Archive for October, 2006

Abominable

Abominable

| October 31, 2006

When I first put “Abominable” into my DVD player, I didn’t know what to make of it. I’ll give you the full rundown later–first we’ve got to get the plot covered. So what we have here plotwise is the homecoming of a newly-paraplegic former mountain climber named Preston Rogers, who apparently not only has the […]

Saw III

Saw III

| October 29, 2006

This new Jigsaw is a real bitch. Literally. In Saw III, Amanda (Shawnee Smith), once a victim herself, has taken up the gruesome, game-playing mantle of Jigsaw, creating clever contraptions that test a person’s will to live through pain and suffering. But Amanda isn’t interested in the old Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) tests: in her world, […]

Catch a Fire

Catch a Fire

| October 29, 2006

In Phillip Noyce’s latest film Catch a Fire, Derek Luke portrays South African family-man Patrick Chamusso, who is wrongly imprisoned and tortured as a suspect in the bombing of an oil refinery. Chamusso withstands the torture until he is forced into a room with his hands tied and his eyes covered by a blindfold. He […]

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Head Trauma

Head Trauma

| October 29, 2006

There is a sense of foreboding in the air as George Walker (Vince Mola) reaches the dilapidated former home of his grandmother. Though it has been five years since her passing, George is only making his way back to the house he once lived in to stake his claim for the property. Unfortunately, the odds […]

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Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday

| October 29, 2006

Gloomy Sunday is a fantastic, moving film set between annoying and banal bookends. It is a film that is every inch a melodrama. Two men love one woman (Erica Marozsan). They face trials, tribulations, and triumphs, all while a war plays out in the backdrop of these people’s lives. But it’s not all that bad. […]

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PBS Nature

PBS Nature

| October 26, 2006

On Sunday, November 5th, the PBS network will launch its 25th season of Nature, the Peabody and Emmy award winning series. Nature’s landmark 25th year will include such great episodes as A Mesmerizing Tour of Yellowstone National Park, Soaring With Raptors, Dogs That Changed The World, and a special “Best Of” Anniversary Program hosted by […]

Babel

Babel

| October 25, 2006

Crash is to Babel as artificial flavoring is to the real thing. Alejandro González Iñárritu, who proved his artistic chops in the violently beautiful Amores Perros (only to dull his vision for the monotonous 21 Grams) is back atop his game with a film that’s more interested in character than charting political undercurrents (Syriana), giving […]

The Nun

The Nun

| October 24, 2006

As if the Catholic church didn’t have enough image problems already, horror veteran Brian Yuzna comes back to give them one more bugaboo in “The Nun,” a high-calibre horror romp that will make sure you never look at a nun the same way ever again. So what we have here plotwise is, undoubtedly, every Catholic […]

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

| October 22, 2006

Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette features some of her directorial signatures: luscious imagery, a heroine forced into an uncomfortable environment, and a hip, pop tone. Previews and malcontent rumblings led me to believe that Coppola blended historical time periods in some sort of an anachronistic symphony. Yet in fact she has created a precision costume drama […]

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Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

| October 22, 2006

Since Saving Private Ryan, every WWII movie released by Hollywood just seems bland and unexciting (by comparison at least). This year’s Flags of Our Fathers is no exception. Don’t get me wrong. It’s an exceptionally well-made film (shit, it’s Clint Eastwood, after all), but even with all its high points, it’s nowhere near the level […]

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