Archive for May, 2008

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

| May 29, 2008

The first three minutes of Knock Knock, which basically revolve around someone playing ding-dong-ditch and following up this cheesy, childish little stunt by punching through what looks like a solid mahogany door leave me nonplussed at best. Sad to say, this low-budget shitstravaganza isn’t going to manage to follow up any better. The plot is […]

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In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

| May 29, 2008

USA’s new series In Plain Sight will prove to be a satisfactory diversion from the television network summer schedules packed with repeats. The opening of the show is reminiscent of other crime dramas, with the tense first few minutes playing out a scene identifying the protagonist and antagonist for that show. However, this is where […]

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

| May 29, 2008

After a very long wait, we finally have the fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series. At this point, Indiana Jones is getting a little long in the tooth, but looking at him onscreen in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he was looking pretty buff for a guy of his age, […]

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Storm

Storm

| May 28, 2008

This Swedish film is strongly rooted in comic books and video games, though it truly bears little resemblance to either medium. What opens with the promise of being an action film filled with bloody street brawls, turns out to be more of an examination of one man’s inability to feel (both emotionally and in a […]

The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

| May 26, 2008

Well, it’s been 37 years since audiences saw an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, and directors Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and Tony Scott (Top Gun, Numb3rs) decided it was about time they refresh our memories. Was this necessary? Probably not. Is it any good? Frankly… yes. It’s very enjoyable, if a little […]

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Bette Davis Centennial

Bette Davis Centennial

| May 26, 2008

The AMPAS presented a centennial tribute to Bette Davis on May 1st at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Hollywood. The tribute also was the kickoff for a month long retrospective of Davis’ career at LACMA. Impeccably hosted by TCM eminence Robert Osborne, the evening was structured around celluloid highlights of Bette Davis’ legendary career […]

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

| May 26, 2008

One of the more vivid of my childhood memories is linked to the first time I saw Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; you probably know instantly what I’m referring to. When the high priest tore out the still-beating heart of the sacrifice and lowered the screaming, now heartless man into a pool of […]

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Visions of Hell: The Films of Jim Van Bebber

Visions of Hell: The Films of Jim Van Bebber

| May 24, 2008

The term cult filmmaker gets thrown around far too casually these days. While there are no set rules as to what separates a cult director from his or her mainstream counterpart, it’s safe to say that when a director has been making features for over 20 years, and managed to spend 15 of those years […]

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Death Note

Death Note

| May 22, 2008

The Japanese film Death Note just ended its two-day limited engagement at select theaters around the country on May 20 and 21, 2008. The screenings were accompanied by a half hour of bonus, behind-the-scenes material about the story’s evolution from anime to live-action feature. The film will hit US retailers later this year on September […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

| May 21, 2008

My enthusiasm for this flick was not very high, because I didn’t really like or hate the first installment–it was just decent. Also, this trailer didn’t really do much for me. And you know what they say: your instinct is usually right. It was in this case. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian can be […]

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