Author: Jason McKiernan

Indecent Proposal

Indecent Proposal

There are great erotic film experiences and wrenching emotional film experiences. Indecent Proposal tries awkwardly to be both and ends up as neither. Perhaps, with a premise so salaciously bent on hidden desires, the filmmakers...

Movie Review posted on 9th June 2009

Spring Breakdown

Spring Breakdown

There have been a slew of successful comedies over the past few years, both in film and television. The key to their success lies not simply in the escalating level of raunch or the burgeoning...

Movie Review posted on 3rd June 2009

Arrested Development: Season Two

Arrested Development: Season Two

Season Two is when Arrested Development transcended simply being television's funniest show and became its very best. Its humor became richer and its savage cultural references became slyer and nastier. If the brilliant comedy's first...

Movie Review posted on 30th May 2009

Arrested Development: Season One

Arrested Development: Season One

Arrested Development is the defining television comedy of the decade. Its influence can be traced through several of the more popular network comedies that debuted since its sad, premature cancellation, most specifically shows like The...

Movie Review posted on 28th May 2009

Taking Chance

Taking Chance

Military reverence has long been one of the classic movie themes, to the point that it is now one of the most frequently mishandled subjects. It is difficult to make a soldier movie that avoids...

Movie Review posted on 27th May 2009

True Romance

True Romance

Pardon the unprofessional lingo, but True Romance is one of the more awesome movies of the past 20 years. It is a film about the guttural connection between the heart and soul and the blood...

Movie Review posted on 20th May 2009

Class Action

Class Action

Class Action is solid, well-made, engaging. In case you were wondering, mark that comment down as a positive review with a dash of disappointment. This movie is, very simply, a good story well-told, but it...

Movie Review posted on 20th May 2009

Deflating The Elephant

Deflating The Elephant

Deflating the Elephant is a sad disaster of a movie. In many ways, I hesitate to actually label it a "movie," except that a camera was obviously used to film people moving and speaking in...

Movie Review posted on 19th May 2009

Powder Blue

Powder Blue

Powder Blue is one of the most depressingly bad movies ever made. Every decision -- from the screenplay to the acting to the visual palette -- is a cynical calculation based on an uncomfortable amalgam...

Movie Review posted on 13th May 2009

Incendiary

Incendiary

To watch Incendiary is to be disappointed by the failure of its huge ambitions. Here is a well-made film featuring good actors and which tells an intimate story, but which tries to do too much...

Movie Review posted on 2nd May 2009

Roxanne

Roxanne

At the beginning of Roxanne, C.D. Bales (Steve Martin), sporting a black baseball cap, white Oxford shirt, and a nose as big as Pinocchio's, walks down the street in a confident strut -- for whatever...

Movie Review posted on 29th April 2009

Obsessed (2009)

Obsessed (2009)

One pretty much knows what to expect going into a movie titled Obsessed. And in this case, that title delivers on every front -- a big business hotshot is propositioned by a disturbed secretary, and...

Movie Review posted on 25th April 2009

Irreconcilable Differences

Irreconcilable Differences

Back in the "glory days" of the mid-1990s, Irreconcilable Differences was a cable television mainstay. It played at least once every week and often ran two or three times on weekends. For whatever reason I...

Movie Review posted on 23rd April 2009

Smother

Smother

It's so sad watching really talented people grasp at straws in a project that was doomed from conception. Nothing works in Smother, and nothing ever should -- it is a story that doesn't need to...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2009

The Cake Eaters

The Cake Eaters

The Cake Eaters reminds me of what an IFC Original Soap Opera might look like. All of the characters are loosely interconnected in some non-specific small-town setting, and the individual stories so deliberately exist on...

Movie Review posted on 17th April 2009

Into the Blue 2: The Reef

Into the Blue 2: The Reef

Into the Blue 2: The Reef sounds like soft-core porn, is made on the level of soft-core porn, and might have been more entertaining had it gone full tilt into soft-core porn territory. Not that...

Movie Review posted on 16th April 2009

W. The Movie

W. The Movie

W. The Movie is nearly two hours long. My life is two hours shorter because of this movie. A better use of time would have been to watch a (short) documentary on the making of...

Movie Review posted on 14th April 2009

House

House

Creaking, banging, clunking. A quiet house is often restless with memories -- joy and happiness, anger and sadness ruminate in its rooms. When you're in a strange house, you can feel the past's presence. But...

Movie Review posted on 13th April 2009

Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise is a landmark film, one that defines the cinematic terrain for female empowerment and one that effortlessly blends powerful ideas about gender with an endlessly engaging story. The film weaves a story...

Movie Review posted on 9th April 2009

Not Easily Broken

Not Easily Broken

Not Easily Broken is a Tyler Perry movie without the Tyler Perry. To be fair, Perry did contribute a half-assed pull quote that is proudly displayed on the front cover of the film's DVD case....

Movie Review posted on 8th April 2009

Baseline Killer

Baseline Killer

"I'm back, bitches and hos! Back with a vengeance!" - actual quote from Baseline KillerBaseline Killer is so bad that it's not even a movie. It more resembles some punk adolescent's deliberately lame home video...

Movie Review posted on 25th March 2009

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