Archive for April, 2006

Funny Man

Funny Man

| April 25, 2006

So I’ve become convinced that the Brits are pretty well on their collective way to a looney bin. I got all the proof I need sitting right on my coffee table, and it’s called “Funny Man”, someone’s idea of a horror movie that really comes off a lot more like a comedy. For all you […]

Somersault

Somersault

| April 24, 2006

I first saw this film when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival two years ago. I was frustrated with it then, and now after seeing it a second time, I remember why. Set in rural Australia, the story begins with sixteen year-old Heidi (Abbie Cornish) running away from home after a brief sexual encounter […]

The Notorious Bettie Page

The Notorious Bettie Page

| April 24, 2006

On my way home from watching The Notorious Betty Paige, I called my dad (age 79) to ask what he thought of her. He said he could not recall ever hearing her name. Interesting. The most famous pin-up girl of her time and my Ivy League educated couldn’t recall? Could it be that my dad […]

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Americano

Americano

| April 24, 2006

Americano begins with the beauty of a man, a bull, and a pink cloth and then travels into the countryside of Spain, from the rush of Pamplona’s bulls to the pure adrenalin of love. Director Kevin Noland’s traditional love story, that of an American foreigner falling for a classic Spanish beauty is nothing new, but […]

Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School

Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School

| April 18, 2006

Based on his short 1990 film of the same title, writer-director Randall Miller’s “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School” is an overly-sentimental interweaving of several stories that all take place in or around a small suburban dance class. The stories range from a young boy named Steve experiencing love for the first time in […]

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Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways

| April 18, 2006

It’s the rarest of rare pleasures for a movie buff: walking in blind to a new film by a new director and being completely floored by it. In an age when every ambitious young filmmaker is greeted as the Next Big Thing and each new indie sensation arrives on a wave of festival-fueled, pre-release hype, […]

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La Mujer de Mi Hermano

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

| April 18, 2006

Spanish-language film “La Mujer de Mi Hermano” is a study of one woman’s struggle to rejuvenate her life amidst a stale marriage. Broken-hearted over her an her husband’s inability to conceive a child, and depressed about her husband’s apparent lack of sexual interest in her, Zoe seeks solace from her wealthy but sterile lifestyle in […]

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Realization

Realization

| April 18, 2006

I caught a movie tonight called Realization. You should check it out. If you don’t get a chance to, then take note of the collective that made it. They’re called SplitPillow. Realization is their fifth feature. If what I saw tonight is any indication of where this bright and innovative collective is headed, you’ll thank […]

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse

Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse

| April 17, 2006

After the worst debacle in The Asylum’s growing history, “Hillside Cannibals”, it was high time for a really GOOD movie to come flooding out of The Asylum’s doors just to wash the taste of that reprehensible slop out of our collective mouths. And indeed, The Asylum delivers by letting Leigh Scott take the reins completely […]

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Watch Your Language!

Watch Your Language!

| April 15, 2006

An often spoken, but not often documented phrase that you probably hear all of the time and are subconsciously annoyed by is “No, but I want to.” A simple yet ambiguous term. Do you not understand why you would hear these words yet? Well, let me put it into the context of a conversation. Moron […]

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