Archive for October, 2003

The Quiet American

Sir Michael Caine is such a consummate actor he makes it easy for us to forget we’re watching a performance. The two-time Oscar winner (Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules) is so adept at drawing us into his character’s life that he can make even a bad movie good. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Boy!

Owen Baker is a 12-year-old loner who has been working as a neighborhood dog-walker so he can earn the privilege of getting a dog of his own. His hard work pays off when his parents let him adopt a scruffy mutt he names Hubble. Both boy and dog get more than they bargained for when Owen wakes up one morning to discover he can understand every word Hubble says, including the ominous phrase: “Take me to your leaders Read the rest of this entry »

Hunted, The

In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After Hallam brutally slew four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen King Trilogy

Anchor Bay Entertainment, never one to rest on their laurels, have scoured the nether regions looking for lost and ignored movies that have slipped through the cracks. After the hunt, they always return with something interesting and tasty. Read the rest of this entry »

Underworld

“Underworld” reminded me of the conversation between two of the boys in “Stand By Me.” They’re arguing over who would win a fight between Mighty Mouse and Superman. Teddy, one of the boys, has the answer: “Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman’s a real guy. There’s no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Wonder Boys

“The Wonder Boys” is the first great movie of the new millennium. There, I’ve said it. I usually distance myself from such proclamations, because they sound like I’m writing a quote for a film ad. Read the rest of this entry »

Salo

My favorite screen credit of all time comes from the film “Poltergeist II.” There’s a scene where Craig T. Nelson downs a bottle of tequila, and accidentally swallows the worm. In true “Poltergeist” fashion, the worm takes on a life of its own, forcing Nelson to chuck it back up. Read the rest of this entry »

Medallion, The

Eddie, an indomitable Hong Kong cop, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole to determine the secret of the medallion and face down the evil Snakehead who wants to use its magical powers for his own nefarious plans. Read the rest of this entry »

Patch Adams

“Patch Adams” took a lot of potshots from the critics last Christmas when it was released. Some called it manipulative. Others called it trite, syrupy and silly. Read the rest of this entry »

The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu

War is hell, so it only makes sense that our government would do whatever was in their power to make it less so. That included sending our men overseas newsreels from home, along with other filmed entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

Godzilla DVD

It’s been a bad year for New York. First the city finds itself inundated by a giant tidal wave in “Deep Impact.” Splinters of a comet smack into Manhattan in “Armageddon,” making the afternoon commute even more horrendous. Read the rest of this entry »

Den of Lions

Character actors Stephen Dorff and Bob Hoskins star in the crime thriller DEN OF LIONS. Hoskins plays Darius Paskevic, leader of an arm of the ruthless Russian mob in Budapest. Mike Varga (Dorff) ingratiates himself into Darius’s inner circle, eventually becoming the gangster’s favorite prodigy and lover to his beautiful daughter Katya Read the rest of this entry »

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

TV child star of the ’70s, Dickie Roberts is now 35 and parking cars. Craving to regain the spotlight, he auditions for a role of a normal guy, but the director quickly sees he is anything but normal. Desperate to win the part, Dickie hires a family to help him replay his childhood and assume the identity of an average, everyday kid Read the rest of this entry »

King Arthur

Swords swing, people fall, music swells, and when all is said done, the legend of “King Arthur” becomes dethroned by its aggravating revisionist take. Finally, a “King Arthur” for people who believe the Spice Girls weren’t the downfall of girl groups in Britain. Read the rest of this entry »

The Haunting

Watching the remake of “The Haunting” is the equivalent of going to a Halloween party you’ve really been looking forward to only to find out that the turd in the punch bowl is real. Forget things that go bump in the night, be afraid of things that go dump in the night. Read the rest of this entry »