Archive for September, 2007

Mummy Maniac

Mummy Maniac

| September 11, 2007

When I first slipped this into my DVD player, I thought I’d finally gone completely over the edge. It looked like yet another Ulli Lommel shitheap, with its poor video quality and its heavy dependence on gratuitious violence and gore. Not to mention the necessity of text crawls to advance the plot–it’s standard Lommel to […]

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Angels in the Dust

Angels in the Dust

| September 10, 2007

When most of us hear of a film, more than likely a documentary, about the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in Africa, it doesn’t seems as much as a shock as it would have ten years ago. With the many organizations asking for donations of food, clothes and/or money, it is all too easy to become sanitized […]

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Shoot ‘Em Up

Shoot ‘Em Up

| September 9, 2007

Let’s get serious here for a moment. Shoot ‘Em Up is all about the fun. Tongue-in-cheek, supremely way over the top, be forewarned; this is not a film that takes itself seriously. Which is what makes watching experienced actors like Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and Monica Bellucci that much more fun. Or, maybe it’s the […]

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Hatchet

Hatchet

| September 9, 2007

Hatchet is a “could’ve been” movie. It could’ve been fun, if it wasn’t for all those annoying characters. It could’ve been scary, if writer-director Adam Green didn’t seem to favor lame humor over atmosphere. It could’ve been bloodier, but…never mind, this flick couldn’t have splattered more of the red stuff if they set off a […]

Vanaja

Vanaja

| September 9, 2007

Vanaja, a beautifully crafted film, is a stunning directorial debut for Rajnesh Domalpalli. A natural storyteller, Domalpalli weaves back and forth between harsh realism and lyrical imagery as he reveals the disturbing practice of India’s caste system and its complex repercussions in the lives of all involved. Set in a small Indian village in the […]

Lilies

Lilies

| September 9, 2007

Lilies is an eight-part British television series which tells the coming-of-age tale of three Catholic sisters in post World War I Liverpool. The sisters are the outgoing Ruby (Kerrie Hayes), the conservative Iris (Catherine Tyldesley), and the risk-taking May (Leanne Rowe). Together with their father, Dadda, and brother Billy, the girls face the harsh reality […]

A Dance to the Music of Time

A Dance to the Music of Time

| September 9, 2007

This amazing British television series finally is released on DVD in the US. The story is about a group of friends in the British aristocracy from their early days at Eton school in the 1920s and progressing later into their lives as seen through the eyes of lead character Nicholas Jenkins. The story begins during […]

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Toronto Film Festival – 2007

Toronto Film Festival – 2007

| September 8, 2007

Toronto Film Festival Report – Part 1 The Toronto International Film Festival returns with one of its largest and most diverse programs to date. As stars come out for the annual event, the most prestigious film festival in North America, the indie and mainstream worlds collide with a vengeance. Over the next several days, one’s […]

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Broadbent on Fathers, Sons, ‘Potter,’ and ‘Indy’

Broadbent on Fathers, Sons, ‘Potter,’ and ‘Indy’

| September 5, 2007

Jim Broadbent is in Toronto to talk about his latest film, And When Did You Last See Your Father, but he had much to say about the new Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, as Paul Fischer discovered. Paul Fischer: This kind of character in And When Did You Last See Your Father must have been […]

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Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets

| September 4, 2007

Ever since you were a little kid, you were probably freaked out by what was moving–or what looked like it was moving–in your bedroom at night. That’s the joy of “Shadow Puppets,” taking the worst of the fear of the unknown and packaging it into movie form. Not to give too much away, but several […]

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