Archive for December, 2005

Shadowboxer

Shadowboxer

| December 29, 2005

A man, spread-eagled on a pool table, the eight-ball gagging his squeals, struggles with his bonds. Stephen Dorff, the effortless villain, juggles a pool-cue and sneers. Cinematography, camera angles, lighting, and color: they are all exquisitely vivid. We know something bloody is about to happen – there’s no surprise in Shadowboxer – but we’re entertained […]

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Rumor Has It

Rumor Has It

| December 29, 2005

As I was sitting in the theater for 96 minutes watching Jennifer Aniston light up the screen just one thought ran through my head: How the HELL did Pitt give up on being with this chick for that freaky freak with the hot lips? Oh, yea, I did watch the movie, and it has a […]

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Casanova

Casanova

| December 29, 2005

Can someone PLEASE tell me why the actors in a film taking place in 1700’s Venice ITALY all speak with a British accent? Really, now… There ARE such things as Dialogue Coaches, aren’t there? OK, now that I am off my soapbox, let’s talk about Casanova, the latest film from director Lasse Hallström (Cider House […]

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

| December 27, 2005

It’s not that I’m not a fan of slapstick family comedies; when done well, I think this genre can excel beyond its expected capabilities, such as in the case with the time-honored classic A Christmas Story. That movie is genius – it combines the holiday film with family comedy, and succeeds admirably. Cheaper by the […]

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Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked

| December 27, 2005

I guess in a year in which the animation category for has as its strongest competitors one strong story: Madagascar, one cute idea: Robots, a short going long-form: Wallace and Gromit, and two well “drawn” but entirely weak stories: Chicken Little and Corpse Bride, it made sense for the producers of Hoodwinked to take advice […]

Path of Evil

Path of Evil

| December 26, 2005

Apparently, somewhere along the line, MTI rediscovered the slasher subgenre. That’s right…that bad old subclass of horror flicks featuring one lone killer with a bag of tricks and a crazy frame of mind squaring off against a coterie of good guys, most with problems of their own is back. It’s alive and well, if MTI […]

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Munich

Munich

| December 21, 2005

It is the Summer Olympics, 1972. In Munich. The first time the torch had gone to Germany since 1936 in Berlin. When I see highlights of Olympics past and it is from the ’72 games, I am instantly reminded what happened. It’s the decimal point. Instead of a point marker, it is a Star of […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

| December 21, 2005

Along with Alice in Wonderland and My Secret Garden, the Narnia stories were easily my favorite children’s books. I went to see this film with some concern about how it would hold up to the blockbuster Ring Trilogies, the exceptional last two Potter films or the special magic that the Narnia name still conjured up […]

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Fun with Dick and Jane

Fun with Dick and Jane

| December 21, 2005

My streak is over!!! This past week, I have seen two remakes and had almost decided to abandon my Remakes Suck Rule. I saw King Kong followed by The Producers and was on a I Love Remake roll. Then I ran right into Fun With Dick and Jane and I was reminded why I say […]

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I’ll Bury You Tomorrow…Laid to Rest

I’ll Bury You Tomorrow…Laid to Rest

| December 19, 2005

The alarming and downright unnerving tale of love, corpses and murder comes together in “I’ll Bury You Tomorrow…Laid to Rest.” So what we have here is the story of a young woman who works at Beech’s Funeral Home in the sleepy little town of Port Oram. She then starts taking her work home with her. […]

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