Author: Robert Strohmeyer

Save the Last Dance

Save the Last Dance

It is a strange coincidence that, as I rode in a taxi to the screening of Save the Last Dance, Irene Cara's "What a Feeling" played on the radio. I could imagine no more...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

One (2005)

One (2005)

Some say God is love. To others, religion is poison. But no thinking person manages to get through life without eventually grappling with the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. (The answer, by...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Bloodrayne

Bloodrayne

German director Uwe Boll is making a name for himself as a schlockster, methodically working his way through a long list of video game adaptations for the silver screen, to painfully bad effect. Now, hot...

Movie Review posted on 17th January 2006

One (1998)

One (1998)

The story of two friends drifting apart in a world of increasingly conflicting interests, One is the directorial debut of former fashion photographer's assistant and college ballplayer Tony Barbieri.Meet Nick Razca (Kane Picoy), a twenty-something...

Movie Review posted on 6th January 2006

Wild Life

Wild Life

Some people will do anything for love or money. But when ex-boxer Sakai Hiroki's boss disappears at the hands of yakuza thugs, it's nigh impossible to tell what his motives are. For that matter, it's...

Movie Review posted on 31st December 2005

One (2005)

One (2005)

Some say God is love. To others, religion is poison. But no thinking person manages to get through life without eventually grappling with the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. (The answer, by...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

Monkeybone

Monkeybone

Despite Fox's attempts to market this film on the coattails of director Henry Selick's success with Tim Burton vehicle The Nightmare Before Christmas, be thou not fooled. Monkeybone bears none of the charm or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Robots

Robots

The 1995 release of Pixar's Toy Story forever altered the world of animated cinema. In an instant, decades of Disney-dominated traditional cartoons vanished in a pixilated puff of fairy dust and a new era of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lucky Numbers

Lucky Numbers

The tagline for this movie reads, "When they put their heads together... it's a no-brainer." I'd say that about sums it up, but I feel obliged to add that this witticism might aptly be...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Chunhyang

Chunhyang

Due in part to a dense shroud of regulatory policy, the Korean film industry finds few viewers in the West. One of a mere handful of directors to break through this barrier in recent...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Alien Tracker

Alien Tracker

There are made-for-TV movies, and then there are adapted-for-cinema TV shows. And while it would be cruel to force any person into such a situation, if I were to drop you on a dessert island...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Another Lonely Hitman

Another Lonely Hitman

It ain't easy being a killer. Between the late nights, the wacked-out whores, and the constant pressure from unreasonable bosses, it's enough to drive a guy to drugs. Fortunately, 10 years in the slammer eliminates...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lemon Sky

Lemon Sky

You can't choose your family. And even if you could, chances are all the good ones would already be taken. So, as young Alan (Kevin Bacon) learns in this film presentation of Lanford Wilson's play,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Not Love Just Frenzy

Not Love Just Frenzy

Apparently there comes a time in an urban twenty-something's life when the mere sight of men dressed up in drag, singing in campy falsettos, is enough to strike up the rebel spirit. If it's that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

East/west

East/west

Academy Award-winning director Régis Wargnier (Indochine, A French Woman, Lumiere and Company) returns to the Oscar-caliber arena with this multilingual period drama about a family lured back to Stalinist Russia under a false promise of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bullet Ballet

Bullet Ballet

Life is funny sometimes. Like when your girlfriend kills herself and, in spite of your overwhelming desire for revenge, you end up allying yourself with the thugs who drove her to it. But this is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party

Not since Rocky Horror has the film world produced such a vibrant farce of teen angst, violence, and sexual deviance. And here comes Rocky's comeuppance, as off-Broadway cult icon Charles Busch has scripted a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes

I sat down to write this review with a gleeful sparkle in my eye, anticipating the bitter contempt I would quickly unleash on the entire cast and crew of Whatever It Takes, citing an array...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Time Bandits

Time Bandits

History belongs to the victors, and Terry Gilliam takes his rightful ownership of Western history in this timeless romp through the ages. Writer and director of some of Monty Python's most enduring and foolish productions,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Woman on Top

Woman on Top

Once in a very great while a motion picture comes along to captivate the minds and spirits of audiences everywhere, magically suspending disbelief in all who witness it. And, though it tries earnestly, Woman on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Salaryman Kintaro Part 1

Salaryman Kintaro Part 1

It ain't easy being a salaryman. In fact, apart from the plain suits and long days of desk-jockeying, it pretty much blows. Bosses are jerks, the office is full of back-biting sharks, and chicks just...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Easy Rider

Easy Rider

Some films captivate the zeitgeist of the American imagination so completely that they become instant cult favorites. But few such films prove potent enough to retain the favor of audiences in perpetuity. So the fact...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mambo Italiano

Mambo Italiano

The only thing worse than being simultaneously gay and Italian, it seems, is... well... apparently nothing is worse than being both gay and Italian. Across this thin thread, the story of Mambo Italiano is strung....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Legend of Bagger Vance

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Robert Redford's singular devotion to American mythology continues in The Legend of Bagger Vance, the story of a golfer who's lost his swing and the caddy who brings it back to him. "Inside each...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cyberworld

Cyberworld

The critique of an IMAX film defies many of the standards against which traditional films are judged, if only because no IMAX picture to date has attempted anything like real storytelling (aside from maybe Wings...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks

After 40 continuous years of off-Broadway performances, the musical sensation of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt comes inexplicably to the big screen. That's right, folks. All the dancing, singing, and mindbogglingly stupid antics of off-Broadway's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Someone Like You

Someone Like You

Based on the Laura Zigman novel, Animal Husbandry, Someone Like You is a romantic comedy about a late night TV talent coordinator named Jane (Ashley Judd), whose luck in love is predictably bad. So...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

One

One

The story of two friends drifting apart in a world of increasingly conflicting interests, One is the directorial debut of former fashion photographer's assistant and college ballplayer Tony Barbieri.Meet Nick Razca (Kane Picoy), a twenty-something...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Darkness

Darkness

I love road trips. Not because I'm especially fond of sitting in my car for days at a time, but because with each passing mile a promise is fulfilled. Every hour behind the wheel draws...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

National Treasure

National Treasure

If there's one thing every good paranoiac knows, it's that the Freemasons founded America. But what nobody seems to know for sure is the reason they went to all that trouble. At last, director Jon...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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