Archive for June, 2006

Superman Returns

Superman Returns

| June 29, 2006

I’ve never had such an anticipation build-up from my friends and fellow readers as there has been for this Superman review. Anybody that knows me knows that I’ve been preaching this movie for months, and that I was probably at the first showing dressed as Supes himself last night (and you would be right) [Ed. […]

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Click

Click

| June 29, 2006

Hollywood enjoys making comparisons between current actors and their past and future equivalents. Tom Hanks reminds us of Jimmy Stewart, while people are banking on Topher Grace to assume Hanks’ place once his likeability no longer becomes bankable (see The Terminal box-office results for proof). And that is perhaps the greatest failing of the walking, […]

Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior

| June 29, 2006

Based on author Dan Millman’s real-life experience as a gymnast, Peaceful Warrior follows the character of Dan Millman as he journeys from being a selfish and arrogant gymnast to the self-aware peaceful warrior of the title. His inspiration for change is a “quicki-mart philosopher” whom he calls Socrates, played by Nick Nolte, who teaches Dan […]

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Shockheaded

Shockheaded

| June 27, 2006

“Shockheaded” is one of those strange sort of films that bends genres into nice big terrifyingly non-Euclidean shapes. In fact, if I were pressed to go making comparisons, the best thing I could generate for an analogy would be something like “8MM” as done by David Lynch with a script by Joseph Wambaugh. It was […]

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Asylum [a.k.a., House of Crazies]

Asylum [a.k.a., House of Crazies]

| June 26, 2006

When you talk about old school British horror films, most likely the conversation travels towards the legendary Hammer Studios. It’s natural. They were a very showy bunch. But they weren’t the only creeps in town who were churning out genre flicks like a busy witch brewing up spells. Amicus Studio was doing a fine job […]

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And Now the Screaming Starts

And Now the Screaming Starts

| June 26, 2006

When you talk about old school British horror films, most likely the conversation travels towards the legendary Hammer Studios. It’s natural. They were a very showy bunch. But they weren’t the only creeps in town who were churning out genre flicks like a busy witch brewing up spells on Halloween. Amicus Studios was doing a […]

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The Danger After Dark Collection

The Danger After Dark Collection

| June 26, 2006

Moon Child (2003) First coming into prominence as one of the leading lights in the new wave of pink eiga erotic films of the late eighties, Takahisa Zeze has gone on to become a rather versatile director. In his 2003 futuristic gangster masterpiece, Japanese pop stars Gackt and HYDE star in this wild hybrid of […]

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Doll Graveyard

Doll Graveyard

| June 20, 2006

Apparently, just in time for the new millenium, Charles Band decided that Full Moon was no longer a movie studio, but an action figure clearinghouse. Some might say I’m being unnecessarily cruel with this assessment, but those same people might be surprised to know that no less a personage than Band himself agrees with me. […]

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Nacho Libre

Nacho Libre

| June 19, 2006

Like most children of the early 90’s, I loved Mad-Libs. Next to playing Contra, creating stories through filling blank spaces with nouns like “booger” and adjectives like “poopy” was always a welcome part to my daily routine. However, like most well-adjusted youths, I lost interested sometime around puberty, when “boob” ceased becoming merely a funny […]

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Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

| June 17, 2006

Daniel Schreber is a very disturbed man. Set in turn of the century Germany, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness chronicles Schreber’s bout with mental illness and his subsequent recovery, such as it is. Channeling William Burroughs, John Franklin Bardhem, Edgar Allen Poe, and Guy de Maupassant, this tale follows a lonely married judge suffers from […]

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