Archive for August, 2006

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

| August 12, 2006

The most insightful statement regarding the 9.11 tragedy made by any of the characters in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, was made by Staff Sergeant Dave Karnes (Michael Shannon). He said (and I paraphrase), “God made the smoke because he didn’t think we were ready to see what’s beyond it.” Unable to see through clouds […]

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World Trade Center

World Trade Center

| August 9, 2006

Olive Stone’s World Trade Center is the Hollywood’s latest foray into the tragedy of September 11. While the theatre world has been exploring the trauma of 9/11 for years, beginning with the first production of Anne Nelson’s The Guys in December of 2001, the film world has been slow to follow (save for a film […]

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Beyond the Wall of Sleep

H.P. Lovecraft’s Beyond the Wall of Sleep

| August 8, 2006

H.P. Lovecraft movies are generally a good bet. There really are only a handful of them, and most of them turned out well. There are the great Jeffrey Combs performances of the “Re-Animator” series, the romp that was “From Beyond,” and even “Necronomicon,” which had its pluses. Let’s be charitable about things and not bring […]

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

| August 6, 2006

Who would’ve thought that in just two weeks time, a movie would come along to remove Clerks II from the title of Funniest Flick of the Year. Well, its happened. Talladega Nights is a fucking riot and then some. It’s been a while since there was a movie that made me laugh out loud in […]

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Lemming

Lemming

| August 6, 2006

In the opening scene of Dominik Moll’s unnerving new marital thriller, the male protagonist (an inventor of hotshot domestic technology played by a tense Laurent Lucas) is demonstrating a revolutionary mobile camera that can detect slight irregularities in household order, triggering a distress call via phone to alert an absent homeowner to possible crises. Yet […]

Shadowboxer

Shadowboxer

| August 1, 2006

As recently written in The New York Times, Lee Daniels, producer of Monster’s Ball and The Woodsman, has earned a reputation as an iconoclast. For his directorial debut, Daniels again produces challenging material in Shadowboxer. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren as hired assassins and pseudo-incestuous lovers, the movie tracks both characters’ existential professional […]

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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

| August 1, 2006

About two-thirds of the way through Little Miss Sunshine we are treated to a one line delivery of the message of this film: “Do what you want, f*** the rest.” They are usually called Road Pictures – people taken out of their normal routines who are on their way somewhere else who ultimately learn what […]

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The Ron Clark Story

The Ron Clark Story

| August 1, 2006

Maybe Newton’s missing fourth law of motion states that whenever an offbeat teacher’s antics turn on a classroom of doe-eyed troublemakers to the magic of learning, a principal hailing from the Judge Judy School of No-Nonsense must shake his/her head in the background at said inspirational teacher, only speaking up to reprimand the naïve Everysaint […]

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John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die

| August 1, 2006

John Tucker Must Die offers a lively ode to Spice Girl-flavored girl power. This is not the feminism of Betty Friedan or Ms. magazine. Rather, the four heroines of the film derive power from overt sensuality, fashion, and popularity. Typical high school stuff. In fact, much of this film is typical, coloring by the numbers […]

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A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

| August 1, 2006

A Scanner Darkly is a surreal trip into the mind of Philip K. Dick. Inspired by Dick’s own experience with drugs and the numerous deaths of his own friends, the book has been brought to the big screen in excellent fashion. Using the rotoscope technique, the filmed actors have been digitally transformed into a visually […]

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