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Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

To those who think the world of watching movies as a job all fun and games, remember that it is a chore as well. You are forced to sit through numerous bad movies, forced...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Creature From The Black Lagoon

Creature From The Black Lagoon

Affectionate amphibians, river cruises down the Amazon, femme fatales in one-piece bathing suits: it must be the 50s B-flick. The 50s B-flick in question is Creature from the Black Lagoon, a movie that you...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Final Destination

Final Destination

"I'm never going to die!" yells one character at a memorial for 39 fellow French-class students who died in a plane crash that, by all rights, he should have died on too. As incredibly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kundun

Kundun

Withdrawal. It has to be withdrawal. This is now Day 2 of my lovely vacation and here I am thinking about it. No CNN. No printer. No Internet. And,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

I have to say that I probably have seen the parody of this film more times than I have seen the movie itself. Somehow, through quirks of fate (namely, a WPST-NJ promotion), I got...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Disturbing Behavior

Disturbing Behavior

To be or not to be? That is the question. Or, at least, that is supposed to be the question. In the care of Disturbing Behavior, the question is rather what to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Show Me Love

Show Me Love

To get an idea of Show Me Love, take the average teen movie, subtract plot holes, add quality acting, substitute a lesbian couple, translate to Swedish and subtitle. The result: a simple movie that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Godzilla (1998)

Godzilla (1998)

The sad thing about the cast of the new Gozilla is this: you can't put a name for the part of Godzilla. In lieu of such, I state that Godzilla stars Matthew Broderick, Jean...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

All right. I withered away my youth watching The Flintstones like just about every other kid in the 80s. That doesn't mean I have to like the movie or feel the slightest pang...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spectres of the Spectrum

Spectres of the Spectrum

Questions raised and answered by watching Spectres of the Spectrum that do not go away after a week's time.1. How did the nice idea of increasing communication, of tapping the ionosphere to search for somewhat...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

An American Werewolf In London

An American Werewolf In London

In early February, I found myself at a pub in New York City. All right, so this is American and here we call pubs "bars", but, since I was with a bunch of Yorkshire...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Real Genius

Real Genius

Ah, the '80s. It was the semi-golden decade of decadence and self-importance. It was the last time when what the average Joe likes determined what the movie studios made, not the other way...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pups

Pups

We're back into the land of the old ultraviolence. The year is not 1979, its 1999. The antihero no longer listens to Beethoven's 9th, he listens to Kurt Loder on MTV. And...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sonic Outlaws

Sonic Outlaws

In 1992, the world was awaiting the next U2 album. The song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" had been in the top forty for quite some time, Casey Kasem had introduced...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Ladies Man

The Ladies Man

Ok. Where in the contract for an SNL cast-member does it stipulate that they will finance your ill-conceived film, no matter what it is? What kind of shyster agent dreamed that one up?...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

Every cliché has at least one perfect example: An "Exhibit A" that makes the hidden good side of the cliché come to light and makes the jaded tired old story new again. For the tale...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Children Of A Lesser God

Children Of A Lesser God

In my mind there are two types of metaphor movies: those that kick and those that scream. Those that scream take their metaphors and make them painfully obvious to the viewer. We can't help but...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire

Just when you thought movies couldn't get any more ridiculous, along comes a film that poses the question, "Did Dracula ever have a teddy bear?" I'm talking, of course, about The Little Vampire, a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Rugrats Movie

The Rugrats Movie

So I'm a little late in writing this review. I really don't care. Neither do Tommy or Dill or Angelica or Chucky, who have pretty much been chased out of their playpen box-office...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

When I first watched The Unbearable Lightness of Being, I was dating a poet who had read and loved the book. Not wanting to involve myself in reading the book at that point, I rented...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Poor White Trash

Poor White Trash

What is it about semi-rural America that makes it so ripe for satirizing American values? It's a longstanding tradition of mockery, from the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona to Lynch's psychotic Blue Velvet and Twin...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Whipped

Whipped

The time is the present, and the setting is New York: where everyone has game... or at least thinks they do. Brad (Brian Van Holt) thinks he's got game but is really an unabashedly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Mummy

The Mummy

Normally, when a movie is really bad, the best part of watching the film is watching the previews. When watching The Mummy, Stephen Sommers "not-quite-a-remake-but-really-is" of the 1921 version, I didn't even get that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Postman (1997)

The Postman (1997)

When picking a protagonist for a movie as massively pulp as this filmwas, a good idea is to make a character that the audience can have some connection with. In order to do this,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

The last place one would expect to find hope would be a prison. Likewise, the last movie in which one would expect to find hope is a prison movie. However, in The Shawshank...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Hurricane

The Hurricane

If anyone even dares to hum the lyrics of the Bob Dylan song, I'm going to have to kill them. All right. So this is an empty threat. I have zero way...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Price Above Rubies

A Price Above Rubies

Ok. When I reviewed Kundun, I reached the conclusion that I needed the raw thrill of ripping a movie to shreads in my bare hands. As almost an answer to my prayers, a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Well, the Rugrats are back, and, as usual, they're way too sophisticated for their audience. The Simpsons of the Nickelodeon Network has meandered its way back onto the big screen, and this time they...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Producers

The Producers

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 1st November 2005

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