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Black And White (1999)

Black And White (1999)

A very unique and brutal subculture exists in America these days. It's a strange juxtaposition of harsh street life and uber-materialistic greed tempered with a sense of justifiability from a code of unwritten ethics....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds

To watch a Steven Seagal film, one must fully suspend all disbelief. And to fully enjoy the audacity of Seagal, one must ignore all of the consequences associated with the following: Starting fistfights with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Double Take

Double Take

New year, new pile of movies straight from the Hollywood dumping ground of badly test-screened, obscure, unfunny, and badly acted garbage. Double Take is the first pony out of the gate. I don't...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Traffic

Traffic

How do you fight a war when the people that you love are the enemy? When the conflict is in your own neighborhood, or your own house? Such is the dilemma in the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Art of War

The Art of War

Wesley Snipes is a master of selecting bad action roles. Murder at 1600, U.S. Marshals, Money Train, Drop Zone, Boiling Point, and the ultimate camp film - Passenger 57. The Art of War...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

E-Dreams

E-Dreams

All great things come to an end, and the dot-com era embodies that perfectly. Beneath a mound of bankruptcy paperwork lies the remains of a former dot-com darling, the company Kozmo.com, an online convenience...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ready to Rumble

Ready to Rumble

Wrestling - for all of its flash pots, Solid Gold dancers, and large, scantily clad, sweaty men - is the 21st century version of Ringing Bros., Barnum and Bailey's traveling tent show. When I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Brotherhood of the Wolf

The Brotherhood of the Wolf

Brutal. Ugly. Predictable. Boring. Stereotypical. Comical. Violent. Lethargic. Seven words to describe the hellish cinema experience of The Brotherhood of the Wolf. Alas, I forgot two more epitaphs: disappointing and plagiaristic.The Brotherhood of the Wolf...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Bait

Bait

The American fascination with personal surveillance and voyeurism has reached a new and strange level. TV shows such as Survivor, Big Brother - and movies such as Enemy of the State and The Blair...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Titus

Titus

Titus Andronicus: One mean bastard.Okay... I'm kinda lost. Who the hell is Titus Andronicus, you may ask? Well, Titus A. was the first play by Bill Shakespeare, about the usual themes of the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Martin Lawrence is not funny. For the proof just turn to his newest film, What's The Worst That Could Happen? -- the answer to its own question if ever there has been one.I don't...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

A film like Behind Enemy Lines reminds you of how the movies can so easily be used for government propaganda during times of crisis. During WWII, local cinemas were littered with the likes of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Forsaken

The Forsaken

Reworking an old genre is one evil beast of burden. It takes a skilled scriptwriter and a clever director to make a tired genre plausible once again. Alas, both the writer and the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Get Carter (2000)

Get Carter (2000)

Forget Get Carter. Instead... get me a cup of coffee.What the hell has happened to all good American action movies? Did I unknowingly miss a meeting somewhere? When did all of the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Kid (2000)

The Kid (2000)

Remorse is a dangerous thing in the mind of a man. It can hold a person down, quell his dreams, suffocate innocence, and convert people into intolerable beasts. People often think that if...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Igby Goes Down

Igby Goes Down

2002 is the year of Kieran Culkin. After a rock-star performance in the one great film this year that everyone missed -- The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys -- Kieran Culkin delivers another knockout...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Feardotcom

Feardotcom

After the first hour of the celluloid atrocity so cleverly named FearDotCom, I awoke from a dreadful nightmare: a nightmare chock full of bad acting, goofy makeup, a ridiculous story, and blatant plot thievery from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hart's War

Hart's War

I must admit I had preconceived notions regarding Hart's War. I was expecting to see a blood-and-guts WWII P.O.W. flick with Bruce Willis kicking Nazi butt, just like Audie Murphy. Instead, I was...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Men of Honor

Men of Honor

Diving movies rule!I just can't seem to get enough of the thrill of the being submerged in hundreds of feet of water with the ever-present threat of drowning all around me. You know, that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Salton Sea

The Salton Sea

The imagery of The Salton Sea surpasses standard noir. It's a tale of a desolate man lost in an abyss of emotional turmoil, desperately seeking redemption and revenge against unknown assailants. The film's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kissing Jessica Stein

Kissing Jessica Stein

Filled with situational comedic anecdotes revolving around the currently popular quandary of same-sex romances (a la Jeffrey, Trick, and Go Fish), Kissing Jessica Stein is a trite and conventional 90 minutes of fluff imbued with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Joe Somebody

Joe Somebody

The premise for Joe Somebody could fit on the back of a Cuban postcard. But here's the long version: Allen plays Joe Scheffer -- a poster boy for cubical bleakness -- who works...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

The Rock: One name symbolizes everything that can be defined as the stereotypical American male. Why? He's a gruff, tough-as-nails, merciless, and sexually magnetic savior of the free world. And he's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Company Man

Company Man

I have to admit something before I write this review. I am a die-hard conspiracy nut who loves the outrageous claims of betrayals and back-stabbing that the CIA and other governmental agencies have been...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fulltime Killer

Fulltime Killer

Captured in dizzying dolly shots and featuring massive body counts, bodily fluids a-spraying, enormous guns, and super-slick action sequences, Johnny To's latest gonzo hitmen epic Fulltime Killer is a real thrill.To and his partner Ka-Fai...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Romeo Must Die

Romeo Must Die

Romeo Must Die is a jetliner of a film headed straight for black ice. Namely, it subsists on ridiculous action sequences meshed together by predictable plot points and truly horrible acting. Fueled by...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels

The spy game is up. You can thank Charlie's Angels -- the movie -- for that.When did banality and pandering become okay? Just steal from Hong Kong, The Matrix, and a kitschy TV...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dr. Dolittle 2

Dr. Dolittle 2

Sequels just never measure up to their predecessors. Every now and then it happens -- a la Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Rescuers Down Under --...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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