Archive for May, 2007

Chalk

Chalk

| May 31, 2007

Pop those books back open; it’s time to go back to school, a place where time is recorded by the weeks, days, minutes, and seconds to the next holiday. Chalk has none of the dry, cough-inducing dangers of its subject: instead, Mike Akel’s docucomedy is a nice, intentionally awkward look at how teachers cope with […]

Knocked Up

Knocked Up

| May 31, 2007

I saw the trailers for Knocked Up and had that sinking feeling that I was seeing the funniest parts of it right there. It happens all the time, right? And with these “cute” little romantic comedies, it’s more frequent. After seeing the movie, I am wondering how they limited themselves to a two-minute trailer. Knocked […]

Drive Thru

Drive Thru

| May 29, 2007

“Drive Thru” is going to be one of the best cases of grand theft movie you’ve ever seen. In the scenic and wholly boring, at least to its teenage denizens, Orange County suburbia of Blanca Carne (White Meat! Ha!), something’s going very wrong for some of those teenage denizens. Namely, they’re getting killed. And in […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

| May 26, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End isn’t only a movie with a long-ass title… it was also the longest, most excruciatingly painful movie I’ve ever had to sit through. Watching this flick was like having sex with a fat, ugly chick–messy, all over the place and in need of some serious trimming. Perhaps I’m […]

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Bug

Bug

| May 26, 2007

To say that William Friedkin has been something of an uneven filmmaker in his long career might be an understatement. For every triumph like The French Connection or The Exorcist, there’s an unmitigated disaster in films like Cruising and Jade. But nothing he has done can prepare the viewer for the glorious mess that is […]

The Closer – Season 3

The Closer – Season 3

| May 26, 2007

The Closer ranks as advertisement-supported cable television’s highest rated series ever. A police procedural, it was a surprise hit when it premiered during the summer of 2005. In a medium dominated by crime procedurals like CSI and Law & Order, The Closer distinguished itself from its peers and found a loyal following. Based on the […]

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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

| May 25, 2007

A world, reddened by corruption and death, unite a family of thieves surviving in the slums of the Philippines. Nathan Lopez is Maxi – a gay pre-teen and the youngest of three sons living in a dilapidated apartment building with their father, a middle aged con artist. Victor is a policeman that befriends Maxi while […]

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amu

amu

| May 25, 2007

In this ambitious first feature film by director Shonali Bose, Kajori Roy (Konkona Sensharma) plays a 21-year-old east Indian woman who has lived in America since her adoption at the age of three. After her graduation from UCLA she decides to go back to the town where she was born and visit with her relatives. […]

Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield

Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield

| May 22, 2007

If you should be wandering your video store aisles, and you see a movie box assert that its contents are, in fact, “too terrifying for theatres,” you can be reasonably certain that they are not. Like that schmuck at the bar who won’t stop screaming about how great his job is and how cool his […]

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Shrek the Third

Shrek the Third

| May 20, 2007

Well, my two year old god daughter sat all the way through Shrek the Third, her second full-length movie ever (after Curious George), and at the end, she looked at us and said “More?” which is about the highest praise she can give anything projected on a screen. (See: “More Elmo.” “More Easter Bunny.” “More […]

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