Archive for November, 2005

Scarred

Scarred

| November 28, 2005

MTI offers up a return to the bad old days of the 1980s slasher movie with “Scarred,” a movie that seems eerily familiar–because it is! So what we have here is the story of an urban legend gone badly awry, as they tend to do in this sort of movie. Anyway, a woman is supposedly […]

Syriana

Syriana

| November 25, 2005

When reading a Tom Clancy novel, it always amazes me how there can be 6 or 7 different story lines that all come together to make a coherent story. It never seems to work in his movie adaptations because the story lines are never that separated. With Syriana, I saw what a Clancy novel should […]

Rent

Rent

| November 25, 2005

RENT is a musical that tells the story of a group of friends living in poverty and with AIDS in the early 90’s in New York City. I have spent much of the past few months apprehensively anticipating this movie. RENT is my favorite musical, and I was afraid of Chris Columbus’ (Stepmom, Harry Potter […]

The Mangler Reborn

The Mangler Reborn

| November 21, 2005

The Mangler has been chugging along for quite some time. After its first lacklustre excursion, the creators brought in Freddy Kreuger hisself, a snarling, snappish, hissing snake of a Robert Englund to helm the second one. And in a very interesting way, it did sort of work. But now, there’s the third one. Believability stretched […]

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Derailed

Derailed

| November 20, 2005

Derailed, directed by the Swedish Mikael Håfström is the pedestrian tale of a decent guy grabbing the wrong temptation and the endless smacks upside the head fate deals him in return. We first encounter Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston) on the commuter train where her shapely gams draw the attention of several of the commuting men. When […]

PBS Nature: Katrina’s Animal Rescue

PBS Nature: Katrina’s Animal Rescue

| November 19, 2005

Here’s yet another human interest story from Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, but one with a new angle on those affected. When the people of New Orleans and the other cities and towns in the path of the hurricane were evacuated, they were instructed to leave their pets behind. Most did so, expecting to be back in […]

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Dead Men Walking

Dead Men Walking

| November 14, 2005

Time for some fresh zombie movie fare from the good folks at The Asylum! So what we have here is the story of a plague that’s found its way into a prison. And we’re not talking bubonic–this one’s not only killing people, it’s also bringing them back to life. The only non-infected folks left, a […]

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

| November 13, 2005

If you are at all familiar with the work of Jane Austen, then you are probably established with her novel Pride and Prejudice. If not, it centers around Ms. Lizzie Bennett, and her four sisters, all of which are out in society and single. Her older sister Jane seems to be the only of the […]

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Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Get Rich or Die Tryin’

| November 13, 2005

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of that Eminem and Curtis Hansen vehicle 8 Mile, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Jim Sheridan team up to paint another mural by the numbers. This time, despite a few moments of promise, the effort results in a mash up of various genres, ultimately signifying nothing beyond a waste […]

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

| November 13, 2005

I am a big fan of filmed comedy performances. They come on the cable networks and I am able to laugh over and over at the likes of Chris Rock (CR Bigger and Blacker, CR Never Scared), George Carlin, and them southern boys who “git ‘er done.” Sometimes it is best to see them again […]

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