Archive for October, 2006

Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month

| October 13, 2006

Whether or not you’re a fan of comedian Dane Cook won’t really affect your opinion of this picture. While I am a huge fan of the man, I know plenty of people who think he isn’t funny at all. Fear not, my fellow readers. Cook is only in this film as an actor, not as […]

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The Legend of Lucy Keyes

The Legend of Lucy Keyes

| October 10, 2006

Okay, folks–it’s October. This is prime time for horror flicks. We’ve got Halloween bare weeks away, and those early nights spent locked in the house aren’t all that much farther off. Thus, what I’m gonna do for you is a godsend and a blessing–I’m gonna give you the line on one of the downright creepiest […]

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The Departed

The Departed

| October 7, 2006

Near the climax of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan answers a cell phone. Costigan, a cop working undercover with the mob in Boston, suspects that the person on the other end of the line is rat police officer who has been feeding Jack Nicholson’s Irish mob boss police information. This dirty cop, […]

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The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep

| October 3, 2006

Science of Sleep is a lyrical, affectionate poem to the budding romance. Directed by Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Human Nature, Bjork music videos) the film leads you into the fertile dreamscape of the artistic soul in love. Stephane, played with inventive comic flair by the versatile and exciting Mexican actor Gael […]

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School for Scoundrels

School for Scoundrels

| October 3, 2006

I must open with my salute to writer/director Todd Phillips. I dug every one of his movies (Road Trip, Old School, Starsky and Hutch) to a very high degree, and I think he’s one of the best comedy filmmakers in Hollywood. With that said, I enjoyed School For Scoundrels. But its also Phillips’ weakest picture […]

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Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

| October 3, 2006

There’s a scare ploy that has become all too common (but not as common as the leaping cat) in the modern horror flick, which is the prophetic whack job who (a) runs out of the woods shaking a severed eyeball, warning the kids in the car that they’re driving towards imminent bloody mayhem; (b) steps […]

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Open Season

Open Season

| October 3, 2006

I think I have almost reached my limit. What limit? The limit of watching marginal animated films that feature animals with human problems, and hijinks abound while they get out of it. In the last year or so, we have witnessed Ice Age 2, Madagascar, Barnyard, Chicken Little, and Hoodwinked. Add to the list Open […]

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The U.S. vs. John Lennon

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

| October 3, 2006

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today… Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace… You may say I’m […]

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Viva Pedro!

Viva Pedro!

| October 3, 2006

Though several debatable rumors and reasons may exist as to why a retrospective of Pedro Almodóvar’s films is appearing now, none of them are really a concern of mine. Would I say that it’s somewhat unusual to find theatrically re-releases of the highlights of a directorial career while said director seems to be right around […]

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Superstition

Superstition

| October 3, 2006

Anchor Bay Entertainment resurrects some fairly choice horror movie with “Superstition,” one among several in what looks like a long-term program for them. So what we have here plotwise is an alcoholic priest and his family moving into a house on Mill Road. The house has something of an unpleasant history to say the least, […]

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