Author Archive: Barry Meyer

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Good Luck Chuck

Good Luck Chuck

| September 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Anyone who is a fan of the lovely Jessica Alba should see this movie. She is an actress with chops and a knack for slap stick humor. Oh, yes, and she’s hot. This romantic comedy has an immature charm, crossing the lines of political correctness while attempting to earn a laugh. It doesn’t work. Its […]

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Punk’s Not Dead

Punk’s Not Dead

| July 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Punk’s Not Dead is a documentary that explores the history of a culture that was once deemed a menace to all. As bands like the Ramones and the Clash gained popularity, punk-rock music slithered out of basements and backyard bashes. Evil corporate-doers began listening, and this new musical movement became what it despised: a part […]

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True Bond

True Bond

| June 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

June 22, 2007–Encore will present a documentary about the man who inspired the 007 films. Fantasy or reality, only one man can distinguish the thin line that divide the two. Who is Dusko Popov–a secret agent during World War II or just a mere playboy probing for a quick thrill? Author Ian Fleming, the creator […]

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

| May 25, 2007

A world, reddened by corruption and death, unite a family of thieves surviving in the slums of the Philippines. Nathan Lopez is Maxi – a gay pre-teen and the youngest of three sons living in a dilapidated apartment building with their father, a middle aged con artist. Victor is a policeman that befriends Maxi while […]

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The 23rd Chicago Latino Film Festival

The 23rd Chicago Latino Film Festival

| February 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

Cara de queso–Mi primer gueto (Cheese Head) Cara de queso is a film about a Jewish boy named Ariel and his group of oddball friends trapped for the summer in a country club called, “El ciervo.” Ariel, also known as cheese head, attempts to survive in a bizarre world molded by strict Jewish standards. Director […]

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The Cube

The Cube

| May 4, 2006

For old school television nuts (like me), Jim Henson’s The Cube has been something of a Holy Grail. Before the days of the Internet, a video freak would really have to hunt through every video store backroom VHS bootlegger to find themselves a copy (of a copy of a copy’) of this original TV production. […]

Pray for the Wildcats

Pray for the Wildcats

| May 4, 2006 | 0 Comments

There’s a certain glib satisfaction one derives from watching one of Hollywood’s nice guys take on an uncharacteristically sinister role. It was a guilty thrill to see James Stewart put Kim Novak through his obsessive ringer; and when the lovable schlub Jackie Gleason took a perverse turn as the foul-mouthed Sheriff Buford T. Justice in […]

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It Waits

It Waits

| May 4, 2006 | 0 Comments

The usually exposed Cerina Vincent manages to keep her clothes on for the role of a troubled forest ranger stuck in her remote lookout tower deep in the wilderness. With only her nagging pet parrot and her nagging guilt over killing her best friend in a terrible car accident, Cerina drinks herself into a daily […]

All Soul’s Day

All Soul’s Day

| April 7, 2006 | 0 Comments

Well, by now you’ve pretty much had your fill of zombie stew, so just to add to the glut of walking dead flicks is All Souls Day (with the added parenthetical subtitle Dia de los Muertos tossed in to make it sound that much more intriguing), a cut and paste gore fest about a bunch […]

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White Dog

White Dog

| April 7, 2006 | 0 Comments

Blatancy is the new subtlety, it seems, in Hollywood movies. Take a subject like racism. Back 20 or 30 years ago, a movie wouldn’t flinch at depicting the everyday ignorance of everyday people (and likewise, the audience would accept the reflection of themselves, sometimes humbly, sometimes not so). Nowadays you have these extraordinarily unimaginative and […]