Archive for April, 2008

Favreau Blasts Off with ‘Iron Man’

Favreau Blasts Off with ‘Iron Man’

| April 29, 2008

Jon Favreau has come a long way since his Swingers days. As a director, he has evolved as one of Hollywood’s most assured filmmakers. From Elf to the underrated Zathura: A Space Adventure, Favreau has learned to balance visual effects with story, character and a consistent sense of humor. Those elements are present in the […]

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Pool Party

Pool Party

| April 29, 2008

My “List of Unholy Films” just got longer. I believe that there is a Rule of Unholy Triumvirate in movies. To be on that list, a movie has to be 1) horrible, 2) poorly made and 3) one person has to do three of the following four tasks: produces, writes, directs and/or stars. The idea […]

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

| April 29, 2008

At long last, Rambo has been defeated for best movie of the year thus far. Facing stiff comedic competition from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Harold and Kumar are back in the most offensive, hilarious piece of cinema since Superbad. And yes, this is definitely one sequel that surpasses its original. I couldn’t have been more pleased […]

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13th Child–Legend of the Jersey Devil

13th Child–Legend of the Jersey Devil

| April 28, 2008

People are being killed, mysteriously, either by someone with superhuman strength, or by something with grisly powers. A clever Assistant D.A. is sent to investigate the puzzling case. The D.A.–along with his fellow investigators–attempts to figure out whether he is uncovering a series of perfect murders, or whether he is following the tracks of the […]

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Always the Silver Lining for Über Producer

Always the Silver Lining for Über Producer

| April 27, 2008

Joel Silver reteams with his Matrix directors to do something he has rarely attempted: a family film. Speed Racer. Emile Hirsch takes on the iconic title role as Speed Racer who is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized–the legendary Rex Racer, whose […]

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Wristcutters: A Love Story

Wristcutters: A Love Story

| April 27, 2008

As a general rule, I am not a big fan of romantic comedies. However, there are always exceptions to any rule–let’s say a film that claims to be “a love story” in its title has its protagonist committing suicide before the opening credits are even finished. That film has my attention right away. Wristcutters really […]

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Frostbitten

Frostbitten

| April 27, 2008

Let’s get this out of the way up front: Frostbitten has come to international attention due largely to the fact that it’s the first vampire film from Sweden. While that concept might automatically conjure up images of Bergman doing supernatural horror, Frostbitten is much more Scream than The Seventh Seal. Expectations might run high, but […]

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Pistoleros

Pistoleros

| April 27, 2008

When notorious criminal Frank Lowies and his gang pull off what should be their final score, they don’t expect things to go all to hell, but they do. But, before they get to jail, wily old tough-guy Frank was smart enough to hide the loot. Now, it’s seven years later–and everyone wants a piece of […]

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

| April 27, 2008

There are many places for an evil doer like Osama Bin Laden to hide: the land of Narnia, Oz, Jurassic Park or Middle Earth. Look closely enough, and he can be found on the back of a twenty dollar bill. Conspiracy theorists please pay attention! It is him–the man who has eluded the FBI for […]

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Cover

Cover

| April 27, 2008

Homosexuality in the black community had traditionally been a subject that was discussed in hushed tones, especially in the church. When more and more black names were added to the roster of AIDS deaths, then many churches began HIV ministries to create an atmosphere of awareness around this devastating disease. About four years ago, there […]