Archive for March, 2006

The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch

The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch

| March 27, 2006

One of the drawbacks of ‘camp” entertainment is that there’s no solid distinction between what is good ‘camp” and what is bad ‘camp”, since the genre thrives on what is tasteless juxtaposed against the era in which it debuts. John Waters’ early work or Rock Horror Picture Show come to mind as camp films which […]

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Creepies

Creepies

| March 27, 2006

L.A. is under attack by giant spiders! Everybody run from the Attack of the Antiquated Storylines! So what we have here is a very familiar story. Giant spiders. Spiders as “big as J. Lo’s ass”–which is probably my favorite line in the whole sorry mess. Created by various Secret Government Experiments in various Secret Government […]

Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking

| March 26, 2006

With his clean-cut features, athletic physique, and devil-may-care smile, Aaron Eckhardt has the look of a classic Hollywood movie star – think Cary Grant with a square jaw. Yet he’s never quite been able to make that leap into Leading Man superstardom. Perhaps that’s because, beneath that charismatic, All-American veneer lies a strain of unadulterated […]

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Stay Alive

Stay Alive

| March 26, 2006

Whenever I hear the words “video-game” and “movie” I usually think of a really bad video-game adaptation by German director Uwe Boll. He has brought us such stinkers as House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and Bloodrayne. And it seems that he is still on his video-game kick, because he is also going […]

American Dreamz

American Dreamz

| March 26, 2006

American Dreamz is a typical Hollywood movie: overstuffed with actors and plotting, and not quite as smart as it thinks it is. Featuring an overdue satire of “American Idol,” the film simply tries to do too much at one time. In just two hours, the film mocks the most popular show on television, our nation’s […]

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Summer Storm

Summer Storm

| March 24, 2006

Summer Storm premiered in 2004 in Germany, but due to the bizarre distribution procedures for foreign films, it finally arrived in Chicago in 2006. Aside from its refreshingly open depiction of (homo)sexuality and that fact that the characters speak German throughout, this film is quintessential Hollywood fare: conventional structure, predictable plotting, and a kicking soundtrack. […]

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The Shaggy Dog

The Shaggy Dog

| March 24, 2006

Not since Robert DeNiro in “Raging Bull” has an actor immersed himself completely into a role like Tim Allen does in “The Shaggy Dog”… …Ok that is definitely stretching it, but I almost had you there didn’t I? Tim Allen stars as Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas. He is a father of two and a […]

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Inside Man

Inside Man

| March 24, 2006

“My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I chose my words carefully, and I never repeat myself.” Crap, what was his name? I missed it. So much for the beginning of Spike Lee’s new movie, Inside Man. It is a movie which tries to keep you as off balance […]

Brick

Brick

| March 24, 2006

Within the fog-filled alleyways and decrepit hotel rooms of a city at midnight exists the brooding world of the noir genre. It is a land populated by blackmail, violence and lust. A world that ashes a cigarette while salivating over a blonde’s luscious, red lips. Along with dialogue that can strike a blow as hard […]

She’s the Man

She’s the Man

| March 22, 2006

I’m a sucker for teen flicks. Having been a child of the eighties, I was reared on the likes of Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Better Off Dead. Molly Ringwald is like my best friend from grade school. Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack and Judd Nelson are the guys I grew up […]

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