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Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) has made a triptych of movie. The first act is a familiar riff on fame, style cribbed from Trainspotting, with Ewan McGregor wannabe Max Beesley as the latest flavor of the month in the art world. The second act is a Gilliamesque... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
More noir and less melodrama would have helped this one. Of course, any movie co-starring Richard Widmark isn't completely without interest (including Taylor Hackford's Out of the Past remake, Against All Odds) and that's certainly the case here. Widmark scores as the sleazy road house/bowling alley owner who sets up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Luc Besson's greatest hits as directed by ex-graffiti artist Olivier Megaton (no, I'm not making that up). The screenplay by Megaton, science fiction novelist Norman Spinrad and Ma vie en rose's Alain Berliner is shite, but there are some lovely things to look at (including Dario's little girl) and enough... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Tense, believable race-against-time thriller with Richard Widmark as a public health official attempting to track down a small gang of thieves who may be infected by bubonic plague. Only real negative is that the film unfortunately doesn't do much with its New Orleans setting (it's all riverside docks and dingy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
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Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Mr. De Palma, I know Hitchcock and you, my man, are no Hitchcock. Still, this twisted thriller about Siamese twins separated by a mentally unbalanced doctor has its worthy moments; one of which is a hilarious take on early seventies game shows during the opening act. 55 Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Sweet, good-natured and completely formulaic fluff about a 13-year-old girl who magically fast-forwards to her thirtieth year to find that she's become someone she doesn't know. Lead Jennifer Garner is ably supported by Mark Ruffalo as the sweet, nerdy guy she left behind and Andy Serkis (Gollum from Lord of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Horror comedy about sluglike creatures from outer space that turn the dead into zombies isn't at all worthy of the small cult that it's built over the years, but it is amusing in its own, peculiar way. I especially liked how director Fred Dekker portrayed the relationship between the two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Unoriginal but not wholly ineffective car-chase thriller in the vein of Joy Ride and Steven Spielberg's Duel. A menacing atmosphere is created by the director in the first act, as a group of teens are pursued by the titular car down some dark, rural roads. Unfortunately, the movie collapses during... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
I never warmed to the characters in this Howard Hawks screwball comedy and thus had a hard time staying interested in their situation. Supposed to be a classic, but I don't see it. 58 Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Dated attempt to depict a man's descent into severe alcoholism. I admire some of Billy Wilder's work as much as the next man, but this movie is just silly if you look at it with sixty years of hindsight. Got to love how Ray Milland's mad treck through lower Manhattan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Weak adaptation of a novel by the poor man's Stephen King, Dean Koontz, about some strange creatures that have decimated a small NoCal town. Only highlights: Liev Schreiber's s-t-r-a-n-g-e performance and Rose McGowan in white. 22 Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Nonsensical gobbledygook based on a cult fave from Japan, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer reduced to the catatonic victim of some Spooky Ghosts Born From Rage! Never very scary, but often quite silly. 29 Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
It's been hard keeping up with all the movies that I've been watching recently (mostly crap; thanks Showtime). Frankly, I don't know how people like Matt manage to write two dozen meaty capsule reviews a month. I feel lucky if I can throw together a couple of sentences on what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
Review and rating to come. Working on a new format of sorts. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at day for night
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Feb 10, 2012