Author: Max Messier

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

The song-and-dance numbers are out. The cheery sidekicks are nowhere to be seen. The predictable villains in black are nonexistent. This summer, Disney comes out with both guns blazing, literally, in its...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs

I have officially reached my quota for the year of talking animal movies. Dr. Dolittle 2 pushed me to the edge, and the animatronic animal flick Cats & Dogs has pushed right over it,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Terminator

The Terminator

I'll never forget the first time I saw James Cameron's The Terminator. I must have watched that movie at least 100 times during my youth. But during the 101st viewing, the VHS copy...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Joe Dirt

Joe Dirt

As scary as it sounds, I was actually looking forward to seeing the new David Spade comedy, Joe Dirt. My entire childhood and much of my adolescence was spent in such podunk California towns...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious

Fast cars, scantily clad women, bare-knuckle brawls, and guns, guns, guns!What more could be expected from a guilty pleasure-ridden American popcorn movie like The Fast and the Furious. Nothing of substance or intelligence is...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove

I'll be the first to admit I didn't expect much from The Emperor's New Groove: More Celine Dion-esque song-and-dance numbers, cuddly characters that become cross-promotion devices in McDonald's Happy Meals, and Hollywood stars trying to...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Shrek

Shrek

Computer animation's "WOW" factor bar has just bumped up another notch. Shrek, a fairy tale of sorts, is the raiser of that bar, giving us a tale that revolves around an ogre who makes...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Pitch Black

Pitch Black

Mama, could you leave the hall light on tonight?One thing I love to see in a film is definition of character without the need for a windy, Oscar speech or the death of a loved...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

I guess when your budget gets slashed because of a string of previous Twentieth Century Fox flops (down to $3 million this time out) and your name is Arthur P. Jacobs, you do what you...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

At least it is only 83 minutes long.I guess Arthur Jacobs and Paul Dehn decided that no one would notice that this final chapter of the sage was actually a remake of the second one,...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

102 Dalmatians

102 Dalmatians

It's always a bad sign when the core audience of a film -- children -- are either walking out early or are half-asleep when the credits roll at the end of a film. That...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

What Planet Are You From?

What Planet Are You From?

It's always a shame to see great comedic minds fall so far from the mark. Garry Shandling is a funny man. Just check out any episode of The Larry Sanders Show. He...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

Film musicals are a tough sell these days. It's either the annual Disney animation vehicle or it's Edward Norton dancing to swing music. I could probably count the last five years worth of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ichi the Killer

Ichi the Killer

Twenty minutes into Takashi Miike's latest, visceral opus Ichi the Killer, I had to stop the film in fear of going mad from the mayhem I was witnessing. A violent opera of sadism filled...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

I don't expect much from Eddie Murphy these days. For the past four years, the gods of cinema--or the expansive payrolls of studio conglomerates--have allowed him to make one bad movie after another....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spike and Mike's Classic 2001

Spike and Mike's Classic 2001

23 years old and still running strong, Spike and Mike's Classic Festival of Animation 2001 isn't showing any signs of its age. For 2001, its latest collection of short animation films -- 16 different...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis

The entire time I spent watching the latest Stephen King big-screen adaptation Hearts in Atlantis, I had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that something was missing. All the key elements...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Home Movie

Home Movie

A man's home is his castle. But what if your home was a houseboat in bayou country, a retired missile silo in Kansas, a treehouse in Hawaii, an electronic Winchester of dwelling in Illinois,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hell House

Hell House

We're all going to hell, one way or another - just like Curtis Mayfield sang in the 1970 hit song. But if you need proof, just check out the disturbing and brilliant documentary Hell...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Musketeer

The Musketeer

And now the high-flying Hong Kong style of filmmaking has made its way down to the classics, and it isn't pretty. This time out the nod to Asia goes by way of France in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Dish

The Dish

Another "quirky" Australian comedy is poised to be consumed by the ignorant American masses. The Dish (one of the most popular films in Australia!!) has been hailed as "an inspired human comedy" complete with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Words I thought I'd never write: the sequel to Urban Legend lacks the grace, wit, and power of the original.Put the gun to my head, pull the trigger, and put me out of my misery....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Treasure Island (1999)

Treasure Island (1999)

It's very refreshing, in today's overexposed and anti-climatic realm of moviemaking, that art still can exist in a medium such as film. It is very refreshing to know that there are still individuals on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The monkey movie that started it all and the only memorable picture to come out of the laughable and sometimes unbearable saga of talking ape movies, Planet of the Apes still beats with a steady...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spy Kids

Spy Kids

There are few respectable filmmakers in the world that would take on the difficult challenge of creating a children's movie. I don't mean those hack directors who just sit behind the camera and yell...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pitch Black

Pitch Black

Mama, could you leave the hall light on tonight?One thing I love to see in a film is definition of character without the need for a windy, Oscar speech or the death of a loved...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tomcats

Tomcats

The one statement used in defining a film that drives fear and loathing into my heart is invariably "an outlandish comedy." They try in vain to recycle the originality of American Pie, Porky's, Road...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is

Long ago, films were constructed of strong dialogue, original characters, memorable plot points, and solid acting. One of the best examples that Hollywood now completely ignore these qualities is found in the new film...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Murder by Numbers

Murder by Numbers

Since her "breakthrough" performance in the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle Demolition Man, I've never much liked Sandra Bullock or her selection of films. My initial reaction to the previews of Murder by Numbers was...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Undisputed

Undisputed

The last of his breed of filmmakers, Walter Hill is a prolific, old-school screenwriter/director who's worked in everything: sci-fi, westerns, musicals, noir thrillers, comedies, and action. Over the last couple decades, Hill has produced...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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