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The Amityville Horror (2005)

The Amityville Horror (2005)

Don't let the blaring "based on a true story" PR fool you - the newest incarnation of The Amityville Horror is more fake than the creepy realtor's smile. This Amityville Horror out-fakes the first film...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Extreme Ops

Extreme Ops

You know how somehow, God knows why, every movie is somebody's favorite movie. It could be the worst movie in the world, full of bad jokes, a cheesy script, and unexciting action, and you'll...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Player

The Player

From the master of independent cinema, Robert Altman, comes the blackest of satires, The Player. Postmodern, intelligent, suspenseful, funny, brilliant. All of these very useful adjectives apply to this film. There is no way around...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God

It's late. It's dark. The only light falling on your face is comes from a cinema screen in front of you. The image is that of jungle. You almost nod off....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My Boss's Daughter

My Boss's Daughter

There are many mysteries to be solved in this world. Who really killed JFK? How the hell do you mix up "Al Gore" and "George Bush" on a ballot? In what world does a man...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

13 Ghosts

13 Ghosts

I swear Joel Silver and the boys at Dark Castle just keep making the same damn film in a nicer looking house. I can picture the gray-bearded man right now, sitting behind a desk...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cnn Millennium 2000

Cnn Millennium 2000

What better way to tell our kids and grandkids what Y2K was like when we are all old and gray and have the sexual potency of Bob Dole off of Viagra then with a format...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

I'll admit to it - I watch the series. Occasionally, I'm tuned to Pittsburgh's WB 31 and it just happens to be Tuesdays and I decide: OK, tonight I'm going to watch cheap horror and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker

Try as we will to forget, we all remember middle school. We all remember how much our own life felt like it resembled Welcome to the Dollhouse. We remember the insults. We...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Freedom Song

Freedom Song

Long and annoying have been the boasts of TNT of its status as "the best movie studio on television." With that celebrity narrator whose voice you know by heart and whose name always escapes...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Love and Basketball

Love and Basketball

Of all of the projects for Spike Lee to attach his name onto, Love and Basketball may go down as one of the most idiotic. Lee produced this Hoop Dreams meets Romeo and Juliet...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Mod Squad

The Mod Squad

As anyone who has read my last two reviews: short films that studios and people alike have never heard of and are available for free download via the internet, you can probably guess that I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bobby G. Can't Swim

Bobby G. Can't Swim

Having just watched probably the worst single-man-show I had ever seen (Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi), I walked into the theatre for Bobby G. Can't Swim with the same queasy trepidation of Jodie Foster sitting in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm

There's a moment in Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm that I became sure that I was dealing with a mockumentary. Larry is in the offices at HBO and, over Larry's shoulder, there was a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

I've been putting off this review for a long time. I saw it at Waterworks Cinemas in Pittsburgh about three weeks ago and haven't gotten around to reviewing it until now: three days after it...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip

The wise man once said "You can't run through the gauntlet of PACs without getting somebody on their high horse." Political Action Committees -- groups that watch Hollywood second only to watching Washington --...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Dog Of Flanders

A Dog Of Flanders

One of my standard pieces of advice for parents searching for movies that both they and their kids can enjoy is to seek out live-action animal films in which the pets do not talk....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Whole Nine Yards

The Whole Nine Yards

Let the record state that I expected the worst from The Whole Nine Yards. February release date, the girl from Species (all right, so that was the good part), Bruce Willis (again) attempting comedy....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fat Man And Little Boy

Fat Man And Little Boy

The trouble with true stories is a subject I like to tackle. I really hit it hard with Patch Adams, which was idiotic enough to use "based on a true story" as its tag...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Monster

The Monster

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 1st November 2005

The Straight Story

The Straight Story

With opening shots of a setting sun and a quaint small town, followed by a sequence involving a man being injured, very slow dialogue, and a woman being unbelievably stupid, and an Angelo Badalmenti rustic...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

A short time ago in a valley far, far away, a timeless tale was modernized. A royal ball was turned into the Halloween homecoming dance, the evil stepmother was turned into Stifler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge),...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Highlander: Endgame

Highlander: Endgame

He is Duncan MacLeod of the clan MacLeod. He's been pimpin' it since he was born in the village of Glennfillan in 15somethingsomething, and he continues to pimp it in modern day. He...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Chef!

Chef!

It is bad enough when you have a ninety-minute film that feels like two hours, but when you have a 61-minute film that feels like two hours, you know you're in trouble. Such is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hanging Up

Hanging Up

There's just something really screwy about a family like the Ephrons.A pair of sisters (Nora and Delia) collectively control the purse strings of many a woman and hold they keys to the heart of the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Supernova

Supernova

When near objects of immense gravity such as black holes, it is said that all things bend. Perhaps it is only fitting that a movie such as Supernova, which poses as sci-fi / mystery...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

Get ready from Romance... British style.The Victorians were well known for keeping a stiff upper lip about everything, and their romance was absolutely no exception. Their entire world was constructed around subtlety, and, in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

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 1st November 2005

Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch

Quick, off the top of your head, tell me all you know about this movie.If you recalled fondly the line that Nelson said in an episode of The Simpsons after Bart uses a fake ID...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Joe Gould's Secret

Joe Gould's Secret

When Mel Brooks played the Louis XVI in The History of the World, Part I, he often commented, "It's good to be the King." Joe Gould, a voluntarily homeless man, thinks that it's good...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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