Author Archive: Wayne Case

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Lucky You

Lucky You

| May 5, 2007

Let’s just say it now, right here at the top–poor Lucky You. It will forever be remembered as the picture that opened against Spider-Man 3. Man, what a distribution assignment. If I were director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, In Her Shoes), I’d want some elaborate means of compensation for taking one for the team in […]

In the Land of Women

In the Land of Women

| April 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Jon Kasdan’s directorial debut, In the Land of Women, starring Adam Brody (The O.C.), Kristen Stewart (Panic Room), and Meg Ryan (You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle) has its heart in the right place and features some decent, understated performances, but it never really finds its feet and collapses under the weight of a story […]

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Disturbia

Disturbia

| April 15, 2007

If you don’t know who Shia Labeouf is, I think you will soon enough. Disturbia, directed by D.J. Caruso, is a prime showcase for this young actor; whose star is definitely on the rise in Hollywood. He’s the centerpiece of the film and drives it from start to finish. Labeouf debuted in the popular kids […]

Zodiac

Zodiac

| March 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

At one point in David Fincher’s latest, Zodiac, Melanie (played by Chloë Sevigny) confronts her husband, Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist and puzzle enthusiast, over his obsession with the Zodiac case. It is Robert Graysmith’s account of the case and those involved that is the source material for the film. Graysmith is […]

The Number 23

The Number 23

| March 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

I have to admit that this one hurt a little. Sometimes, as much as you don’t want them to, they just do. I truly wanted to like The Number 23. I had high hopes for Jim Carrey’s first thriller role. To be completely honest, I’m not sure Jim Carrey was the problem for me with […]

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Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics

| February 18, 2007

Romantic comedies often rely less on logic and more on charm. That’s the name of the game with movie love. That’s what we want as an audience–possibility, not reality. To think any differently would be to lie to our selves. With that being said, Music and Lyrics, the latest frothy cinematic concoction from writer/director Marc […]

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Breach

Breach

| February 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Breach, the latest film from director Billy Ray (Shattered Glass), is all about the personal cost of devotion–to family, God, and your country. Ray works this idea through the spy versus spy interplay of two FBI agents: an embittered veteran suspected by the Bureau of spying for the Russians and the young, idealistic Investigative Specialist […]

Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

| November 12, 2006

To tell you the truth, I’ve struggled for days with how to best start this review. The only thing I can think of right now is how I sat in my car after seeing this film and paused before turning the engine over, letting the seconds tick by with the late fall rain crashing down […]

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Haven

Haven

| September 29, 2006 | 0 Comments

I’m not surprised that Frank E. Flowers’ second picture, Haven, starring Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom, sat on the shelf for two years. It’s a fussy, heavy-handed technical disaster with a severely undercooked story. What I still can’t understand after seeing it, though, is how it ever saw the light of day. The studio exec […]

Factotum

Factotum

| September 3, 2006 | 0 Comments

“A slow day moving into a slow night…” Factotum, Bent Hamer’s adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s novel, is exactly that–a slow day moving into a slow night, and not much more. That line is from Bukowski’s work. It’s used as a lyric in the song over the closing credits of the film and it really couldn’t […]