Archive for April, 2008

Deal

Deal

| April 19, 2008

Riding in on the coattails of the recent success of blackjack movie 21, Deal provides audiences with an excruciating 86-minutes of indefensible filmmaking. The best analogy I came up with is that Deal is to card movies as Joe Estevez is to the Estevez/Sheens. The only difference is that you could secure Joe Estevez cheaper […]

Strange Culture

Strange Culture

| April 19, 2008

So far, the 21st century seems to be the century of apathy. We ignore so efficiently that it takes something really dramatic for people to pay attention. A news story is no longer nearly enough, even for a really spectacular fuck-up, and for this reason I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard the story […]

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Google Me

Google Me

| April 19, 2008

What do you get when you join four American men, one Scotsman, one Irishman and one Aussie? For the answer to this, plus a great movie based on a mere “surf of the web,” you’ll have to watch YouTube’s April 25th premiere of Google Me. Google Me stars none other than Jim Killeen, Jim Killeen, […]

Morgan Spurlock’s Hunt for Osama

Morgan Spurlock’s Hunt for Osama

| April 17, 2008

Though it took him fourteen months to recover from eating McDonald’s for 30 days after making his documentary Super Size Me (2004), filmmaker Morgan Spurlock gained more than just 25 pounds and a 40% increase in his cholesterol count–he earned critical kudos, comparisons to Michael Moore, the Best Director award at the 2004 Sundance Film […]

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Ms. Snow Scares Up a Storm

Ms. Snow Scares Up a Storm

| April 17, 2008

From the time she burst on the scene in the acclaimed TV series American Dreams, beautiful Brittany Snow has had nothing less than a diverse, full-on career. Brittany Anne Snow was born on March 9, 1986, in Tampa, Florida, and was modeling for print ads by the time she was just three years old. She […]

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Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl

| April 17, 2008

What’s wrong with a grown man with a life sized doll on his arm as he attends church? Absolutely nothing–that is, if you live in the small town depicted in Lars and the Real Girl. Call me crazy, but if I were to encounter a man who believed a blow up doll, complete with suggestively […]

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Street Kings

Street Kings

| April 17, 2008

The trailer for Street Kings, narrated by the throaty Don LaFontaine (or a reasonable facsimile), prepares us for an visual assault: “On the streets of L.A., every cop wants justice, but how they get it is what sets them apart.” The action and scrolled text assure us of the aforementioned beating: “Their city. Their rules. […]

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Lake Dead

Lake Dead

| April 16, 2008

Well, the Broken Clock Theory does have its obverse–while it may be right twice a day, it’s still wrong plenty of others, and Lake Dead is going to be one of those. You would think that the upshot to the After Dark Horrorfest is that even the worst movie in the rotation is still pretty […]

The Psychology of Superheroes

The Psychology of Superheroes

| April 14, 2008

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes us love some superheroes so much? Why their quirks or personal agendas appeal to you or me, specifically? Ever ponder the mental state of someone who needs to adopt an alter ego in order to get something done or to hide something about them? That’s the […]

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Cranford

Cranford

| April 14, 2008

Perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are often of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Cranford is a sleepy 1840s English village brought to life with […]