Archive for March, 2007

300

300

| March 14, 2007

300 is the latest in a series of a new genre that I call “animated realism.” Breakthroughs in filmmaking and special effects now allow for comic book adaptations that match the visual flair and nuances of their source material. Not just films like Sin City (which Frank Miller also wrote and stylized) but works like […]

Re-Animator

Re-Animator

| March 13, 2007

Okay, you’re gonna want to brace yourselves, because I’m in full-bore fanboy mode right now. This is one of the great horror movies of our era, brought back as one of Anchor Bay’s many salvage missions. Way back in the depths of 1985, which is actually before the time of a lot of horror buffs, […]

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Evan Almighty

Evan Almighty

| March 11, 2007

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this [is the fashion] which thou shalt make it [of]: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it […]

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Boy Culture

Boy Culture

| March 8, 2007

Taking nearly ten years to prepare for production, the long wait was worth the final product. Boy Culture is a film of the queer genre that is uniquely about male homosexuality and male characters who deal with typically masculine difficulties. X (Derek Magyar), an escort, is, at first, defined by his “career,” as he would […]

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Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan

| March 8, 2007

Derived from a Blind Lemon Jefferson song written in 1927, Black Snake Moan, directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow), is not about race. Hosting an equally balanced cast of working-class Tennessee blacks and whites, Brewer turns away from the more common whites-school-blacks narrative and reverses stereotypical racial roles, telling a story of hope. Deeply […]

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The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

| March 6, 2007

Just as there are countless flopped film adaptations of novels, a CG attempt of the timeless short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, runs into equal troubles. Despite The Simpsons and SpongeBob’s effective parodies, supposedly there have been 20 film or television versions of Poe’s psychological thriller– none apparently memorable. Regardless, Swertfager’s trailer is intriguing but also […]

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Days of Glory

Days of Glory

| March 6, 2007

The splashy one-sheet for Days of Glory boldly promises a “true story so controversial, it couldn’t be told until now!” What a shrewd (if vaguely specious) approach to advertising Rachid Bouchareb’s modest think-piece of a war picture. That provocative tagline refers to the real-life political victory the Algerian film has allegedly sparked. Responding empathetically to […]

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Machine

Machine

| March 6, 2007

The Press Release says: MTI Home Video, the largest independent home entertainment studio, along with their Studio Partner, Artist View Entertainment, will release the crime drama Machine on DVD March 6, 2007. The film is the first drama to be executive produced by the pair. Past productions include the horror films Arachnia, and Ice Queen, […]

Zodiac

Zodiac

| March 6, 2007

At one point in David Fincher’s latest, Zodiac, Melanie (played by Chloë Sevigny) confronts her husband, Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist and puzzle enthusiast, over his obsession with the Zodiac case. It is Robert Graysmith’s account of the case and those involved that is the source material for the film. Graysmith is […]

Planetfall

Planetfall

| March 6, 2007

One of those great rarities, the science fiction / western hybrid, comes roaring out of Heretic with “Planetfall,” a movie as good as it is rare. “Planetfall” is simple enough at its roots–basically, a handful of factions are after the last known stockpile of Psylenol, a drug that gives people psychic powers. Enough of this […]