Archive for February, 2008

David Gordon Green Goes from Indie to Mainstream

David Gordon Green Goes from Indie to Mainstream

| February 27, 2008

David Gordon Green has emerged as a director who takes risks, from Undertow to his latest film, Snow Angels. Based on the acclaimed novel, Snow Angels deals with a myriad of characters dealing with emotional fragility and tragedy. Kate Beckinsale stars as a single mother dealing with the emotional problems of her ex-husband, played by […]

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Be Kind, Rewind

Be Kind, Rewind

| February 27, 2008

Great films often speak great truths, but they can also whisper beautiful lies. According to Michel Gondry, the beating-heart visionary behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, those lies can be valuable, too. The heroes of Gondry’s brain-teasing fantasias are dreamers and poets of the unreal: in Sunshine, Joel reshapes […]

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Vantage Point

Vantage Point

| February 26, 2008

Wow. We’re now on the verge of March and Hollywood still has nothing decent to show for 2008. With the exception of Rambo, the first half of the year thus far has been a vast wasteland of wretched cinema that has sunk so low it would even drive Helen Keller mad. Check this list out: […]

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Dead Cool

Dead Cool

| February 26, 2008

I should have known when the first scene occurred at a home bris, or the Jewish circumcision ritual, narrated by the baby receiving the circumcision this British film was destined to be crammed with weirdness. Dead Cool explores a seemingly universal struggle of developing and combining the “new age family,” mixed with stepbrothers and sisters, […]

Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane

Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane

| February 26, 2008

Okay…”Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane” sounds like a horrible, horrible idea. Like someone at New Line decided, several months too late, to cash in on the surprising success of “Snakes on a Plane.” Meanwhile, “Flight of the Living Dead” seems to be mostly about a flight about to be overrun by […]

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The Signal

The Signal

| February 23, 2008

Television is really taking a beating lately as the scapegoat for a lot of society’s ills. Last week George Romero turned his zombies and his satirical sights on television–along with other forms of media–with Diary of the Dead. This week, we have The Signal, a semi-experimental indie from the writing-directing triumvirate of David Bruckner, Dan […]

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles

| February 22, 2008

The Spiderwick Chronicles is Hollywood’s new attempt to woo you, yes, you–the reluctant spectator and fan of fairy tales and fantasy epics that you first read in books a long time ago. It was a time of magic, an era fabricated by the evildoers at the Walt Disney Company, who brought to life a termite-infested […]

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Joe Louis

Joe Louis

| February 20, 2008

HBO’s new documentary showcasing one of the boxing world’s greatest, Joe Louis shows so much more of his story than we know–that is, those of us that are young enough to have not been around when he was in his heyday. Throughout this documentary, we not only get to see what made him a legend; […]

Invasion

Invasion

| February 19, 2008

You’ve got to be concerned about anything that purports to be “based on true / reported events.” “Invasion” will prove to be one more example. Based on something called “The Lawton Outbreak”, a report by someting called the N.S.A.A-C.D.C, “Invasion” details the events surrounding a meteor that strikes the earth’s surface just outside a small […]

Romero Returns from the Dead

Romero Returns from the Dead

| February 17, 2008

George A. Romero is an iconic master of a genre he really helped to master. Four decades on, Romero is back with another zombie movie. Thiis one revolves around a group of young film students who run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own. One would think the filmmaker was always […]

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