Archive for August, 2008

Terror in the Aisles at the Portage Theater

Terror in the Aisles at the Portage Theater

| August 27, 2008

The horror-obsessed masses of Chicago joined host, Rusty Nails, once again for a 14-hour marathon of monsters and murder (topped only by the 24-hour Music Box Massacre in October). For those of us crazy enough (or stupid enough, I’ll admit it) to attend multiple day-long movie marathons, Terror in the Aisles was somehow easier and […]

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Class of 1999

Class of 1999

| August 27, 2008

You know, with all the sputtering about declining test scores and assorted whatnot revolving around the state of education in this country, all the naysayers really need to pop themselves some popcorn, settle in for a movie, and watch Class of 1999, if for no other reason than to see how good we actually have […]

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

| August 27, 2008

Following last year’s staggering failure, Cassandra’s Dream, Woody Allen woos audiences again with this dramedy starring Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Penelope Cruz. Trading his recent setting of England for Spain, Allen’s style settles comfortably into the landscapes of the sweeping Spanish villas that house Allen’s typical bourgeois Americans and tortured Spanish artists. The film […]

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Death Race

Death Race

| August 27, 2008

How is it that Paul W.S. Anderson is still allowed to make movies? You’d think people would have caught on to him after he released a string of video game movies that failed to adhere even marginally to the games’ storylines. But that is not the case. He’s still out there, scuttling in the dark […]

Sixty Six

Sixty Six

| August 23, 2008

What can be more important in a young Jewish boy’s life than his Bar Mitzvah? And what can be more important for long-suffering British football fans than for their team to reach the World’s Cup Final in 1966? These two events singly are worth celebrating; but when they coincide on the same day, it’s a […]

The Longshots

The Longshots

| August 23, 2008

One thing that I can say about rapper/actor Ice Cube’s business acumen is that he’s managed to break away from his cult-status trio of early films (Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next) and move toward his current delightful family film that appeals to the masses. The Longshots stars KeKe Palmer, who plays Jasmine Plummer, and […]

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Phantasm IV: Oblivion

Phantasm IV: Oblivion

| August 19, 2008

Well, this is it, folks. At least possibly. Ignore for a moment the swirling rumors around the upcoming Phantasm V, which even Angus Scrimm describes as so far-fetched that we shouldn’t “hold our breath” to get our hands on. For the time being–and likely for all time–this is the last Phantasm in the Phantasm series, […]

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Rumer Has It – Willis Offspring Heading for Stardom

Rumer Has It – Willis Offspring Heading for Stardom

| August 18, 2008

In her first major film role, the bubbly comedy The House Bunny, Rumer Willis–daughter of Bruce and ex-wife Demi Moore–plays something of an outsider in a sorority that caters for the outsider until an ex-Playboy bunny shows up and teaches them how to evolve. For Willis, there was always a sense of inevitability that she […]

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Anna Plays House Bunny

Anna Plays House Bunny

| August 18, 2008

Anna Faris jokingly says that she prepared to play a Playboy bunny by having “slept with Hef, but I’ll dispel that rumor right now.” The bubbly actress has been on Hollywood’s comic periphery now for almost a decade, since breaking out in the Scary Movie series. These days, the confident actress felt it about time […]

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Pam Brady and Andrew Fleming Team Up to Bring ‘Hamlet 2’ to Life

Pam Brady and Andrew Fleming Team Up to Bring ‘Hamlet 2’ to Life

| August 18, 2008

When you combine a frequent contributor to South Park (Pam Brady) with one of the most interesting young directors in Hollywood (Andrew Fleming, Dick), you tend to end up with a sequel to Hamlet. Both are original and rebellious in a town defined by a sense of sameness, and when one talks to the pair, […]

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