Archive for October, 2007

Brutal

Brutal

| October 30, 2007

There’s a lot of things you can say about “Brutal.” One look at the box practically screams “Torture porn ahead!” The plot synopsis on the back is no help at all. But once you get past the heavily flawed box, what you find inside is a strange little package of ups and downs, of what […]

Saw IV

Saw IV

| October 29, 2007

When the first Saw become surprisingly successful, a psychological horror film along the lines of Se7en, there wasn’t a single moviegoer who thought a sequel would be a good idea. And yet, something in the slick design of the film’s gruesome horror sequences (gimmicks like those from Final Destination, but far more plausible in their […]

Mandylor Sees Blood

Mandylor Sees Blood

| October 29, 2007

Australian actor Costas Mandylor is under no illusions that when you sign onto a Saw franchise, you’re not playing Hamlet. Playing a cop on the hunt for Jigsaw in the fourth instalment of the hit franchise, his character appeared briefly in the third film. “At some point I was introduced to the director and he […]

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Amanda Peet on Motherhood, Marriage, and Martian Child

Amanda Peet on Motherhood, Marriage, and Martian Child

| October 29, 2007

Amanda Peet, who won critical acclaim in the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, admits that despite an extensive career behind her, the actress, next seen opposite John Cusack in Martian Child, finds it consistently challenging to find interesting women to play. “It’s getting tougher and tougher, unless you’re really an A-list star, so […]

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Seinfeld Discovers His Inner Bee

Seinfeld Discovers His Inner Bee

| October 29, 2007

It would be fair to say that Jerry Seinfeld, multi-millionaire, stand up comic and iconic TV star, has finally discovered his inner bee. Dressed in a dark suit, the co-creator of the now-classic TV series Seinfeld, has ventured into movies, as co-writer, co-producer and lead voice of Bee Movie. At which point did he decide […]

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Lost Book of Nostradamus

Lost Book of Nostradamus

| October 29, 2007

In 16th Century France, there lived a man who is reported to have been able to see the future through astrology and divination. This man is said to have predicted the coming of Napoleon, Hitler and even the attacks on the World Trade Center, but there are many skeptics of this man’s work. His name […]

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The Sarah Silverman Program – Season 1

The Sarah Silverman Program – Season 1

| October 29, 2007

If Sarah Silverman were a male, I am convinced that she would have a much larger name recognition for doing the same work. Because she is a female comic in a male dominated world, she has to be doubly funny to get noticed. The season one DVD of The Sarah Silverman Program shows the versatility […]

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Playroom

Playroom

| October 29, 2007

In recent years, the term “torture porn” has been used to describe horror films that linger lovingly over the brutality inflicted on their characters (think Saw, Hostel, the remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes and their many, many sequels). I guess it was just a matter of time until somebody made […]

Rendition

Rendition

| October 29, 2007

What if someone disappears in a foreign country, and no matter where you reach out for help, you either encounter dead ends or more red tape? What if you begin to realize the people responsible are none other than your own country? That’s the situation Reese Witherspoon is presented with in Rendition, and the frightening […]

Black Irish

Black Irish

| October 29, 2007

Family is the gauntlet we pass through from childhood into adulthood. It’s what defines us. It’s also what we have to break free from in some fashion–either dramatic or not–to become wholly realized as individuals. Yet that rite of passage is freighted with the knowledge that breaking free of it never fully happens. Where we […]

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