Archive for December, 2008

An American Carol

An American Carol

| December 31, 2008

This is the best I can say for writer/director David Zucker’s An American Carol: if you agree with the film’s confusing political stance, or enjoyed the third and fourth installments of the Scary Movie franchise, you will probably enjoy An American Carol. Also, Kelsey Grammar is really funny, but that was established some years ago. […]

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Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

| December 31, 2008

Director Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir is a documentary about the lives of Israeli soldiers fighting in the First Lebanon War. The war ended with the massacre of thousands of Palestinians living the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by the Christian Phalangist militia. The film follows Folman as he talks with those he knew back […]

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Ari Folman on Waltz with Bashir

Ari Folman on Waltz with Bashir

| December 31, 2008

Here’s a challenge: create a feature length animated film with only eight animators and do it without resorting to rotoscope or stick figures. Impossible, right? Not for Ari Folman, the producer, director and writer of Waltz with Bashir. We speak with him about film, animation, and of things to come. Neko Pilarcik: So I’d like […]

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The Day The Earth Stood Still

The Day The Earth Stood Still

| December 31, 2008

The original 1951 version of the Day the Earth Stood Still, was considered by Arthur C. Clarke and the American Film Institute to be among the top ten best Science Fiction films of all time. It was also selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The […]

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Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat

Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat

| December 30, 2008

It’s not every day I get to use phrases like “forgotten art form” or “horror western”, so I have to eat a bit of crow here and thank Lions Gate, who often winds up as my whipping boy in pieces like this, for routing me a copy of Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat. It truly […]

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

| December 30, 2008

There is something about a good film that makes even the most restless of people forget where or who they are – at least for a brief moment. We escape and become in a strange way a part of the story that is on screen. Unfortunately, a good film does not come about everyday. A […]

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

| December 29, 2008

PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre brings us the latest adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic tale of destructive love. This was Emily’s only novel, but it remains a classic of the gothic romance genre, and has yet to be remade absolutely true to the book. This version was adapted by Peter Bowker, British screenwriter whose previous work includes […]

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Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

| December 28, 2008

I was worried that maybe after Pursuit of Happiness Will Smith was becoming too pretentious like maybe he couldn’t make a movie anymore unless it had extreme humanitarian implications, so seeing the previews of Seven Pounds, I wondered if he was really searching with this one. In the previews, Smith’s character tells us that in […]

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Table for two at HBO’s Le Cirque Table in Heaven

Table for two at HBO’s Le Cirque Table in Heaven

| December 28, 2008

Le Cirque Table in Heaven Premiers on HBO Monday, December 29th at 8pm My take: 4 stars Le Cirque Table in Heaven invites us to a behind the scenes biting reality of an iconic New York family owned and operated business. The family is the Maccioni’s with Sirio as the patriarch with his three sons […]

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YES MAN

YES MAN

| December 28, 2008

YES MAN by Neal Fischer The film YES MAN is credited with being based on the memoir of the same name by writer Danny Wallace. The basic concept of the film is about a man who says ‘no’ to life. Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, a man who is recently single and has been working […]