Archive for July, 2005

The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats

| July 31, 2005

Did you ever want to be IN on the joke? It was some story or something that happened that you wish you were on the inside of and knew all the players and what was happening? In Paul Provenza’s film The Aristocrats, we are taken into the world of the stand up comic to learn […]

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Sky High

Sky High

| July 31, 2005

The genre of Comic Books Turned Into Movies has had dozens of entries in the last decade. They run the gamut from excellent to What-Were-They-Thinking. I always feel that if they hit their target market it makes them better. With its PG rating, Sky High is aimed at the 7 to 16 set and hits […]

Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs

| July 31, 2005

The opening sequence of Must Love Dogs is a Harry Met Sally-like group of interviews of singles, asking the question “Where do you meet people?” The singles rattle off good places and bad, the funniest being “I go to a home improvement store, walk up to a guy and say ‘Hey, do you know where […]

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Last Days

Last Days

| July 26, 2005

Let me first say that more than a few people walked out of the theatre while I was watching this film. Normally, I would just think that they were ignorant fools. People who can’t open up their minds to something new and different. In this particular case, however, I could kinda understand. Last Days is […]

The Closer

The Closer

| July 25, 2005

You’d think that the increasing degree of specialization among TV crime shows had run its course: starting with the classics like NYPD Blue and Law and Order, we now have shows that focus on, among other parts of the crime and crime-fighting world, crime scene investigation, not to mention a whole show on military law […]

Hustle & Flow

Hustle & Flow

| July 25, 2005

Terrence Howard is D-Jay, a fast-talking, low-rent pimp living in a poverty-stricken neighborhood outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Driving a piece of shit hoopty with silver rims, D-Jay barely survives with a stable of three girls, one pregnant, another a mother, their ersatz family on the cusp of disintegration as his hoes are on the verge […]

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Graphic “Tales” by Richard Kelly

Graphic “Tales” by Richard Kelly

| July 25, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (July 25, 2005) — Returning from a successful weekend promoting the science-fiction thriller Southland Tales at the 2005 Comic-con Convention in San Diego, writer/director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) today announced that the film’s much anticipated prequel graphic novels will be released within the first quarter of 2006. Kelly’s Darko Entertainment along with […]

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George Carlin: Doin’ It Again

George Carlin: Doin’ It Again

| July 21, 2005

A George Carlin or Robin Williams special is responsible for the exact same after-effect: Feeling for a few moments that you can be exactly like them, that fluttering buzz. For example, after watching “Doin’ It Again”, I went to the kitchen with the obsessive knowledge that there were chocolate-covered Nutter Butter cookies in the cabinet. […]

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Happy Endings

Happy Endings

| July 19, 2005

Are we punished for the secrets we keep when it comes to love and sex? According to Happy Endings, it certainly seems so. In this ensemble flick, we weave in and out of the lives of about a dozen characters, glimpsing into the peculiarities of their relationships with one another. Yet only those who finally […]

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Murderball

Murderball

| July 17, 2005

This is a film about athletes from around the world who gather together every four years to compete at the Olympic Games. The only thing is, the men are quadriplegics and they play their rugby in wheelchairs. Don’t feel sorry for these guys, though. They used to call the game murderball. Apparently, that name had […]