Archive for March, 2008

Teeth

Teeth

| March 31, 2008

When a film takes as many elements from different genres as Teeth, it usually winds up as a derivative mess. But occasionally, as is the case with this film, you find something original. Using bits of ’50s sci-fi films, Cronenberg-style body horror, low-brow slapstick, splatter film excess, teen sex comedies and pointed feminist satire, writer-director […]

Meet the Browns

Meet the Browns

| March 31, 2008

Tyler Perry has managed to foster a cult-like status among the Black community, and I would venture to say particularly among Black women. His urban theater circuit productions continue to sell out throughout the country, and his latest movie Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns is a feature length film of a previous theater offering. In […]

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Thandie Newton Plays It Straight

Thandie Newton Plays It Straight

| March 31, 2008

Thandie Newton laughs when asked about the challenge of playing straight girl to Simon Pegg in the David Schwimmer-directed romantic farce Run Fatboy Run. “David made a note to me, ‘Thandie, he left you at the altar pregnant.’ ‘I know, but he’s just so funny,’ because I just would forgive him anything, even when he’s […]

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Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy Run

| March 31, 2008

Most Americans’ experience with Run Fatboy Run‘s star and co-writer, Simon Pegg, has been with the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, which he made with co-star Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. Fans of these films may be disappointed to learn that Run Fatboy Run is more of a basic comedy, albeit […]

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Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor

| March 29, 2008

Owen Wilson is usually a sure thing. The previews for this film were funny, like Superbad: The Early Years. Unfortunately, the fact remains that this movie is not funny. Steven Brill’s Drillbit Taylor features the same three basic characters from Superbad–the tall, skinny guy, the little guy, and the short, mouthy, and, shall we say, […]

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Grand Wheel

Grand Wheel

| March 27, 2008

In his experimental short, independent filmmaker Gavin Heffernan (Expiration), addresses the seemingly futile efforts of the current anti-war movement in the United States. Reminiscent of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi in that it solely employs silent documentary footage with musical accompaniment, this six-minute documentary is expertly shot and accompanied by the fitting, but unfortunately titled tune, “Washing […]

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Simon Pegg ‘Beams Up’ to Hollywood

Simon Pegg ‘Beams Up’ to Hollywood

| March 27, 2008

Simon Pegg would be the first to admit that his newfound Hollywood and international fame is nothing short of a miracle. “You know, when we made Shaun of the Dead, we didn’t sit there thinking, ‘All right, let’s take America’; we just wanted to make a zombie film, and we wanted to make it as […]

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Dark Harvest 3: Scarecrow

Dark Harvest 3: Scarecrow

| March 26, 2008

Obviously, no one learned from the mistake that was Dark Harvest. Or the even bigger mistake that was Dark Harvest 2. And since we’re all doomed to repeat history that we don’t learn from, let’s plunge on into the history that seems to repeat itself–this time, about a land grab that ends, not surprisingly, poorly. […]

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The Vice – The Complete First Season

The Vice – The Complete First Season

| March 23, 2008

The very first shot of this British series offers the terrified visage of a prostitute being raped. In the face of my personal distaste for the apathy typical of American series such as CSI and its spin-offs, this did not bode well (and that’s all I’ll say about The Vice‘s disgusting American counterparts in this […]

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Rasha Drachkovitch & The Lockup

Rasha Drachkovitch & The Lockup

| March 23, 2008

I was recently introduced to the show Lockup, detailing life in maximum security prisons, and found it completely fascinating. Having always been interested in true crime and having had a family member involved as a victim in a violent crime, watching Lockup made me look at prisons a little differently than just a warehouse for […]

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