Archive for December, 2006

Miss Potter

Miss Potter

| December 31, 2006

I am a fan of period pieces. Films set in England before The War. Or the United States when the country was young and its leaders were not so full of themselves that they would start a useless war. For that reason, I was very much looking forward to Miss Potter, the story of author […]

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Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation

| December 31, 2006

If one were to compile a list of the most radical filmmakers working today–the political provocateurs and counter-cultural firebrands of our time–it’s a pretty safe bet that you wouldn’t find Richard Linklater near the top of it. A sardonic, Gen-X beat-poet, the writer-director of Dazed and Confused and subUrbia has always put character and conversation […]

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Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal

| December 31, 2006

There are many things to talk about in the second Richard Eyre-directed, Judi Dench-starring film: the personality of Judi Dench’s character, her relationship with co-star Cate Blanchett, Blanchett’s relationship with a student and her husband. With so much going on, I found myself watching with rapt attention. In the trailer, we learn that Dench (Shakespeare […]

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Children of Men

Children of Men

| December 27, 2006

From the naturalism of Y tu mamá también to the dark fantasy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakban, Alfonso Cuarón has always been a vivid director, with shots so tight they hug off the screen and angles so crisp they demand every ounce of tension from a scene. His latest film, Children of […]

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Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

| December 27, 2006

‘Twas the 25th of December and all through the mall, Ran hundreds of celebrants, fresh from opening their haul. What movie would they chose to grab relatives and go? Clearly it was Dreamgirls and I ended up in the last row. Well heck, I am not really a poet – which is why I write […]

Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

| December 27, 2006

A few months ago, I sat in the back row of a large theater and saw Flags of Our Fathers. Even though I had a few hundred people in front of me, I was completely captivated by Clint Eastwood’s handling of the battle in World War II that brought the war to Japanese homeland soil. […]

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We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall

| December 27, 2006

If you are hoping to see a movie that will uplift you and reaffirm your faith in the human spirit this holiday season, you should probably roll the dice on Rocky Balboa or Pursuit of Happyness. While at times a very moving film, We Are Marshall, directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels), never quite reaches the […]

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Zombie Nation

Zombie Nation

| December 26, 2006

Ulli Lommel makes a zombie film this time around, and manages to do more damage to the genre than anyone before him. And what Ulli’s dug up this time involves a serial killing cop who’s got a thing for the young ladies. It’s especially useful that his old army buddies down at the precinct are […]

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Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

| December 23, 2006

At last, after 20 long years, the Italian Stallion returns to the ring. The concept of a Rocky VI could’ve been turned into a complete disaster, given the fact that Stallone is now 60 years old. Thankfully, Rocky Balboa pulls all the right punches and allows the series to go out with class and style […]

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Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

| December 23, 2006

We have all imagined it. When walking through a mannequin-filled department store or maybe a museum of natural history. “I wonder if these things could come alive when no one is around.” In 1987, the second of these possibilities was investigated in Mannequin. This holiday season, it is the museum. Ben Stiller stars as Larry […]

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