Archive for March, 2005

Chapter Zero

Chapter Zero

| March 30, 2005

In Chapter Zero, director Aaron Mendelsohn (Air Bud, A Change of Heart) takes us into the heart of darkness…a 30-year-old American man trapped in adolescence. Unfortunately it’s as annoying to experience in this film as it is in real life. We are pulled along from one dreary cliché to another, slowly giving up hope as […]

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Classic Film Noir from the American Cinematheque: The Seventh Annual Film Noir Festival

Classic Film Noir from the American Cinematheque: The Seventh Annual Film Noir Festival

| March 29, 2005

The American Cinematheque serves up the rarest of films noir during April at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Los Angeles Noir aficionados who yearn to view obscure gems not available commercially or rarely shown on television need look no further than the Seventh Annual Festival of Film Noir starting Thursday, March 31st. While the […]

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Steamboy

Steamboy

| March 27, 2005

In 1988, Katsuhiro Otomo blew me away with a film called Akira. It was the first Japanese anime film I’d ever seen, probably the first a lot of Westerners had ever seen, and remains, seventeen years later, the very best. I’ve often lamented that fact after seeing a Ghost in the Shell or a Metropolis, […]

Day of Redemption

Day of Redemption

| March 27, 2005

The cover reads: “A homicidal maniac is obsessed with revenge. A guilt-ridden lawman desperately seeking redemption. When their two worlds collide, only one will survive the deadly ‘dance with destiny.’” Here’s the story in a nutshell: Small-town Arizona sheriff Frank Everly (Jeff Fahey – Wyatt Earp, Silverado) has been listening to his wife Mary (Kristian […]

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Polymorph

Polymorph

| March 27, 2005

A group of sexed-up college kids (amongst them are director JR Bookwalter alums James L. Edwards and Ariauna Albright) are called upon by their Professor to help search deep into the forest for a fallen meteorite. Unable to locate their fallen mentor or the fallen meteor, the interns instead discover an isolated cabin with a […]

Howard Hughes: The Man and the Madness

Howard Hughes: The Man and the Madness

| March 27, 2005

“He loved machines more than people,” one of Hughes’s former friends says early on in this television-quality documentary about the reclusive millionaire. Seeing the results of his grand, miserable life, it appears that this statement as much as any gets Hughes just right. Providing interviews with agents, gossip columnists, and former aides, this documentary reconstructs […]

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Off the Map

Off the Map

| March 27, 2005

Off the Map is one of those early spring treasures of film that sneak nearly unnoticed into theaters for a few short weeks before tip-toeing back out again. Perhaps the film would have been better off premiering just a few months later, in the midst of all those big, noisy, summertime event flicks, when it […]

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Living Hell [Iki-jigoku]

Living Hell [Iki-jigoku]

| March 27, 2005

Life has been difficult for the recently crippled Yasu (Hirohito Honda from Battle Royale), he’s been bound to a wheelchair, his mother has vanished, his father and brother think he’s crazy, and his sister (Rumi from Tomie) shelters and coddles him. But, if Yasu thinks he knows what suffering is, he’s in for a rude […]

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In My Country

In My Country

| March 18, 2005

It’s an odd thing to recommend exactly half of a movie, but here I am doing it. Since In My Country left me feeling like I was flipping back and forth between a PBS special (in a good way) and an original Lifetime production (in a bad way), I’m going to give it two reviews. […]

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Girl Play

Girl Play

| March 18, 2005

Want to see what happens when to true love kicks you right in the keaster? Just watch Girl Play. Directed by acclaimed producer/director Lee Friedlander, Girl Play is the autobiographical story of actresses’ Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon. These two did, in fact, fall in love unexpectedly, acting in a play before actually writing the […]