Archive for May, 2007

Tribeca Film Festival – 2007

Tribeca Film Festival – 2007

| May 12, 2007

Day 1 Well, this is another fine mess you’ve gotten me into, dear reader. Over 150 films and only eight days to see them all in. Using my careful “index” methodology (turn program guide, place finger down, see film), I’ve come up with a refreshing mix of not just the artsy Narrative films in this […]

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Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

| May 9, 2007

The third installment in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy is billed as the largest budgeted movie ever made and will destroy the box office with the largest opening weekend in movie history. The question is will audiences be satisfied with this third installment? The answer is…yes, I think audiences will be satisfied with Spiderman 3 but […]

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Blood Trails

Blood Trails

| May 8, 2007

“Blood Trails” is an excellent lesson in judging a book by its cover, or rather, why you shouldn’t engage in just such practices. Sure, they’ve got these bloody gear / sawblade things on the cover art and the first minute of footage just screams “torture porn!” at the top of its merry little lungs, but […]

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Civic Duty

Civic Duty

| May 5, 2007

In the 1970s, American disillusionment with the ongoing war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal led to a surge in dark, paranoid thrillers. Films like The Parallax View and The Conversation fed off the distrust that many people felt toward the federal government. In our current decade, circumstances are frustratingly similar to what happened a […]

Lucky You

Lucky You

| May 5, 2007

Let’s just say it now, right here at the top–poor Lucky You. It will forever be remembered as the picture that opened against Spider-Man 3. Man, what a distribution assignment. If I were director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, In Her Shoes), I’d want some elaborate means of compensation for taking one for the team in […]

Rapid Fear

Rapid Fear

| May 5, 2007

Six teenage strays, some parentless, all lawbreakers, are given the choice to remain locked up for 48 hours and, with another offense, be put in prison or to take a camping/rafting trip down a mountain. The bunch begrudgingly chooses to set forth on the expedition and learn that they must swallow their pride and work […]

Next

Next

| May 5, 2007

It’s kind of like Memento meets Switch meets Premonition meets that superhero who can split himself into several places at once. That’s how I found myself describing the new Nicolas Cage (Valley Girl, Peggy Sue Got Married) film, Next, where he plays Cris Johnson, a man with the ability to see his future two minutes […]

Red Mercury

Red Mercury

| May 1, 2007

Carl Sagan, in his groundbreaking PBS miniseries, Cosmos, once filled a large acrylic container with all of the elements that make up a human body–water, carbon, calcium, etc.–and gave it all a good stir. The result? Very nasty-looking water. The point? Just having all the right elements isn’t enough–you have to have them in the […]

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Fracture

Fracture

| May 1, 2007

Remember when you were a kid and you’d come inside from playing for the night and your parents would be watching some movie they rented that you glanced at, didn’t understand, and looked pretty boring, so you just left? Fracture is one of those movies. There are no explosions, no chase scenes, no nude scenes, […]

Waitress

Waitress

| May 1, 2007

You pull off the highway, after six hours of getting from here to there, and into a parking lot where the sign just says DINER. All you want is a break from the monotony, a couple cups of coffee, and a piece of whatever the server says is the blue-plate special. Only, to your surprise, […]