Archive for August, 2008

The Many Sides to Radha Mitchell

The Many Sides to Radha Mitchell

| August 14, 2008

Consistently diverse and beautiful Aussie actress Radha Mitchell effortlessly segues from indie character-based films, such as the Sundance favorite Henry Poole is Here, to upcoming big Hollywood movies that pit her against A-list heavyweights Antonio Banderas (The Code) and Bruce Willis (The Surrogates), yet she always has time to make films in her native Australia. […]

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Javier Bardem Philosophical on Post-Oscar Euphoria

Javier Bardem Philosophical on Post-Oscar Euphoria

| August 14, 2008

Javier Bardem may not exactly enjoy doing press, but there was no evidence of any such disdain as the gregarious and cheerful Spanish Oscar winner chatted about his starring role in the latest woody Allen, Barcelona-shot romantic comedy/drama, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the actor’s first major film since his Oscar-winning turn in No Country for Old […]

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Mr. Downey’s Thunderous Career

Mr. Downey’s Thunderous Career

| August 14, 2008

Robert Downey, Jr., must have expected a degree of controversy surrounding his latest role, playing an Australian actor who literally turns African-American for a role in a Vietnam War movie in the Ben Stiller-directed comedy Tropic Thunder. Wait a minute; did I mention he plays an Australian? “Here’s the thing: the original script had him […]

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The Cruz Factor

The Cruz Factor

| August 14, 2008

Penelope Cruz walks into a Beverly Hills hotel room wearing a stunning red dress, looking ravishing. Quietly reserved and ferociously guarded, Cruz is receiving strong reviews as the tempestuous ex-wife in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Cruz is also starring in the erotic adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Elegy and is about to join the star-studded […]

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Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

| August 14, 2008

The prophets have spoken–Ben Stiller will make an action comedy worthy of laughter. Although the film Zoolander was thrown into the abyss of slapstick limbo, it showed some promise. Tropic Thunder is a film directed and written by Ben Stiller. Do not fret–it does not feature the hated and revered supermodel from the past. By […]

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Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

| August 14, 2008

Let’s just get the disclaimer out of the way before we get any further into this review: If you have any kind of a moral or legal objection to the use of marijuana, this movie is not for you. But if you can get past that hurtle, there are a lot of laughs to be […]

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In Search of a Midnight Kiss

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

| August 14, 2008

In recent years, independent film has served up a slew of recycled stories about finding true love in a society full of apathy. So rarely do these films offer anything more than the same old formula of two 20-somethings walking around a cityscape, trading anecdotes and life lessons. Does this indie picture, about a screenwriter […]

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Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon

| August 14, 2008

Although visually impressive, Fly Me to the Moon is an exceptionally poor family film that has very little to offer parents and older children but stands to succeed based solely on the technical achievements of its 3D effects. That is not to say the film has nothing to offer, since transcripts of the Apollo 11 […]

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Eight Miles High [Das Wilde Leben]

Eight Miles High [Das Wilde Leben]

| August 14, 2008

Eight Miles High is not just a biopic about German model and revolution poster girl, Uschi Obermaier, but an attempt by the filmmakers to recreate that intangible essence of the 1960s and ’70s. The film appears to have succeeded magnificently in both respects, and not only garnered substantial success in Germany, its country of origin, […]

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Side Sho

Side Sho

| August 12, 2008

Just when I think that I can’t find any movie more condescending, unintentionally funny and cringe-inducing, along comes Lions Gate to show me how wrong I am. Lions Gate has introduced me to a whole lot of crap–from their amazingly dull direct to video pics to the horrible, horrible career of Ulli Lommel, it seems […]