made Top Gun) named Jay (Kevin Costner), who retires from the Navy...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Lola (2001)

Lola (2001)

Poor Lola. Her husband is verbally abusive. Her life is basically meaningless. She claims to be defined by her possessions. Sad life.But maybe she'll find salvation in the girl wearing a blonde hooker wig (Joanna...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

The Final Patient

The Final Patient

Wow, at first I thought this was going to be a run of the mill horror flick. Maybe a ghost or a serial killer in the fields. But no.Veteran actor Bill Cobbs is at the...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

The Larry Sanders Show: Not Just the Best of...

The Larry Sanders Show: Not Just the Best of...

It's a cliche now to complain that HBO has the best original programming on television, but never has that been more true than in the case of The Larry Sanders Show, which ran for six...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

Starbucking

Starbucking

If you're a fan of "oddly enough" type news stories, you've probably heard of the guy who's trying to visit every Starbucks in the world. He's known only as Winter, and he looks like any...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

Red Angel

Red Angel

The horrors of war are very much on display in Red Angel, a gruesome battlefront drama from Japan that looks at the earliest months of World War II in Asia, when Japan invaded Manchuria and...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

Election (1999)

Election (1999)

Talk about redemption. After starring in some of favorite movies ever, Matthew Broderick had to go and make Godzilla. Election proves that once again he should stick with comedy, with this little gem...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

Diggers

Diggers

Listless clam diggers in 1970s Long Island... sounds like a recipe for comedy, right?I'm not sure what director Katherine Dieckmann (best known as an R.E.M. video director) thought she was grabbing hold of here, but...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

10 Items Or Less

10 Items Or Less

It's not going to ruin anything to tell you that nothing happens in 10 Items or Less. Yeah, it's one of those kinds of movies. A couple of characters (only one of whom even has...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2007

Drop Box

Drop Box

Comedy set in a video store, full of goofy antics? I was ready to pass, but it was only a few minutes into watching the DVD of Drop Box that I got hooked.Carefully molded in...

Movie Review posted on 11th April 2007

Following Sean

Following Sean

In what has become rather epidemic among U.S. documentary filmmakers, Ralph Arlyck's Following Sean is ultimately more about Ralph Arlyck than its ostensible title subject.Arlyck made a 15-minute short documentary called Sean in 1969, when...

Movie Review posted on 8th April 2007

Surrender Dorothy (1998)

Surrender Dorothy (1998)

Now this is seriously messed up.When a maladjusted introvert named Trevor crosses paths with a heroin addict named Lahn, he figures he can finally get the woman of his dreams if he converts Lahn from...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2007

Visions of Light

Visions of Light

The novice's guide to film cinematography, Visions of Light is a brisk primer on what the D.P. of a movie does: Basically, make it look the way it looks. From Birth of a Nation to...

Movie Review posted on 4th April 2007

America: From Freedom To Fascism

America: From Freedom To Fascism

The problem when average Joes work on movies about serious subjects is that usually they get in way over their head. In this case, that Joe is Aaron Russo, a producer who worked on several...

Movie Review posted on 2nd April 2007

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

All good things deserve a documentary about them, so why not the slasher film? This Starz-produced documentary (which oddly has no director credited) gives a dutiful breakdown of the slasher flick's birth, death, rebirth, redeath,...

Movie Review posted on 31st March 2007

Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons

When it looked like Disney and Pixar were about to part ways a few years back, Disney decided to ramp up its own 3-D animation studio in order to keep putting these lucrative movies on...

Movie Review posted on 30th March 2007

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