Author: Eric Meyerson

Breaking Bad: Season One

Breaking Bad: Season One

Walter White is 50 years old and burdened with fear, regret, and pain. And that's before he starts cooking crystal meth for extra cash.You've never seen a television drama like Breaking Bad, cable network AMC's...

Movie Review posted on 20th December 2008

The Wire: Season Five

The Wire: Season Five

Millions of hearts broke when season four of The Wire reached its bleak conclusion. The cause of this mass cardiac disintegration was twofold: first, most of the teenage boys in the season's primary storyline seemed...

Movie Review posted on 9th December 2008

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Almost 150 years after the Civil War, the Confederate Flag still stands as America's most controversial symbol. To most citizens, it represents a shameful era in our country's early history, when men could own, sell,...

Movie Review posted on 16th October 2008

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a high school fantasy for indie rock nerds.Imagine if back when you were 17, instead of playing CDs in your bedroom and dreaming about getting up the nerve to...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

Religulous

Religulous

Ponder this: Christians and Muslims embrace two competing, ancient fairy tales that both end with the glorious destruction of the world, except for exclusive alternate endings for believers. And the people who currently have the...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

John Adams

John Adams

The mammoth success of David McCullough's John Adams (2001) was one of publishing's great shockers. How could a lengthy hardcover about America's least glamorous founding father sell so many copies?It wasn't the Pulitzer that moved...

Movie Review posted on 20th June 2008

Coming To America

Coming To America

In 1988, with his stock trading at an all-time high, Eddie Murphy outdid even himself with Coming to America. In the wake of a triptych of movies (The Golden Child, Beverly Hills Cop II, and...

Movie Review posted on 28th June 2007

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Imagine you were a marginally successful comedian, one who had spent 10 years touring clubs and taking bit movie parts for a living. Suddenly, you got a big break and hit a grand slam, catapulting...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

All We Are Saying

All We Are Saying

Here's an intriguing and potentially electrifying documentary concept: Rosanna Arquette gets the lowdown on life in the music biz by chatting with A-list rock stars, including Sting, Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Yoko Ono,...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2007

The Exorcist III

The Exorcist III

Yeah, I know. It's a horror movie with a number after the title, which usually as promising a signal as "This film was not screened for critics." Well, if Evil Dead II is the horror...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Torque

Torque

The tagline on the poster for Torque says nothing about motorcycles. It simply reads: "From the Producer of The Fast and the Furious, XXX, and S.W.A.T."And a brand is born.Torque, a ridiculous yarn about biker...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Superman II

Superman II

"Kneel before Zod."Superman II had all the signposts of a disaster. Richard Donner, who shot much of the footage during the production of the first Superman, found himself forced away from the movie and replaced...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Vice Guide to Travel

The Vice Guide to Travel

For those unfamiliar with bleeding-edge hipsterism, Vice magazine is the movement's vanguard property. From its filthy perch in Brooklyn, Vice publishes disturbing and uproarious monthly essays about drugs, underground music, and the seediest sides of...

Movie Review posted on 26th October 2006

All The King's Men (2006)

All The King's Men (2006)

"What you don't know won't hurt you," Jack Burden narrates in the opening scene, as he contemplatively stares at the ceiling. "They call it idealism, in a book I read."Idealism was the force that shaped...

Movie Review posted on 9th October 2006

Goal! The Dream Begins

Goal! The Dream Begins

Burdened with the most optimistic title since Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Goal! The Dream Begins is indeed the first part of a trilogy that will eventually take a soccer-mad kid from Los Angeles to...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2006

Dave Chapelle's Block Party

Dave Chapelle's Block Party

Imagine you were a marginally successful comedian, one who had spent 10 years touring clubs and taking bit movie parts for a living. Suddenly, you got a big break and hit a grand slam, catapulting...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Good Morning, Vietnam

Good Morning, Vietnam

Think back to middle school for a moment. Who was the class clown? What was he like?If your eighth-grade classroom was like most, your class clown was a guarded, smallish boy who was utterly terrified...

Movie Review posted on 18th February 2006

Club Paradise

Club Paradise

Before "celebrity" reality shows, ensemble comedies were the lifelines that kept failing showbiz careers from bottoming out. This subgenre was like a post-Thanksgiving meal concocted of small quantities of disparate leftovers. It was never particularly...

Movie Review posted on 29th December 2005

Jarhead

Jarhead

From the quiet perch of the homeland, Operation Desert Storm was an anti-climactic blowout. Billed by Saddam Hussein as the "Mother of All Battles," it looked an awful lot like a rout by American air...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

21 Grams

21 Grams

Following the funeral of his son-in-law, a father empathizes with his daughter by relating how he moved past the death of his wife, her mother. He reassures her that in spite of the hard times...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats

In the dark weeks following 9/11, Comedy Central's management surprisingly decided not to cancel its taping of The Friar's Club Roast of Hugh Hefner. During the recording of the event, hundreds of comedians and urban...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Radio

Radio

HBO's cultish sketch-fest Mr. Show, in one of its more brilliant skewers of the entertainment business, did a hysterical mock movie awards show where all categories were for playing mentally challenged adults. The heart of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man

Some of the most interesting documentaries of recent years have starred weird men consumed with their obsessions. Werner Herzog's entertaining, engrossing, tragic, and occasionally hilarious Grizzly Man is perhaps the first about a weird man...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sin City

Sin City

You typically have to maintain low expectations for a comic book movie. For every Spider-Man, you get a bunch of Elektras and Daredevils. So really, what can you expect from one with a huge, B-list...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein

Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein

No matter how you feel about Michael Moore, you can't deny his influence. And Central California real estate broker Brad Maaske, in his filmmaking debut, isn't afraid to admit that Moore inspired him to get...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Exorcist: The Beginning

Exorcist: The Beginning

At one point, it was inconceivable that any big-budget Hollywood picture could rival Exorcist II: The Heretic as the most ridiculous and boring horror movie ever made. It took a stillborn cousin, Exorcist: The Beginning,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

In 1986, a Chicago-based film producer gave young music video director and former boat-builder John McNaughton some cash to make his first feature, a teen slasher film. McNaughton came back with Henry: Portrait of a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Being There

Being There

If we're to believe 2004's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, the Briton who seemingly defined the term "comic actor" was an angry shell of a man, a vacant vessel who stumbled his way...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona

It's said that two-thirds of Americans don't even bother to get a passport. While foreigners and Ivy Leaguers snicker over this as evidence of Americans' incuriosity about the world, I've always suspected that something else...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Alamo (2004)

The Alamo (2004)

A soldier's life has been famously characterized by hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror. Well, The Alamo manages to capture half that story.The Alamo isn't a patriotic, heart-swelling epic. It's a dull,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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