Archive for November, 2006

Baby Blood

Baby Blood

| November 28, 2006

Anchor Bay hauls up another old wreck from the deep–but is this one worth salvaging? So what we have here plotwise is–get this–a ravenous, quasi-sentient parasite crawls into a French circus performer for the express purpose of being born of a human being. But in order for it to get big and strong and born, […]

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

| November 26, 2006

It’s official–the Christmas classic is dead and gone. If movies like Surviving Christmas and The Santa Clause 3 killed it, then Deck the Halls put the final nail in the coffin. What a waste of time, money and… well, I wish I could say talent. Deck the Halls should be used as a torturing device […]

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Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu

| November 26, 2006

Who knew that the Tony Scott-Denzel Washington combination would be so…awesome? First, we got Man on Fire, and now Déjà Vu, a pulse-pounding thriller of definite originality. Throw in producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and you know stuff is going to blow up. The story starts off with a Bruckheimer trademark, a massive explosion. Doug Carlin (Denzel […]

Bobby

Bobby

| November 26, 2006

To announce one’s purpose outright in the first sentence of a review is much like spelling out an entire movie in the first minute, much as Bobby does in its first spoken line of dialogue (after a newsreel intro), a none-too-subtle allusion to Grand Hotel. Anthony Hopkins’ hotel owner describes the upstairs/downstairs nature of “that […]

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

| November 21, 2006

Not even Casino Royale, a venerable 40-year-old franchise’s return to form heralded by both critics and audiences, can stop the CGI-kid-flick juggernaut. This past weekend, the brand new Bond, James Bond was narrowly edged out at the top box office spot by the singing, dancing, being-cute penguins of Happy Feet, and it’s quite a statement: […]

The Institution

The Institution

| November 21, 2006

“The Institution” brings nothing new to the horror genre. Much of the plot and premise are standards of the horror industry: an abandoned asylum cut off from civilization, a legendary killer, a small group of twentysomethings with lives entangled and an intriguing back-story. Throw in a few splashes of blood and you have a standard […]

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Blackwater Valley Exorcism

Blackwater Valley Exorcism

| November 21, 2006

Truth is stranger than fiction…but will it make good movie? The answer is a resounding absolutely from “Blackwater Valley Exorcism.” So what we have here is, basically, the same exorcism story you’ve already seen about a dozen times before.Catholic priest called in, with “a troubled past,” and “demons of his own,” to start pounding demon […]

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Mutual Appreciation

Mutual Appreciation

| November 17, 2006

Tone seems to be the order of the day in some of the better, recent films. From the excessive, ‘fault-free’ cosmetics of Marie Antoinette, to the wandering, natural, uncertainty of Old Joy—shit, I’ll even throw in the relentless oblivion and mild-mayhem that drives Borat across our country—established, and even ‘less-established’, filmmaking talents have thrived to […]

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Casino Royale

Casino Royale

| November 17, 2006

For those of you who grew up with Roger Moore or Timothy Dalton as James Bond 007, you may see this film and walk out scratching your head, wondering where your cartoon spy went. For those of you who first learned about this character from the books, or perhaps saw one of the very first […]

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LoveCracked!

LoveCracked!

| November 17, 2006

When a film promises horror and comedy inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and in the tradition of George Romero, with a Monty Python-esque twist added for good measure, it can make a viewer very skeptical. However, Biff Juggernaut Productions’ LoveCracked! delivers on its promises–and then some. Told in the style of a spoof documentary on legendary […]

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