Archive for September, 2006

Sherrybaby

Sherrybaby

| September 29, 2006

The plot of Sherrybaby is pretty straightforward. A twenty-something woman, just released from prison, tries to make a new life for herself on the outside. And that’s about it. Without a doubt, the film doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality of how difficult it must be to start over after serving time. Despite Sherry’s […]

Haven

Haven

| September 29, 2006

I’m not surprised that Frank E. Flowers’ second picture, Haven, starring Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom, sat on the shelf for two years. It’s a fussy, heavy-handed technical disaster with a severely undercooked story. What I still can’t understand after seeing it, though, is how it ever saw the light of day. The studio exec […]

Flyboys

Flyboys

| September 29, 2006

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am a sucker for any film that focuses on fighter jets or dogfights, pretty much anything that can attempt to be as badass as Top Gun, one of my all-time favorite flicks. And after watching Flyboys, you do sort of realize how much further action films that take place in […]

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

| September 29, 2006

Starz Entertainment has a new original documentary premiering just in time for Halloween on their cable network channel. It’s called Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, and you know what? It’s pretty damn good. In the style of Behind the Music, this documentary explores the world of the American Slasher […]

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School for Scoundrels

School for Scoundrels

| September 26, 2006

Todd Phillips has sure come a long way since Road Trip. No. Wait. No, he hasn’t. His latest, School for Scoundrels is a straightforward revenge comedy that lacks the charm of Starsky & Hutch’s unadulterated chemistry and Old School’s irrepressible spunk. Like Benchwarmers before it, Jon Heder rises up for the nerds of the world…but […]

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The Butcher

The Butcher

| September 26, 2006

If you happen to be in the mood for nothing special, if you find yourself in the midst of the video store looking to not be challenged, or not have anything new to deal with, or nothing in particular to be scared by, but you just want a big loud gory romp with a plot […]

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Darshan the Embrace

Darshan the Embrace

| September 24, 2006

Darshan the Embrace, directed by French director Jan Kounen, documents the work of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma, the hugging Saint. The daughter of a poor family from a small fishing village in India, she came into the world in 1953 with a smiling, loving grace and propensity to fall into deep […]

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Feast

Feast

| September 24, 2006

For those of you that aren’t film buffs, Feast is the new Project Greenlight movie. And for those of you that don’t know about Project Greenlight, it is a reality show in which a group of people from Miramax pick a script from a contest, and a director to helm the film and put it […]

Wordplay

Wordplay

| September 24, 2006

It was inevitable that Will Shortz, the crossword editor of the New York Times (and uber-puzzler), would become the subject of a documentary. Not only is he the herald of what is called “the gold standard of crosswords,” but he’s a proud major in the little-studied field of enigmatology. If this funny-looking man of the […]

I Am a Sex Addict

I Am a Sex Addict

| September 24, 2006

Presented as a tongue-in-cheek meta-documentary, I Am a Sex Addict chronicles the life of Caveh Zahedi (also the writer/director), a man who is poignantly described as “constantly falling in love at the drop of a hat” but is more realistically a fetishist for prostitutes. The film doesn’t follow the poignant route–nor would we expect that […]

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