Archive for November, 2003

A Bug’s Life DVD

While watching “A Bug’s Life,” I kept marveling at how far computer animation has come since “Toy Story.” I remember being impressed by the 64-bit graphics on my computer games, wondering how they could ever improve on the technology. Now computers are capable of making believable dinosaurs, awesome acts of nature, not to mention whole movies like “Toy Story” and “Antz.” Read the rest of this entry »

LD 50 Lethal Dose

Re-formed by a coded message to their web site, a group of animal rights activists set off to free an imprisoned colleague from a terrifying ordeal. Their rescue mission leads them to a disused lab, but what should have been a simple raid turns into a series of twisted and mind bending incidents where the free and the caged switch places, in this tormented psychological horror. Read the rest of this entry »

Scary Movie 3

Roving reporter Cindy Campbell sets out to find a hard news story in the middle of television sweeps. She soon uncovers an outrageous onslaught of globe-threatening developments including alien invaders, killer videotapes, freaky crop circles, prophecies of The One, eerie-eyed children, ambitious white rappers and even a run-in with Michael Jackson. Faced with conspiracies of massive proportions, and a crew of very strange people following her around, Cindy must fight to stop evil from taking over the world yet again Read the rest of this entry »

Agent Cody Banks

Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is a shy common teenager, living with his mother, father and little brother in a suburban house. But he is also a very efficient undercover CIA agent. He is assigned by CIA director (Keith David), with the support of his instructor Ronica Miles (Angie Harmon), to date Natalie Connors (Hilary Duff) in order to be invited to her birthday party and get close and spy Natalie’s father, Dr Read the rest of this entry »

American Splendor

Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Down the House

Peter Sanderson is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight attorney who still loves his ex-wife and can’t figure out what he did wrong to make her leave him. However, Peter’s trying to move on, and he’s smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he’s been chatting with online. However, when she comes to his house for their first face-to-face, she isn’t refined, isn’t Ivy League, and isn’t even a lawyer Read the rest of this entry »

Cradle 2 the Grave

When his daughter is kidnapped and held in exchange for priceless diamonds, the leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves (DMX) forges an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese Intelligence officer (Jet Li) to rescue her. Their race against the clock to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war. Read the rest of this entry »

Man of the House

As inevitable as a Lance Bass VH1 Where Are They Now special, Man of the House pits hound dog-faced Tommy Lee Jones against a gaggle of perky Texas cheerleaders. It was only a matter of time before Jones joined the fish out of water club, and his gruff, no-nonsense attitude is the perfect counterbalance to the pom-pom mentality of a quintet of sequined sirens. Read the rest of this entry »

8mm. DVD

Oh, the horror! The inhumanity! The drudgery of having to sit through another neo-noir thriller that barely has time to get on its feet before it stumbles under the weight of a top-heavy performance by Nicolas Cage, seamy direction by Joel Schumacher, and a patchwork script by that guy who wrote “Seven.” “8mm” is a nifty title for a film that’s not nearly as clever. Read the rest of this entry »

Matrix Revolutions, The

The machine army continues to drill towards Zion. Within hours, they will overrun the population of the Zionites and lay extinction to human kind. Meanwhile, Neo is held captive by the Merovingian at a train station Read the rest of this entry »

54 DVD

Two movies opened recently with the 1970’s as their backdrop. First there was Tamara Jenkins’ darkly comic "Slums of Beverly Hills," and then Mark Christopher’s "54," which despite it’s glitz and glamour, is just in the dark. Read the rest of this entry »

The World Is Not Enough

The James Bond franchise has become so enormous and established (19 official entries and counting) that one no longer reviews them in comparison to other films. You review each new entry in context with those that came before it. Where does it fit into the James Bond scheme of things? Read the rest of this entry »

School of Rock, The

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn (Black) gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a “battle of the bands” competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review November

BAD COMPANY (PG-13)

Sir Anthony Hopkins should be more discrete choosing which movies to make. If he keeps making donkey droppings like “Bad Company,” the Queen may not only ask for his title back, but ask him to give up his citizenship. Read the rest of this entry »

Monster’s Ball

The Grotowski home is not the house that love built. Three generations of Grotowski men live under the same roof, but they’re not really a family. There’s patriarch Buck (Peter Boyle), who laments he’s so old he “can’t even remember what a woman smells like.” His son Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) has been raised to follow in his father’s loveless and prejudiced footsteps. Read the rest of this entry »