Archive for May, 2006

X-Men 3: The Last Stand

X-Men 3: The Last Stand

| May 31, 2006

“X-Men 3: The Last Stand” is the 3rd installment in the blockbuster trilogy that helped further the 40 plus year X-Men legacy into a continuous modern household name. You know the back story, the X-men are mutant superhero’s with incredible powers caught in a world that often hates them for being different, the same world […]

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When a Killer Calls

When a Killer Calls

| May 30, 2006

Recent history time, folks. I really, truly doubt that the release of “When A Killer Calls,” which appeared on video store shelves about two weeks or so ahead of the video release of “When A Stranger Calls” was some kind of incredible coincidence. Especially after the less-than-incredible coincidence of “Hillside Cannibals” coming out at almost […]

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Over the Hedge

Over the Hedge

| May 29, 2006

As far as crappy animated movies go, The Wild this year set the bar at a depth that will never be reached. And much like Pauly Shore’s career, traditional animation is basically extinct. Instead, Pixar has coined the CGI-type animation, with great examples like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo. So where does Dreamworks’s […]

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Art School Confidential

Art School Confidential

| May 29, 2006

“Just remember, only 1 in 100 of you will ever make a living in art.” Professor Sandiford’s (John Malkovich) reinforcement of professional disappointment to his students is emblematic of the relentless skewering delivered to the self-important art school milieu in director Terry Swigoff’s “Art School Confidential”. The intellectual dishonesty of academia in perpetuating supercilious phoniness […]

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The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre

| May 29, 2006

Peter Lorre referred to himself and other actors as “facemakers.” No other actor made faces like the sad-eyed, mischievous Lorre who conveyed menace, comedy, suavity and cowardice in a single close-up. As chronicled in Stephen D. Youngkin’s epic biography, Lorre’s life was a series of different masks cloaking an exceedingly complex personality behind all of […]

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The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

| May 26, 2006

The summer movie season is upon us once again. Schools let out. The temperature climbs. Pictures line up to hit air-conditioned theaters in a barrage of cinema that doesn’t let up until September. It’s popcorn and candy time at the movies. Big stars and event films are the order of the day. With the summer […]

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X-Men 3: The Last Stand

X-Men 3: The Last Stand

| May 26, 2006

There’s something strange about the third installment of the X-Men franchise–I can’t seem to figure out who wrote the movie. Now, I haven’t searched extensively, but a cursory glance at a few websites hasn’t cleared things up for me. The official website for the film lists Simon Kronberg (who wrote Mr. And Mrs. Smith) and […]

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Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

| May 25, 2006

The original Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes had its UK premiere in January of 2000. In September 2001, the BBC aired an all-new series of four stories based on the further fictional adventures of young Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor, Dr. Joseph Bell. Returning as Dr. Bell in this new series […]

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PBS’s American Masters

PBS’s American Masters

| May 25, 2006

Before A&E’s Biography series, before any other cable channel tackled the biography in any serious form, PBS was doing it and with great style and substance through their American Masters series. The series premiered in 1986, and at the time was the only PBS primetime series committed to developing and producing comprehensive film biographies about […]

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Find Me Guilty

Find Me Guilty

| May 24, 2006

So Vin Diesel can actually act. Who could of guessed that one? His previous film credits are basically all action-flicks with XxX being a huge box-office success. He will be a great action star someday, but he’ll have to stop accepting scripts like The Pacifier (how did that make 113 million dollars?). Even Arnold was […]

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