Author: Jeremiah Kipp

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

There are times when I get completely fed up with the arrogance of human beings, forever in their hurry to make money and be a-number one. Petty tyrants in offices preside over minute typographic...

Movie Review posted on 17th May 2008

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1987)

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1987)

There are times when I get completely fed up with the arrogance of human beings, forever in their hurry to make money and be a-number one. Petty tyrants in offices preside over minute typographic...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2008

Rough Air: Danger On Flight 534

Rough Air: Danger On Flight 534

There's a guilty pleasure in some of those dodgy made-for-video releases, which is not to say they're good or well crafted. We've come to expect the worst from once-great actor Eric Roberts, but I've...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

Left Behind: The Movie

Left Behind: The Movie

Based on the best-selling novel, Left Behind is the latest in an assembly line of Evangelical thrillers from Cloud Ten Pictures. Considering the success of The Omega Code, there's a surprisingly large audience of...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2007

Gloomy Sunday - Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod

Gloomy Sunday - Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod

This melodrama is set against the backdrop of World War II, the invasion of Budapest, and the Holocaust. Amazing how much heft love triangles gain when set against the backdrop of global crises. Gloomy Sunday...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's L'Avventura were the dawn of the Italian New Wave in 1960, movies about the decadence, glamour and emptiness of middle class life. Placed side by side, they're a portrayal...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

"It's about the facelessness of war!" exclaimed a colleague. "The compositions are stunning, with action going on in the foreground and background. It's a dynamic and apocalyptic visual experience!" This, to me,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Cherry Falls

Cherry Falls

By now, the audience for slasher films is perfectly attuned to the rhythms of Scream and its spawn of imitators, each more formulaic than the next. Attractive teenagers flirt with one another, meander around...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Five Senses

The Five Senses

Not to be confused with that Bruce Willis ghost story, The Five Senses is more along the lines of Kieslowski Lite. The lives of five Canadians are connected by the sensations of touch, taste,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Roost

The Roost

The great thing about early John Carpenter films is their purposeful, deliberate intention of setting up and paying off genuinely scary moments. Ti West's The Roost embraces that spirit, eschewing extensive character and plot development...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

The Wicker Man (1973)

The Wicker Man (1973)

It's difficult to shake the disquieting climax of The Wicker Man, where pious Police Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward) of the West Highland Police is confronted by the secrets kept within the isolated Scottish island of...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies

At two and a half hours, Werckmeister Harmonies is an eye-blink in comparison to director Béla Tarr's seven-hour-plus epic Sátántangó (which was acclaimed by Susan Sontag as the future of cinema and ripped off by...

Movie Review posted on 15th March 2006

The Land of College Prophets

The Land of College Prophets

Made on a micro-budget, The Land of College Prophets is about an ancient underground guild of costumed, super-hero style fighters who co-exist on campus. It's a fight club with a healthy dose of liberal arts...

Movie Review posted on 22nd December 2005

The Land of College Prophets

The Land of College Prophets

Made on a micro-budget, The Land of College Prophets is about an ancient underground guild of costumed, super-hero style fighters who co-exist on campus. It's a fight club with a healthy dose of liberal arts...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

God, I love Charlton Heston movies. He can always be relied on to give an, er, square-jawed performance. He's appropriately square-jawed here, with a pencil-thin moustache and a swaggering demeanor. Yes, sir....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

This is Not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis

This is Not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis

"My problem was being a young man with money in Manhattan," says Bret Easton Ellis, citing his inspiration for American Psycho. When it comes to vivid fantasies of alienated urban narcissism, his prose strikes...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Diamond Men

Diamond Men

Last year, Ned Beatty was given tribute by writer-director Tom Gilroy in Spring Forward, inhabiting a beautifully written role as a weathered park ranger. Another true actor's actor, Robert Forster, is given his full...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Omega Man

The Omega Man

There's an entire subgenre of science fiction flicks from the '70s which feature Charlton Heston in a futuristic setting. Nowadays, these films work mostly as camp or kitsch (with the possible exception of Planet of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Turn It Up

Turn It Up

How would you like to be elected king for a day? The enormously talented Ice Cube paved the way for chart-topping rap stars to become media moguls, running his own music and film production...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball

Strangeways, here we come: Marc Forster represents jungle fever in some mighty odd ways throughout Monster's Ball. Racist Georgia slammer prison guard Billy Bob Thornton frequents his favorite late-night diner after days spent monitoring...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fire On The Amazon

Fire On The Amazon

For years, Roger Corman waited to release this title to the world of drooling teenagers who frequent those free porn sites. There's certainly a fervid audience out there who are just mad about the very...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Price of Glory

Price of Glory

Father knows best. Ex-boxer Arturo Ortega (Jimmy Smits, Bless the Child) has placed his three sons on the assembly line for success, manufacturing them into perfect fighting champions. With his high intensity training,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Intimacy

Intimacy

The uncompromising nudity bared throughout Petrice Chereau's Intimacy has already garnered much notoriety, but it's in the naked faces of fearless actors Mark Rylance (Angels & Insects) and Kerry Fox (Welcome To Sarajevo) that the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

First Blood

First Blood

Before single-handedly taking on the Vietnamese army in a handful of dreadful sequels, John Rambo was a tormented Green Beret who only wanted a little something to eat. First Blood, which introduced Rambo to an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Animal Factory

Animal Factory

Dear Ma,After seeing Steve Buscemi's sophomore directorial effort, Animal Factory (following 1996's Trees Lounge), I nearly reconsidered choosing film criticism as a career path. For the first hour of this film, it seemed the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

The family, friends and lovers all rush to make it to the train. We're thrown into a whirlwind of over a dozen characters all clamoring to get on board, and we soon learn that they...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Uzumaki

Uzumaki

Originally conceived as a manga graphic novel by Junji Ito, the new Japanese horror film Uzumaki doesn't survive the cinematic translation. Those expecting another meta-thriller like Hideo Nakata's popular Ring series and Kiyoski Kurosawa's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Batman & Robin

Batman & Robin

This fourth episode in the Batman series isn't a movie so much as a theme park. It wasn't scripted so much as run through the Hollywood script mill, where every line of dialogue is reduced...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Attila

Attila

It's been rumored in some history books that Attila the Hun died of an exploding blood clot while in the throes of sexual ecstasy -- what a way to go, huh?Unfortunately, that's a scene you...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Akira

Akira

"TETSUOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!""KEIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!"Neo-Tokyo is about to explode. Adapted from the mega-popular biweekly Japanese comic strip, Katsuhiro Otomoto's Akira pares down the epic graphic novel into two hours of purely visceral animated carnage. What lacks in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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