Archive for October, 2008

Mila Kunis Kicks Some Butt in ‘Payne’ Actioner

Mila Kunis Kicks Some Butt in ‘Payne’ Actioner

| October 21, 2008

Beautiful and funny Mila Kunis may be best known as the self-involved and outspoken Jackie Burkhart on That ’70s Show but the luminous actress established a prosperous career in acting before even graduating from high school. A native of Ukraine, Kunis also provided the voice for the character of Meg Griffin on the popular animated […]

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Kevin Smith Makes a Porno

Kevin Smith Makes a Porno

| October 21, 2008

Only iconic director Kevin Smith could get away with making a fromantic comedy of sorts with the title Zack and Miri Make a Porno, but that is precisely what ended up in the creative mind of one of America’s most original auteurs. On this film, Smith wrote, directed and edited the quirky comedy about two […]

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The Starter Wife

The Starter Wife

| October 21, 2008

This article is being reprinted on filmmonthly.com with permission of today.com, originally appearing on What’s Hot On TV. Watching a review copy of tonight’s premiere of The Starter Wife, I liked it enough to not want to give it just a generic review. I wanted it to mean something, but really couldn’t figure out the […]

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Interview With Debra Messing of ‘The Starter Wife’

Interview With Debra Messing of ‘The Starter Wife’

| October 21, 2008

We know Debra Messing mostly for her comedic roles, but participating in a conference call chat with her recently as she promoted the new series on USA, The Starter Wife, I found there’s a lot more going on there than comedy. She talks with hesitations often, assumably interested in getting her true meaning across each […]

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The Zone [La Zona] – 44th Chicago International Film Festival

The Zone [La Zona] – 44th Chicago International Film Festival

| October 20, 2008

In an astounding contrast of class, a group of young thieves venture into The Zone, an area in Mexico City where upper-class professionals have carved themselves out a utopia, free from crime, and only letting the underclass in as laborers. The hired help carry passes, which allow then entry behind the thick, iron door that’s […]

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The Wrestler – 44th Chicago International Film Festival

The Wrestler – 44th Chicago International Film Festival

| October 20, 2008

Many indie film lovers may wonder just where Mickey Rourke had gone, after having had some previous movie success. But he’s back, stronger than ever, as the lead, Randy “the Ram” Robinson, in The Wrestler. Rourke plays the role so well, that it’s hard to determine whether the wrestler in the movie is channeling Rourke […]

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Quarantine

Quarantine

| October 19, 2008

Even as the J-horror remake trend seems to be on its last legs with the box office failures of One Missed Call and Shutter, the practice of remaking recent foreign films so that the American audience doesn’t have to read subtitles continues with no end in sight. The latest example of this is Quarantine, an […]

Dance of the Dead

Dance of the Dead

| October 19, 2008

Dance of the Dead is one of those horror films that borrows liberally from various sources and jams them all together into something new. There are hints of classics in the zombie film canon: a bit of Cemetery Man to start off with, some clear references to Return of the Living Dead sprinkled about, and […]

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Faces of Death: 30th Anniversary Edition

Faces of Death: 30th Anniversary Edition

| October 19, 2008

If you grew up in the 1980s, chances are good that your local video store had Faces of Death (and its sequels) on the shelves. As an adolescent rite of passage, Faces of Death was hugely popular among young horror fans looking for the most disgusting, horrific images they could find. Once the slashers in […]

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Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York

| October 19, 2008

Because he’s such a reclusive figure, it’s temping to assign traits of his characters and films to Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman has managed to successfully avoid the press, appearing only once on The Charlie Rose Show in 2004 and otherwise keeping out of the spotlight entirely. So while we have the films he has written, and […]

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