Archive for June, 2007

Shadow Walkers

Shadow Walkers

| June 26, 2007

Okay, so we’ve all been here before. From the dim old days of Captain America all the way up to “28 Days Later,” we’ve been watching as various government programs try to genetically design the latest and greatest superhuman killing machines. Only occasionally does it actually work. “Shadow Walkers” will be one more hashmark in […]

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Once

Once

| June 25, 2007

There’s a little rumor going around that Once is the first great movie of the year. This is erroneous for two reasons, the first being that 2007 has already seen Zodiac, The Host, Knocked Up and even the Oscar-winning foreign-language film The Lives of Others enter release with varied fanfare. All of which, especially Fincher’s […]

You Kill Me

You Kill Me

| June 25, 2007

For a five-year stretch in the late ’80s to early ’90s, director John Dahl delivered three great indie-noirs with Kill Me Again, Red Rock West, and The Last Seduction. With major studio backing and a larger budget, he dropped his first creative bomb in the form of Unforgettable, an incomprehensible mess that was part sci-fi, […]

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A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart

| June 25, 2007

A Mighty Heart is framed by a voiceover from the film’s emotional core, Marianne Pearl (played by Angelina Jolie). In the opening segment, over brief titles and quick establishing shots, her words set the stage for the narrative to follow. She and her husband Daniel Pearl (played by Dan Futterman) are in Karachi, Pakistan, seeking […]

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1408

1408

| June 25, 2007

I was excited to see the very creepy trailer for this film when it came out a few months ago. I had heard that it was a Stephen King short story and that fact alone had me excited. One of my favorite films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, was based on a short story […]

Coma

Coma

| June 25, 2007

Of the many strengths that Liz Garbus displays as a filmmaker in her documentary Coma, it’s possible that the one that her audience will appreciate most, will be the one that they notice the least. Ms. Garbus, whether knowingly to or not, ever-so-subtly bridges what I see as the two traditions of what people think […]

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

| June 22, 2007

In a summer sardine-packed with sequels, one of the least anticipated of the bunch is Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. This is understandable. The previous film, based on the famous comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, was underwhelming, to say the least. It had decent action sequences and nice special effects, […]

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Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew

| June 22, 2007

As a kid, I read all the old-school Nancy Drew books, so naturally I was excited to see the latest film incarnation of the famous girl detective. First published in the 1930s under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, the Nancy Drew series has undergone frequent updating, including revising the type of car Nancy drives, upping the […]

Top 100 Films of All Time – As of June 2007

Top 100 Films of All Time – As of June 2007

| June 20, 2007

In reaction/response to the American Film Institute’s latest compilation of the Top 100 Films of all time, as televised 6/20/07, I have made my own list. My list is a combination of what I consider the best and what I like the most. These two criteria aren’t always the same for me. They are listed […]

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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

| June 19, 2007

Every so often, something comes along that makes me wonder how it managed to only go to video. Something that, while I’m glad to see it on shelves, really makes me shake my head in bafflement as I wonder how something so good got passed up for theatrical release. “Behind the Mask: The Rise of […]

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