Archive for July, 2002

Pinero

Movies about writers are so rare that to find two of them in wide release at the same time must be one of the signs of the Apocalypse. There aren’t many movies about writers because the art of writing is boring. Most of us would rather see a movie based on a great book than see a movie about a great writer. Read the rest of this entry »

Blood for dracula

While wrapping up production on “Flesh for Frankenstein,” director Paul Morrissey secured financing for another film. He decided to lend his personal tough to the Bram Stoker legend of “Dracula,” which seemed like a natural follow-up to “Flesh for Frankenstein.” Morrissey secured the services of most of the previous cast, and set out to create a “Dracula” that would turn the legend upside down. Read the rest of this entry »

Santa Clause 2, The

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa’s got problems (he’s even mysteriously losing weight) and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son, Charlie, has landed on this year’s “naughty” list. Desperate to help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole Read the rest of this entry »

Exorcist: The Beginning

How else do you explain Exorcist: The Beginning, a belated prequel (shades of Alien Vs. Predator) that serves no purpose except to exploit the good will of the original? Read the rest of this entry »

Antwone Fisher

A sailor (Derek Luke) prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist (Washington) for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew Read the rest of this entry »

Second String

American football coach Chuck Dichter has worked wonders with the Buffalo Bills, and is even confident to crown his career with a Super Bowl victory, but before the play-offs an oyster food-poisoning wipes out his first team for a month. Dan Heller, an insurance salesman and former college quarterback, who was hired -relactantly, but his wife twisted his arm- just for practice, now has to captain and train a bunch of rookies and old-timers against the hardest adversaries. Dichter decides to sign up triple Super Bowl-winner Tommy Baker in Dan’s place Read the rest of this entry »

Deuces Wild

“Deuces Wild” is so mind-numbingly bad you wonder if any of it is supposed to be taken seriously. The sophomore effort of director Scott Kalvert, who hasn’t been behind the camera since 1995’s “The Basketball Diaries,” “Deuces Wild” plays like a junior high school drama production of “West Side Story” minus the music, or the talent.
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Three Kings DVD

Somewhere in the middle of the Iraqi Desert, four American soldiers have taken leave from the Gulf War in a quest to find Saddam Hussein’s private stash of stolen Kuwait gold. Their plan seems foolproof. A quick in and out and they can give up their day jobs after the war. Read the rest of this entry »

A History of Violence

When director David Cronenberg makes a point, it’s usually with a red hot poker. Cronenberg’s A History of Violence is another searing convergence of shock and awe, horrific images of violence smothered in hot, consensual adult sex, all guaranteed to make you feel queasy and uncomfortable. Read the rest of this entry »

Count of Monte Cristo, The

‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes’ girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d’If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him Read the rest of this entry »

Point of Origin

Based on a true story, this twisting psychological thriller focuses on a serial arsonist whose terrifying six-year crime spree is juxtaposed with the increasingly desperate efforts of investigators to bring him to justice. Charged with investigating many of these fires is Captain John Orr (Ray Liotta), a legendary figure in the Glendale Fire Department, possessed with an uncanny ability to pinpoint the origins of a fire, as well as the devices by which an arsonist may have carried out the crime. Through a fingerprint left at the scene of one crime and a series of surprise revelations focusing on arsons set in several towns, the task force is able to close in on an unlikely suspect Read the rest of this entry »

You Can Count On Me

In the sideshow that is her life, single mom Sammy Prescott has become a master juggler. She’s so busy juggling the men in her life that until recently she has had little time for self reflection. Sammy is so afraid that if she drops one ball her whole life will come crashing down. Read the rest of this entry »

First Blood

It took writer David Morrell ten years from the publication of his novel “First Blood” to see it leap to the big screen. Little did he know that his creation, Vietnam Vet and former Special Forces Green Beret John Rambo would go on to become an international icon. As a matter of fact, Morrell killed Rambo at the end of the novel. Read the rest of this entry »

Bloody Sunday

Documentary-style drama showing the events that lead up to the tragic incident on January 30, 1972 in the Northern Ireland town of Derry when a protest march led by civil rights activist Ivan Cooper was fired upon by British troops, killing 13 protesters and wounding 14 more. Read the rest of this entry »

The Thirteenth Floor

If indeed there are 13 levels of hell, the filmmaker’s behind “The Thirteenth Floor” make no apologies for dragging us through each and every one of them. A dull, dreary exercise in futility, “The Thirteenth Floor” is another example of style over substance. Read the rest of this entry »