Author Archive: lewicky.andrew

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Mr. Art Critic (2007)

Mr. Art Critic (2007)

| October 11, 2009

From the instant we meet him, M.J. Clayton (Bronson Pinchot, The Tale of Despereaux), is a colossal douchebag, driving the streets of Chicago while talking on his cell phone, treating some low-paid service employee like something he’s just scraped off of his shoe, upset about the sudden foot-shaped dent that has appeared in the driver’s […]

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

| September 12, 2009

I probably saw Bedknobs and Broomsticks as a child – my parents had a habit of dragging me to every new Disney thing that came out – but I never really remember much of it beyond the empty suits of armor marching around near the end, which had creeped me out. I hadn’t seen the […]

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Boot Camp (2007)

Boot Camp (2007)

| September 6, 2009

I came into Boot Camp with lowered expectations. It seemed to be just another teen exploitation drama, after all. Surprisingly, the content rose above the marketing and, in avoiding the black-and-white didacticism of most films that depict wronged teens struggling against mindless authority, there is actually a lot of substance here, with points made for […]

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Newcastle (2008)

Newcastle (2008)

| July 30, 2009

Despite featuring a talented and dedicated cast, and some well-shot and edited surfing footage, Newcastle doesn’t add up to much by the end, and it’s a shame because the material had some potential, beginning with various teen coming of age/sibling conflict/sports story clichés and then going in different directions. Unfortunately, everything is woefully underdeveloped, and […]

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Life on Mars (UK Series 1)

Life on Mars (UK Series 1)

| July 27, 2009

I’m not a big fan of cop shows, probably because the long tradition of American cop shows deals in black and white reality – the heroes chase the villains, and defeat them by the end. Apparently, the creators of the BBC’s Life on Mars were not fans of cop shows either, as revealed in one […]

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Van Wilder: Freshman Year

Van Wilder: Freshman Year

| July 14, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised by National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2001, reviewed elsewhere), which only had pretensions of being a college gross-out comedy under the then greatly devalued National Lampoon label, but which actually turned out to be, as I put it, “a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and worthwhile movie.” It was a nice surprise, and revealed […]

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Number 10

Number 10

| July 11, 2009

Acorn Media’s release of the 1983 British Series Number 10 is a tasty box of history for Anglophiles and history buffs, detailing the lives of seven prime ministers, some famous and some forgotten, in one hour costume dramas that manage to compress a lot of information into small packages. True, better known modern PMs are […]

Chuck

Chuck

| May 31, 2009

It was with great relief that I learned that NBC picked up Chuck for a third season, because this is, by far, one of the best shows on television. First off, it avoids being a police procedural or a medical drama or a reality show – in other words, it isn’t the same old crap. […]

Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

| May 24, 2009

I’ve been a huge fan of Seth MacFarlane’s work ever since the premiere of Family Guy ten years ago, by which I was instantly hooked. It took me a little longer to get into his follow-up series American Dad, but it eventually won me over as well. He has a unique sensibility that plays high […]

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State of Play

State of Play

| May 23, 2009

State of Play, the 2003 BBC produced series that inspired the recent motion picture, starts off running and doesn’t stop until the last frame. It begins with a bang – literally – which sets in motion a taut, complex game of cat-and-mouse between the press, police, politicians and various parties, both guilty and wronged, and […]

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