Archive for October, 2005

Shopgirl

Shopgirl

| October 31, 2005

It’s the details you notice that make Shopgirl such a powerful movie. Subtle lighting, visuals on camera that show story points without being mentioned in dialog, and not overdoing the major turns of events that jump off the screen and pull at your heart. The story and screenplay are by Steve Martin who based it […]

The 49th Times BFI London Film Festival

The 49th Times BFI London Film Festival

| October 31, 2005

Ah the LFF…how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty–to paraphrase the bard. Another sumptuous and engrossing year majestically put together by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron with many, many films on show from all over the globe plus screen talks, master classes, workshops, shorts and lots of debates ranging from discussions about the best and […]

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Red Cockroaches

Red Cockroaches

| October 31, 2005

Join me for a movie, part one of three, that actually might’ve been pretty good if it hadn’t been for one particularly unpleasant part that botched the whole thing a dozen times over. So what we have here is part one of three in a series set in a New York with lots of acid […]

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Stay

Stay

| October 25, 2005

Upon exiting the theatre after watching Stay, a friend said to me, “It’ll take me twenty years to figure out what I just saw.” That sounds about right. Stay is not your usual Hollywood fare. Whereas other films might gently take you by the hand and lead you through the next ninety minutes, Stay blindfolds […]

Jack O’ Lantern

Jack O’ Lantern

| October 24, 2005

Lions Gate serves up a whole new batch of better than mediocre with “Jack O’ Lantern,” a direct to video surprise involving car wrecks and more hicks than you’ll care to count. So what we have here is Jack, a man who’s been having a rough year. He was in a car accident, and ever […]

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Common Senses

Common Senses

| October 21, 2005

SplitPillow has breathed new life into the exquisite corpse – namely, by giving that fine, old surrealist body its five senses back. The exquisite corpse: Mad-Libs for surrealists. Each poet would write only one line, fold the paper, and pass it along. The technique spoke to the surrealistsĀ¹ fancy for chance and accident, and demonstrated […]

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The Nature Unleashed Collection–Avalanche

The Nature Unleashed Collection–Avalanche

| October 17, 2005

Now here’s an idea that MTI probably should have passed on. I don’t deny that the disaster picture was a big deal back in, oh, 1999, when “Titanic” came out. I don’t deny that mountainside disasters were huge back when Stallone did “Cliffhanger.” And I can’t help but notice that “Avalanche” and “Ice Queen” had […]

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The Nature Unleashed Collection–Earthquake

The Nature Unleashed Collection–Earthquake

| October 17, 2005

Now here’s an idea that MTI probably should have passed on. I don’t deny that the disaster picture was a big deal back in, oh, 1999, when “Titanic” came out. I don’t deny that mountainside disasters were huge back when Stallone did “Cliffhanger.” And I can’t help but notice that “Avalanche” and “Ice Queen” had […]

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Undead

Undead

| October 17, 2005

“Undead” was probably the most longed for, most sought after, most eagerly anticipated zombie movie on the face of the earth after The Grand Old Man, George Romero’s, “Land Of the Dead” pretty much flopped at the box office. Where WERE you people? Romero’s first zombie movie in fifteen years and you stayed at home. […]

Domino

Domino

| October 16, 2005

From the very beginning, you know Domino is going to be a feast for the eyes. There is a thumping soundtrack, dazzling opening credits, echoing reverb dialog, and a grainy hand held style with film that is processed with heavy emphasis on green, yellow and orange overlays. It is a work of art as well […]