Archive for July, 2006

Lady in the Water

Lady in the Water

| July 27, 2006

You can’t go into writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, “Lady in the Water,” expecting it to follow any traditional rules of plot development more sophisticated than the bedtime story the film is based on. The story makes itself up as it goes along, and evolves into more of a board game than a movie–sort […]

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

| July 26, 2006

There are some weekends where going to the movies is a necessity. Editor Del has posted a bunch of movies to be seen (at FilmMonthly: “We See Them So You Don’t Have To” is more than a motto – it’s an obligatory obsession.) and it’s too damn hot to go the Dodger game. So this […]

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Monster House

Monster House

| July 26, 2006

There is a sweet irony to Monster House. It’s the first kids movie I’ve seen in ages where the term “sassy-mouthed animal” was not a description of any character. Where aside from the title antagonist, the focus lies solely on children instead of adults trying to wedge their own set of humor into a cartoon […]

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Miami Vice

Miami Vice

| July 26, 2006

Flashbacks of a white suit worn to the wedding of an ex-girlfriend’s sister went through my mind when I saw that Hollywood was going to send us another Television show turned movie. Go ahead and laugh, but I am sure more than one of the men out there had an Angel’s Flight suit or some […]

Motor Home Massacre

Motor Home Massacre

| July 25, 2006

You know it’s a bad sign when you can spend the first five minutes of a movie watching it, and immediately begin comparing it to any of a dozen other movies, most of which were released before 1990. And it’s an even worse sign when you can spend the rest of those five minutes laughing […]

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The Beast Must Die

The Beast Must Die

| July 21, 2006

It’s matinee flicks like this that remind you just how much fun you could have at the movies before there was such a thing as CGI special FX. From the opening chase scene with a man pursued by a helicopter, a battalion of armed gunmen, booby traps and high-powered surveillance cameras to the bare fisted […]

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Clerks 2

Clerks 2

| July 21, 2006

The legend known as Kevin Smith has finally hit another homerun. After the sub-par Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl, I was beginning to think he may have lost his touch. Boy was I wrong. Clerks II is by far the funniest movie of 2006. First off, allow me to answer the […]

House on Greenapple Road

House on Greenapple Road

| July 21, 2006

CSI may think it’s the show that brought gore to the small screen. That’s because they didn’t see the opening scene of the made for TV movie House on Greenapple Road. With the backdrop of sweet melodic 70s muzak, little Eve Plumb (fresh in our minds and hearts as little Jan Brady) skips through pristine […]

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The Iris Effect

The Iris Effect

| July 21, 2006

Ten years ago, Sarah Hathaway’s (Anne Archer) gifted and troubled son, Thomas, suddenly disappeared from their home in Los Angeles. Sarah has strange, recurring dreams about him and refuses to give up hope of ever finding him. Finally, after ten years, a new clue turns up as to his possible whereabouts. A private detective finds […]

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Brotherhood of the Bell

Brotherhood of the Bell

| July 21, 2006

From the days of our country’s founding, and even long before in the old countries, there have been secret societies of men that yield furtive powers that our beyond our comprehension. Whether they bear ominous names like Skull and Bones or the Illuminati, or have less than threatening monikers like the Freemasons, the mere mention […]

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