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Blue Streak

Blue Streak

Typecasting. Definition, when writers pigeonhole you into one role, assuming you can do nothing more than that. However, typecasting is not just a product of the writers. It is not just a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crazy People

Crazy People

Ah, the curse of an unorthodox sleep schedule. Yet again I find myself watching movies I barely remember being advertised at times of night (or, in this case, morning) that are highly strange....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sphere

Sphere

Sphere is one of those movies I hate to review more than I hate to watch. On one hand, you have the numerous good aspects of the film (top notch cast, etc.). On...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Once Upon a Time in China

Once Upon a Time in China

The West has Billy the Kid and the East has Wong Fei-hung... and if ever the twain shall meet I will lose all faith in humanity and moviemaking. [Check out Shanghai Noon. -Ed.]...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Serial Mom

Serial Mom

In famous words: they don't make em like they used to.When they used to make serial killer movies, the serial killers were guys. When they used to make serial killer movies, the serial killers...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

I first watched Citizen Kane in 1997. For me 1997 was the year I actually buckled down and decided that I wanted to be a critic, and that I had better take this job...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Hi-Line

The Hi-Line

Everyone wants to be a director. Actors, producers, writers, actresses, sometimes even critics. But sound mixers? Shoot me if I see a film written and directed by The Dust Brothers.Yet I have...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

Cigarettes.The title: Angela's Ashes refers to cigarettes and not cremation. If someone had told me this before I had entered the film, I might have enjoyed it more than I did. Then again,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Down To You

Down To You

Down to You was a case of adding insult to injury.The injury was having to see this film at all. I would rather suffer whiplash in a VW bug than sit through this film...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young

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 1st November 2005

A Low Down Dirty Shame

A Low Down Dirty Shame

Question of the day: why is there such an appeal to brainlessness?One hypothesis, that we spend our working hours thinking and want to relax and thus not think in latter hours appears to hold water...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

The year is 2080 and not a damn thing has changed - wannabes still roam the universe looking for a gig, clubs still try to make a small budget look like a big one, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Alvarez And Cruz

Alvarez And Cruz

Since this is making the fest circuit right now and already getting a very nice audience and critical response, it's likely that Alvarez and Cruz will be coming to a theatre near you some father's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

While Keeping the Faith cracks enough Rabbi jokes to keep the masses happy, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg actually has something to offer to the cinematic world. Blending fan interviews with archival...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Autumn Blossoms

Autumn Blossoms

Petals and sex are just starting to go together in movies. In American Beauty, Mena Suvari's roses made sure we knew how great everything was underneath them. In Autumn Blossoms, the flower is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate

It's been ages since I've seen this film. I watched it on video when it first came out, circa 1992 and barely remembered all of it. I remembered the little kid getting hit...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

Most days I would love to be in the shoes of people in Hollywood. Much as participating in the play is every secret playwright's dream, and painting the picture is every secret photographer's dream, being...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rugrats Go Wild!

Rugrats Go Wild!

You would have figured that with a show and movie series as delightfully cynical as Rugrats would have had the foresight to see that naming a movie with "Go Wild" in the title is just...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pi

Pi

"Personal Note: When I was a kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun, so when I was six, I did. The doctor's didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

East Is East

East Is East

East is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet... or at least that is the saying. In East is East, the twain have met and married in 1946. The East,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time

Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time

All fear the perils of translated pop.Anime may be cool. It may be occasionally pensive and truly artistic. It may be visually mind blowing and every other trite cliché used to describe the indefinable it...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Acid House

The Acid House

The late '90s should be cinematically remembered as the years of the new wave drug movie. In the late '80s and the early '90s, the drug movie was nothing more than a simple comic...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Nights of Cabiria

Nights of Cabiria

Fellini. For some reason we in film perform a sort of idolatry at the altar of all of the films he made. Ironically, this seems to be just what Fellini would have wanted...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish

Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish

Ah, what a funny little town LA is. Everyone wants to be a movie star, celebrities and freaks walk the street side by side -- and sometimes even occupy the same point in space....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

John Carpenter's Vampires

John Carpenter's Vampires

I'm a child of the 80s. I like my horror movies, and I like them cheesy. They're not scary to me, they're excuses to get a little closer with my girlfriend, they're ways...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Amadeus

Amadeus

He was the first. All right, he wasn't the first. But he was the first to make such a fuss about it. Mozart was the first of all writers to be completely arrogant......

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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