Archive for July, 2007

Dreamland

Dreamland

| July 31, 2007

There are some movies that let you know very early on what kind of ride you’re in for. Whether it’s a whole lot of explosions or a whole lot of dead bodies or a whole lot of laughs, sometimes you just know what you’re in for before the whole thing really gets firing up. “Dreamland” […]

Hello, Mr. Zombie: An Interview with the Director of ‘Halloween’

Hello, Mr. Zombie: An Interview with the Director of ‘Halloween’

| July 26, 2007

Everyone at this point knows I love Rob Zombie, how influenced by his art I’ve been, and how excited I was to finally get to talk with him. I watched the minutes tick by on the clock, waiting for my phone to ring, and then it did. I let it ring once, to not appear […]

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The Company

The Company

| July 26, 2007

Considering our country’s current activities in the politics of other nations, there could not be a better time for this mini-series. It gives us a dramatized accounting of the formative era of the Cold War; formative because of the emergence of the CIA as a player in the arena of world politics, and the maneuvering […]

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Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act

Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act

| July 26, 2007

In Prime Suspect 7, Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison faces the most difficult challenges of her professional career and personal life when her father is hospitalized with terminal cancer while she descends deeper and deeper into depression and alcoholism. As if that weren’t enough, she faces imminent retirement and finds a surprising ally and mentor in […]

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Hairspray

Hairspray

| July 25, 2007

There is a sweet naïveté about a teenager like Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonksy), who greets the rat infested streets of her city singing, “Good morning, Baltimore,” but other than the rodents and the town flasher (cameo by John Waters), nothing is as seedy or dingy about this film’s version of the setting. There remains little […]

I Know Who Killed Me

I Know Who Killed Me

| July 25, 2007

What happens when bad things happen to good movies? Take the case of I Know Who Killed Me, an entertaining little mystery with heavy dollops of graphic horror. By now, everyone in the western hemisphere with a TV or Internet connection has heard of Lindsay Lohan’s latest troubles. While I don’t wish to make light […]

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Comic-Con 2007–Day 1

Comic-Con 2007–Day 1

| July 25, 2007

San Diego is abuzz with tens of thousands of fans dressed in a variety of odd costumes, braving an intense San Diego heat to be a part of the biggest comic book convention on the planet. Day 1, the official start to Comic Con, began not with the usual whimper but with a bang. While […]

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Able Edwards

Able Edwards

| July 24, 2007

I could start this off with a really convoluted “What do you get when you cross” joke, but frankly, I’d just wind up looking insane. And I have “Able Edwards” to blame for that. Because, you see, “Able Edwards” has decided to just completely blow my mind by giving me a retro-science-fiction style version of […]

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Sunshine

Sunshine

| July 22, 2007

Sunshine may be a science-fiction flick, but its core is that of a natural disaster on par with Deep Impact, and the emotion is right up there with that of the similarly claustrophobic and aesthetically pleasing independent, Cube. It’s a merging of the kinds of big-budget special effects that make a tidal wave of solar […]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

| July 22, 2007

My yardstick for judging the effectiveness of a film about magic, fantasy, special effects and thrilling, engaging story lines, is how often I am moved to say, with absolute, unfettered glee, “Wow…that was reeeally cool.” Given that yardstick, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the newest offering in the J.K. Rowling’s mega-franchise, falls […]

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