Archive for November, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

| November 12, 2006

To tell you the truth, I’ve struggled for days with how to best start this review. The only thing I can think of right now is how I sat in my car after seeing this film and paused before turning the engine over, letting the seconds tick by with the late fall rain crashing down […]

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

| November 9, 2006

Oh how I wish there was some kind of escape clause for this flaming piece of shit. World-renowned scholars wouldn’t be able to describe how hard this movie blew. And do you know how bad you have to fuck up a Christmas movie for me to hate it? The movie stars two comedians who haven’t […]

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

| November 9, 2006

Hysterical. Hilarious. Idiotically brilliant. Borat is a comedy unlike anything seen before on the big screen, one that can bring laughter-induced tears. A comedy that lets the viewer in on the secret that none of its supporting characters know about: that Borat is a character brilliantly created by Sacha Baron Cohen. But this isn’t an […]

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49 Up

49 Up

| November 9, 2006

In the latest 7-year-installment of Michael Apted’s ‘UP’ series, one gets some mixed feelings in catching up with these familiar faces. ’49 UP’ again inserts us into the lives of 13 people whom we first meet as adorable seven year old British school children in the year 1957, and though they are as adorable as […]

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th’

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th’

| November 9, 2006

Titan Books has just released the ultimate, definitive know-all book on one of the greatest horror franchises in American cinema history, Friday the 13th. The book is called Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, by Peter M. Bracke and it is just that–a complete history of the franchise thus far. Peter […]

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Blood Ranch

Blood Ranch

| November 7, 2006

Here’s a brainteaser for my dear readership this week–who would ever be so sufficiently brain damaged as to rip off “Hostel”? Who, who could ever be so base as to emulate the roaring lump of misery that was Eli Roth’s worst stand? That’s a question we’re going to answer just one paragraph down. So what […]

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Flushed Away

Flushed Away

| November 3, 2006

The latest DreamWorks animated movie, Flushed Away, comes from the producing team for Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit and is a co-production with stop-motion experts Aardman Animations. Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, and Bill Nighy, among others, provide voices for the characters. Directors David Bowers and Sam Fell make full […]

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Next Door [Naboer]

Next Door [Naboer]

| November 3, 2006

Things just aren’t shaping up well for John (Kristoffer Joner) lately. His girlfriend has left him, and apparently already moved on to a new relationship. Worse still, she seems to have developed some fear of being alone with him. On top of this drama, the two weird women next door just won’t leave him alone. […]

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Old Joy

Old Joy

| November 3, 2006

On the basis of her excellent 1995 feature River of Grass and this, her first film since, I’m ready to declare Kelly Reichardt an essential voice in American filmmaking, and apparently I’m not alone. I am now reading scores of reviews that mention her ’95 feature, a wonderfully subversive road movie that freshly spun the […]

Babel

Babel

| November 3, 2006

Welcome to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s third feature, Babel–or, as I like to call it, Whammy Bear: The Movie–wherein every five minutes the screen freezes and a cartoon Whammy Bear (I call this one Sir Whammerson III) pops up and yells out, “WHAMMY!” The Whammy Bear always rears his head in an Iñárritu film, and while […]