Author: David Thomas

Push

Push

In the first minute of Push, a character utters a line that's all but verbatim: "Save the cheerleader; save the world." With the film's unapologetic intent to lift freely from Heroes and its progenitor X-Men...

Movie Review posted on 6th February 2009

Becket

Becket

Oscar trivia hounds probably know that Peter O'Toole is one of only four actors to receive Best Actor nods for playing the same character in two different films (we'll leave it to you and the...

Movie Review posted on 15th December 2008

Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye

Bruce Sterling's 1998 novel Distraction opens with a group of strangers converging on a bank, each with one specific task. By the time they are done, the entire bank has been disassembled. While this idea...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

It would be nice to think that the infusion of new blood into the Star Wars franchise, in the form of director Dave Filoni and screenwriters Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, and Scott Murphy, would reinvigorate...

Movie Review posted on 15th August 2008

A Necessary Death

A Necessary Death

Writer/director Daniel Stamm's A Necessary Death takes the character-as-cameraman approach of Cloverfield and Diary of the Dead and applies it to a more intimate horror story -- the story of a suicide. The result is...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2008

Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor

A cleverly placed cameo early on in Drillbit Taylor reveals that the filmmakers are keenly aware of the territory in which they tread. It's a reference to the 1980 film My Bodyguard, in which a...

Movie Review posted on 21st March 2008

10,000 B.C.

10,000 B.C.

You'd think that with mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and large, screeching birds you wouldn't need much more to deliver an entertaining romp through yester-epoch, but 10,000 B.C. proves that merely having an exotic setting as your...

Movie Review posted on 7th March 2008

Illegal Tender

Illegal Tender

When the production credits that open writer/director Franc. Reyes' (we don't understand the period, either) crime drama Illegal Tender appear in gloriously cheesy '70s blaxploitation font with an equally gaudy title graphic depicting a sexy...

Movie Review posted on 30th December 2007

I Am Legend

I Am Legend

To the modern eye, the plot for the 1954 Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend might sound something like Cast Away with zombies. Truth be told, that's not a terrible premise, and Constantine director Francis...

Movie Review posted on 14th December 2007

The Food of the Gods

The Food of the Gods

Writer/director Bert I. Gordon's adaptation of The Food of the Gods claims to be based on "a portion" of the eponymous H.G. Wells novel. Apparently he meant the portion that sucks. At least eight of...

Movie Review posted on 20th September 2007

Death At A Funeral

Death At A Funeral

Frank Oz, better known as the voice of Yoda and Miss Piggy, has settled into the director's chair quite frequently in his career, even dabbling in comedy on occasion. At the helm of Dirty Rotten...

Movie Review posted on 29th June 2007

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

Director James D. Scurlock shares more than just a rhyming last name with documentarian Morgan Spurlock, whose Super Size Me went after the fast food industry with the same zeal that Scurlock's Maxed Out targets...

Movie Review posted on 18th June 2007

Next

Next

If the protagonist of Next were to use his ability to peer two minutes into the future before watching Next, he'd probably have enough to go on to skip it altogether. That's how long it...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

Blades Of Glory

Blades Of Glory

Somewhere along the line, it was theorized that Will Ferrell as an athlete is inherently funny. Fortunately for Blades of Glory, which continues the sports farce oeuvre he began with Kicking and Screaming and Talladega...

Movie Review posted on 30th March 2007

The Number 23

The Number 23

There are at least 23 ways in which The Number 23 sucks. The most important revolves around its inability to distinguish creepiness from cliché. It fails to realize that there's not nearly enough weed on...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2007

The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

There's a newly famous scene in Borat where a rodeo official advises the titular character to shave his moustache so as not to arouse suspicion that he's a terrorist. What could that possibly have to...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

The Departed

The Departed

Just as Spike Lee took a basic caper and added his own pet issues to elevate Inside Man to the upper echelons of its genre, Martin Scorsese has taken The Departed, based on an intriguingly...

Movie Review posted on 17th January 2007

Azumi

Azumi

When underground director Ryuhei Kitamura announced that he'd be making Azumi, his first film inside the Japanese studio system after a successful run of independent films (Versus, Aragami), fans may have had just cause to...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

When Shane Black wrote the screenplay for 1996's The Long Kiss Goodnight, he broke his own record as the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood. Then, just as suddenly as he had burst onto the scene...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Oldboy

Oldboy

What can you say about a movie that has not one, not two, but three scenes of improvised oral surgery that make Laurence Olivier's bit in Marathon Man look like Steve Martin's bit in Little...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of...

Movie Review posted on 12th January 2007

Lonesome Jim

Lonesome Jim

If you were to saddle Garden State with a far less likeable lead and set it in Indiana, you might end up with this small gem, the latest from actor-cum-director Steve Buscemi. The Lonesome Jim...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

The Descent

The Descent

A huge hit last summer in its native Britain, writer/director Neil Marshall's The Descent finally hits the States with a compelling mix of action and horror. Not since Aliens have the two genres fit so...

Movie Review posted on 15th December 2006

The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

There's a newly famous scene in Borat where a rodeo official advises the titular character to shave his moustache so as not to arouse suspicion that he's a terrorist. What could that possibly have to...

Movie Review posted on 1st December 2006

The Descent

The Descent

A huge hit last summer in its native Britain, writer/director Neil Marshall's The Descent finally hits the States with a compelling mix of action and horror. Not since Aliens have the two genres fit so...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

The Departed

The Departed

Just as Spike Lee took a basic caper and added his own pet issues to elevate Inside Man to the upper echelons of its genre, Martin Scorsese has taken The Departed, based on an intriguingly...

Movie Review posted on 9th October 2006

Lady in the Water

Lady in the Water

Is it possible for a film to be cheesy and interesting all at once? That's the question posed by M. Night Shyamalan's latest effort, Lady in the Water, a film that manages to throw in...

Movie Review posted on 21st July 2006

Running Scared

Running Scared

Like Paul Walker's character in it, Running Scared is a lot smarter than it looks. Unfortunately, it spends as much time being dumb as acting dumb, making for an experience that can be as frustrating...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

Poseidon

Poseidon

34 years ago, The Poseidon Adventure rode the trendy disaster meme of its day to stellar box office and numerous Oscar nominations. Today, Poseidon sits poised to ride the current effects meme to similar financial...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2006

The Lake House

The Lake House

Director Alejandro Agresti's The Lake House, based on a South Korean film called Il Mare, takes the premise that launched movies such as Back to the Future and Frequency and asks, "What would a good...

Movie Review posted on 21st June 2006

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