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Delicatessen

Delicatessen

Before Jean-Pierre Jeunet became the critics' darling with this whimsical romance Amelie, he was known to geek film aficionados the world over for crafting one of the early '90s most audacious and thrilling cult sleepers,...

Movie Review posted on 13th April 2006

Slither

Slither

The word itself, lolling off the tongue as it does, conjures up images of those slick, slimy denizens of swamps, sewers and sloughs. And writer/director James Gunn (2004's Dawn of the Dead) couldn't have picked...

Movie Review posted on 2nd April 2006

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

The Hills Have Eyes is a truly American horror film. Like Manifest Destiny gone horribly awry, the film reflects our obsession with the danger of the West: Its forbidden, desolate landscapes, the rugged masochism it...

Movie Review posted on 12th March 2006

Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet

The look is called super-saturation or over-saturation. It's when the colors are all bled out, or excessively sharpened, and it's normally done to connote flashbacks or sentimentality. In Kurt Wimmer's Ultraviolet it is everything, every...

Movie Review posted on 4th March 2006

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Peter Watkins has made a name for himself as one of the world's most politically charged and liberally minded filmmakers. His early cinematic assaults, Punishment Park and The Gladiators, are de rigueur viewing for young...

Movie Review posted on 25th February 2006

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Today's kids may find this hard to believe, but Disney used to pride itself on making heartfelt and heartwarming, nee family style, films. Most people under 20 only know Disney as the place where they...

Movie Review posted on 25th February 2006

Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder

When John Badham's Blue Thunder came out I was just a kid, but the film made quite an impression on me. I didn't actually see it. And I suspect that most of the kids who...

Movie Review posted on 10th February 2006

When a Stranger Calls (2006)

When a Stranger Calls (2006)

"The call is coming from inside the house!!!!"It's a line that's frightening regardless of whether you know its coming or not. The quintessential urban legend, the tale of the babysitter harassed by the maniacal killer...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2006

Supercross: The Movie

Supercross: The Movie

The biggest problem with the Internet Movie Database is that whatever person reviews a film first gets his review displayed first on the site. Take a look at some of your favorite films and you're...

Movie Review posted on 4th February 2006

Massacre in Rome

Massacre in Rome

The late director George P. Cosmatos had an interesting career in Hollywood. While his films were always slick affairs, full of rich atmosphere and well directed action, they weren't critically acclaimed. Films like Rambo: First...

Movie Review posted on 4th February 2006

Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine

Technology has been the Luddite boogeyman since the dawn of time. But it's no longer fashionable to eschew all modern conveniences; the guy who can't turn on a computer has automatically thrown himself out of...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2006

Tristan & Isolde

Tristan & Isolde

Kevin Reynolds is one of Hollywood's most unjustly maligned filmmakers. I'm frequently astounded by the fact that his superior craftsmanship is not more widely recognized. Surely his attention to detail and sensual prowess is equal...

Movie Review posted on 14th January 2006

Grandma's Boy

Grandma's Boy

Grandma's Boy is incredibly stoopid. Yes, that kind, with two o's in place of a u. The kind of funny wholly dependent on the amount of chronic you've inhaled prior to screening, that kind of...

Movie Review posted on 7th January 2006

When a Stranger Calls

When a Stranger Calls

There's this urban legend chestnut about a babysitter getting menacing phone calls from an escaped lunatic or hook handed psycho or drug-addled sociopath or whatever you like. The caller tells her to "check on the...

Movie Review posted on 6th January 2006

The Count of Monte Cristo (1998)

The Count of Monte Cristo (1998)

The often filmed Count of Monte Cristo is a filmmaker's dream come true. The plot is elegant, the characters beautiful. It would take a lot to screw up a film version of the story.While Kevin...

Movie Review posted on 5th January 2006

Creep

Creep

I suppose a better title would have been Geek.This is a prime example of what is common referred to as a geek show. In the olden days, that meant that carnival goers were ushered into...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Konga

Konga

Ah, Konga. When I saw this film as an impressionable youngster -- if my memory serves correctly it was an afternoon "horror show" on a local cable channel -- I was both mildly frightened and...

Movie Review posted on 20th December 2005

Aeon Flux

Aeon Flux

Music video director Anton Corbijn's video clip for industrial dance band Front 242's "Headhunter" featured a topless woman in a surreal black outfit holding a giant egg and wandering around a desolate industrial park. It's...

Movie Review posted on 8th December 2005

Scary True Stories

Scary True Stories

Japanese horror, called now J-horror, is inseparable from the early '00s boom in supernatural horror cinema. With blockbuster remakes like The Ring and The Grudge filling the Hollywood coffers, producers have looked far and wide...

Movie Review posted on 18th November 2005

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's meteoric rise to superstardom has been attributed to many different things; one could name check Eminem or Dr. Dre or point to changing hip-hop tastes. But 50 Cent's monopoly on rap...

Movie Review posted on 14th November 2005

Saw II

Saw II

When I was living in New York, I had the misfortune of spending a better part of one night in Penn Station. Tired of wandering, I wound up in the men's room around 3:45 AM...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

Undead

Undead

Undead, a low-low budget zombie-sci-fi-splatter-comedy from Australia is the epitome of ambitious filmmaking gone horribly awry. This is a "kitchen-sink" film (that is, everything but) that outdoes Peter Jackson's equally absurd Bad Taste within the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Fog (2005)

The Fog (2005)

It should be an unwritten rule of moviegoing: if it's not reviewed in the papers (or here) by Friday you shouldn't see it. Studios know when they have critical duds on their hands. They know...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers

David Cronenberg is one of the few Western filmmakers to have carved out his own niche within a Hollywood system that is both intellectually bankrupt and box office driven. His films tirelessly span the gap...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Alex Winter, where art thou dude? At a time when even Pauley Shore can make a Weasel-free comeback, you are still wandering in the wilderness. For those who clocked out after Bill & Ted's Bogus...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Corporation

The Corporation

There was a popular bumper sticker last year that read: If you aren't completely appalled then you haven't been paying attention. It was most commonly seen on vehicles that also had a Kerry/Edwards sticker or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dot The I

Dot The I

Lips. The one thing I kept thinking about while watching Mathew Parkhill's debut comedy-cum-thriller Dot the I, was lips. The reasons were quite obvious. The stars of the film, Gael García Bernal (Bad Education) and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Suspiria

Suspiria

"Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated Academy of Freiburg. One day at 9:00 in the morning she left Kennedy Airport...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

800 Bullets

800 Bullets

There is a mythic quality to the western. It's buried in the images: a lone cowboy silhouetted against the setting sun, tumbleweeds rolling to nowhere, a Winchester spun slowly, boots kicking dust. In the 1960s,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Deep Crimson

Deep Crimson

Humanity has been attempting to explain evil since we climbed out of the sooty swamp water. From Balinese woodcarvings of gruesome crimes to modern 35mm Hollywood blockbusters about serial killers, we have a fascination with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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