Archive for April, 2004

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

An American girl (Garai) and her parents arrive in Cuba right before the Revolution breaks out. She meets a local boy (Luna) who instantly notices her dancing abilities and romances her. But as Castro’s forces are forcing Americans to leave the country, will she stay or will she go? Read the rest of this entry »

Wild Things 2

Rich 17 year old wild thing Brittney is devastated she loses her inheritence to a classmate, Maya. An insurance investigator uncovers the two girls plan, and soon the three are involved in a steamy relationship of sex, money and people being fed to aligators. Read the rest of this entry »

Wake of Death

Ben Archer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a thug/enforcer for a criminal organization. Tiring of the work, he tells his coworkers that he’s ready to retire. His wife Cynthia is a social worker for the INS Read the rest of this entry »

Raise Your Voice

Hilary Duff stars in Raise Your Voice as a young woman from a small town who spends the summer in a performing arts school in Los Angeles. She encounters big city circumstances and romance that challenge her small town upbringing. Sean McNamara directs Read the rest of this entry »

Garfield

Meet Garfield. One of life’s greatest answers to the fattest cat in the world. All he does all day long is sleep, watch TV and eat lasagna Read the rest of this entry »

Starsky & Hutch

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called “Bay City,” this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (Wilson), and Dave Starsky (Stiller), who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear (Dogg) and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer (Vaughn) who went on to become a white collar criminal (Electra plays Hutch’s girlfriend). Read the rest of this entry »

Making Waves

What do a public access TV personality, an electronics engineer, a Vietnam vet, a libertarian congressional candidate and a retired millionaire have in common? They’re all operating unlicensed, ‘pirate’ radio stations in Tucson, Arizona. Making Waves follows their uphill struggle to be heard on our publicly-owned but corporate-controlled airwaves. Armed with low-cost micro-radio equipment, the First Amendment, even a how-to video by a Michigan pastor, the Tucson pirates use unlicensed radio as a form of civil disobedience Read the rest of this entry »

Heathers

Someone once asked me to describe bad taste, and I told them that it was when someone switched the brownies with dog crap. To me, that’s bad taste. I can find humor in almost any situation, it doesn’t matter to me. I did stand-up comedy for several years, and only twice did I catch myself saying something that even shocked me. It seems I lost the little mechanism in my head that’s supposed to stop the flow of thought before it escapes. Read the rest of this entry »

About a Boy

When actor Hugh Grant was caught with prostitute Devine Brown in a car off Sunset Boulevard, instead of hiding in shame, Grant grinned and bared it. He popped up on The Tonight Show and confessed to Jay Leno. Instead of getting angry at the jokes, Grant played along. The public didn’t crucify him because they understood that was who Grant was. Read the rest of this entry »

We Were Soldiers

Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) knew from the beginning that his mission in Vietnam was next to impossible. First one-third of his men are taken away from him. Then his Calvary unit is renamed the 7th, the same unit that General Custer led into battle and to slaughter. Read the rest of this entry »

Stealing Harvard

I like strawberries. I like strawberries a lot. I hate prunes. I mean, I really hate prunes. Now for the $64,000 question: Would I be willing to endure a prune in order to feast on some strawberries?

Being a film critic means taking the good with the bad, or more precisely, suffering through “Stealing Harvard,” a porta-potty of a comedy that overflows with crappy jokes and pee-brained performances. Read the rest of this entry »

The Royal Tenenbaums

When it comes to dysfunctional families, the Tenenbaum’s wrote the book. To emphasize that point, their story is told as a fable, chapter by chapter. page by page. It’s an unique framing device, but then “The Royal Tenenbaums” is a unique movie. Read the rest of this entry »

Hans Christian Andersen

Actor-singer Danny Kaye made some wonderful films with Samuel Goldwyn, including “Wonder Man” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” One of Kaye’s most engaging films from that era, “Hans Christian Andersen,” is finally on DVD, and what a wonderful, wonderful experience it is. Read the rest of this entry »

Ringmaster

I’ll admit it I’ve seen “The Jerry Springer Show” more times than I care to admit. Why? Because it makes me feel good about myself. My life is a cakewalk compared to the poor white (or insert any race here) trash that parades across the stage each and every day. Read the rest of this entry »

Raw Deal

In 1986, former body builder-turned actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was on a roll. It was four years after his starring role in “Conan the Barbarian” and two years after his breakout success in “The Terminator.” Read the rest of this entry »