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Léon (The Professional)

Léon (The Professional)

It's ironic that the best films in cinema history are invariably the original director's cut of the film. Films such as Aliens, The Abyss, The Wild Bunch, Blade Runner, and Terminator 2 are all...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles

Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles

It's hard to watch your favorite childhood movie characters grow up and try to capitalize on the same, tired dog and pony show. Alas, Hollywood has turned the recycler on full steam, sending Aussie...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Robert Rodriguez is slowly losing his luster as a unique filmmaker. Since his ultra-low-budget El Mariachi became one of indie film's biggest successes, Rodriguez has created some masterful works such as Desperado and From...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shanghai Noon

Shanghai Noon

The American movie studios are bastards when it comes to taking highly talented Asian directors and actors and pushing them into the American consciousness, invariably stereotyping and watering down the raw talent and energy of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Filth and the Fury

The Filth and the Fury

Good documentaries aren't hard to find. Great documentaries are few and far between the cracks of cinematic achievements.The new documentary The Filth and the Fury ranks as one of the great ones. It...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

OK... the Earth has been blown up, all human and ape races have been extinguished (including all original characters of the first and second productions), and the thought of another Apes sequel is about as...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

I love Japanese anime on the big screen. The gorgeous colors, the daunting cel animation detailing the smallest blades of grass, the complex storylines and character designs, and the thundering soundtrack. And the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Town & Country

Town & Country

Past-their-prime actors don't die -- they pick up studio paychecks for hack projects like Town & Country. This drama/comedy/message-movie overflows with wannabe heartfelt sentiment like a three-day old colostomy bag.Long mired in rewrites, delays,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Ending - a trite, ugly, and self-indulgent tangent into the complex neurosis of one of American's greatest film directors - stands as Woody Allen's biggest failure in a decade.Allen plays Val Waxman, a two-dimensional,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Better Living Through Circuitry

Better Living Through Circuitry

Everywhere you turn these days, the techo-rave revolution is erupting. Feature articles in major magazines focusing on sound artists such as Moby, Crystal Method, and Goldie. Countless commercials fueled by throbbing electronic beats....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Orange County

Orange County

Forget She's All That and its brethren. Back in the 1980s, the maestro of teen films -- John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles) -- taught us to produce films in the finicky teen-comedy genre....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Green Dragon

Green Dragon

The Vietnam War is a time and place most people have chosen either to forget or to ignore as a culturally significant event in American history. Following the days and weeks after the fall...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance of Being Earnest is a sharp, humorous look at the duality of romance and the fear of commitment, served up on a delicate and witty plate in this summer season of comic book...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My Wife Is an Actress

My Wife Is an Actress

Is it weird when reality and fictional cinema intersect? For example: Kidman and Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Basinger and Baldwin in The Getaway, or The Blair Witch Project. Those movies are nothing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cecil B. Demented

Cecil B. Demented

Hollywood is a pimp. A fat, cigar-smoking chump wearing a fur hat and 12 gold chains around its fat, hairy chest. All of its stars and starlets are an evil brood of scum-sucking...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Tim Burton has now completed his evolution from the brilliant director of macabre stories about outcast individuals yearning for acceptance, and into a studio monkey whose name is used as part of multi-tiered marketing materials...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Heist

Heist

David Mamet is a good director. Mamet's an even better screenwriter and playwright. The guy's authored some of the best film and theatre works in the past decade -- The Verdict, House of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

The best thing about being a critic is getting to see unreleased films weeks and sometimes months before the general audience does. The toughest thing about being a critic is being subjected to the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Don't Say A Word

Don't Say A Word

Surrounded by hype, high hopes, and the promise of an over-the-top performance by Clueless's Brittany Murphy, Don't Say a Word looked full of promise. Hell, when I hear that "I'll never tell" whisper on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Swordfish

Swordfish

About 30 minutes into Swordfish, the latest uber-action vehicle from Joel Silver, Hugh Jackman's character asks Halle Berry's character, "What the hell am I doing here? How did you guys talk me into this?"...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Human Traffic

Human Traffic

Any movie about the underground music scene is a difficult beast to master. Any meaning found in the underground is usually lost by the dumbing-down of the experience to make it "more accessible" to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

There are two things the American film industry should avoid at all costs. One is letting an ambitious actor convert one of his or her favorite novels into a feature film. Two is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Like Mike

Like Mike

A cardboard Cinderella story, involving a pair of magic basketball sneakers and the hopes and dreams of an orphaned black youth, the script for Like Mike is about as challenging as getting tickets for a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kiss of the Dragon

Kiss of the Dragon

Wham, bam, thank you ma'am! Jet Li has finally returned to prime ass-kicking form in his latest kung fu extravaganza Kiss of the Dragon.Jet Li -- one of the most popular stars in Asia...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux

Forget The Godfather. The sheer brilliance of Francis Ford Coppola lies in the images and words of his real masterpiece, Apocalypse Now. Twenty-two years ago, Coppola ventured into the jungles of the Philippines...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tribute

Tribute

Tribute bands, in general, creep me out more than Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest. Even though I am a big fan of bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, The Beatles, and countless others --...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ultimate X

Ultimate X

At times, documentaries walk a fine line between history and commercialism. ESPN's testosterone-filled IMAX film Ultimate X jumps over that line with its exposé of the Super Bowl of extreme sports - the X...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hit and Runway

Hit and Runway

Attention all screenwriters! I have discovered the perfect masturbation material for all you wannabe Joe Eszterhases and Michael Crichtons in the world: Write a script about two guys writing a script. Make sure...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Recess: School's Out

Recess: School's Out

The transition from a half-hour Saturday morning cartoon into a full-length feature film is always a tough sell. It hardly ever works because the attention span of the average child has been reduced to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes

This fourth entry into the Apes series is by far the darkest and most violent entry in the series. The good-natured tone of the previous Apes movies is replaced by this ugly tale of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

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Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

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