Author: James Brundage

Batman (1989)

Batman (1989)

Batman has changed over the years. He's gone from Holy Rusted Metal to hallucinogens, from campy to comedy and then back to campy. He's been through more first ladies than half of its leading men,...

Movie Review posted on 25th August 2008

Spice world

Spice world

Why don't more non-acting bands star in fiction films as themselves? I'm serious: I would love to see Oasis in an action movie (fighting each other, natch), or a Rilo Kiley love story [Jenny Lewis...

Movie Review posted on 7th August 2008

The Quick and the Dead

The Quick and the Dead

All right, all right, I'm sorry I haven't been seeing the movies I should. I haven't seen A Simple Plan yet, I admit it. Everyone's been nagging me, bothering me about it, telling me: "James,...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

All About My Mother

All About My Mother

Director Pedro Almodovar explains the relationship between tunnels and the main character of Manuela (Cecila Roth) in All About My Mother with the line: "Manuela runs away. She always runs away on a train,...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2007

The Hitcher

The Hitcher

As the opening frames for The Hitcher inform us, 48,000 people die each year on the road each year. I know these sorrows have a variety of causes. Some are pure tragic accident, some the...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2007

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Python is... and always has been... laugh out loud funny. But this is the kind of thing that everyone says. I am at a sort of a quandary as to what to write...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Dropping Out

Dropping Out

Emile (Kent Osborne) is a pretty humble guy. He just wants one simple thing out of his life: for it to be just as picture-perfect as the TV. The opiate of the masses...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Quick and the Dead

The Quick and the Dead

All right, all right, I'm sorry I haven't been seeing the movies I should. I haven't seen A Simple Plan yet, I admit it. Everyone's been nagging me, bothering me about it, telling me: "James,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Into the Blue

Into the Blue

I wonder what went through the studio exec's head when he found out about the release schedule of Into the Blue. It's a movie about fun in the Caribbean sun that's coming out while the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Seed of Chucky

Seed of Chucky

Just when you thought puppets couldn't kill and screw any more than they did in Team America: World Police, along comes Seed of Chucky, the fifth film in the Child's Play series. Giving the South...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Ronin

Ronin

Ronin is one of the few action movies that I can chew on without having to regurgitate. Normally, the action film fills me with a sort of dread. In fact, per my recollection,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Stranger Than Fiction (1999)

Stranger Than Fiction (1999)

I am beginning to detect a very strange associate with the surreal and the sub par. This is not to say that I have repented and become a born-again fanatic of American cheese-factory films...

Movie Review posted on 6th January 2007

Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

When I first heard of this film, I immediately got the title reference. Like Joyce Carol Oates, I have lived in Princeton, and remember vaguely that ad series (I believe it was for Bell...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

The Monster (1994)

The Monster (1994)

I suppose that the problem with subtitled films is one of being literary. Sure, you can watch intelligent films until the cows come home, but the passerby on CNN's Showbiz Today said it best...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Hudson Hawk

Hudson Hawk

The good thing about comedies, as a general rule, is that they're too bland to have really bad plots. The search for laughs seldom strays too far off the beaten path established by the social...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

See No Evil

See No Evil

See No Evil wastes no time letting the blood flow. Within a few minutes, a rookie cop and a veteran go into a creepy abandoned house, where the rookie gets chopped and the veteran loses...

Movie Review posted on 25th May 2006

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Mediocre parody movies are Newton's second law as applied to cinema. For every hit over-the-top drama that paints characters by numbers there's at least one end to end parody that makes the cookie cutters look...

Movie Review posted on 24th March 2006

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Mediocre parody movies are Newton's second law as applied to cinema. For every hit over-the-top drama that paints characters by numbers there's at least one end to end parody that makes the cookie cutters look...

Movie Review posted on 24th March 2006

Madea's Family Reunion

Madea's Family Reunion

Sometimes it's not good to cross genres too far.Genres, like many things in life, work well when slightly blended together. Take darkly comic thrillers or lighthearted romantic comedies - they're both in the same general...

Movie Review posted on 1st March 2006

Final Destination 3

Final Destination 3

Just from the marketing you can tell Final Destination 3 is scraping the bottom of the film franchise barrel. With a tagline like "This ride will be the death of you" you can almost hear...

Movie Review posted on 10th February 2006

Mighty Joe Young (1998)

Mighty Joe Young (1998)

I'm beginning to get fed up. Over my four years as a critic, the thing which has kept me going is the moderate balance of films. The good balances the bad. I...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

The Producers (1968)

The Producers (1968)

Mel Brooks' directorial debut occurred in 1968. It was his gift to the world. And, you might ask, what was his gift originally titled? Springtime for Hitler. Springtime for Hitler, re-titled The Producers (probably for...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Inuyasha: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

Inuyasha: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

Prior to the thoughts of a lot of experimental filmmakers (and, in this case, anime directors), storytelling has its universal Dos and Don'ts. Like plants need water, stories need at least some attention not to...

Movie Review posted on 15th December 2005

Bats

Bats

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I don't shut up often. But, when the lights go down, my mouth clamps shut... Unless its a complete Z-grade movie like Bats.Bats is one of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

What Happened Was...

What Happened Was...

The first date is not a coming of age ritual. It is not a step in a relationship. It is not a beginning. It is a period of immense awkwardness and trepidation...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Cookout

The Cookout

About five minutes into The Cookout, a pair of reporters quizzes first-round NBA pick Todd Anderson (Quran Pender) on how it was like to come up from the ghetto. Anderson tells the reporters that he's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

RoboCop 3

RoboCop 3

As a franchise, there are several signs that you should stop making the movies, and top on the list of signs that the horse is dead is this: Nobody but the bit players who can't...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Searching For Bobby Fischer

Searching For Bobby Fischer

They should really let writers direct more often. Sure, they aren't trained for it all the time, but it has a good track record. Take David Keopp (writer of the infamous The Lost...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

1999 Madeleine

1999 Madeleine

Snip-snip, Short Cuts. Magnolia, make room. The Decalogue, find a different audience. You guys have company. This company: a 10-year, 10-film series following 10 intersecting French men and women. The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The War Zone

The War Zone

Incest. Treachery. Betrayal. Videotape.No, I'm not talking about the new version of Hamlet. I'm talking about The War Zone, a 21st century Kitchen Sink drama helmed by Brit actor-who-should-stay-an-actor Tim Roth.Tim Roth,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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