Archive for December, 2004

Shanghai Noon

I had such a good time sitting through the East meets West action-comedy “Shanghai Noon” that I immediately wanted more. Well, it’s taken three years for “Shanghai Knights” to reach the screen, and the wait has been worth it. Read the rest of this entry »

October Sky

Overly sentimental at times, “October Sky” still emerges as one of the most heartfelt father-son dramas to come along since “Field of Dreams.” Even at its most manipulative, “October Sky” is still an impressive, feel good effort featuring honest performances and situations. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost World

After suffering through an endless parade of summer movies geared towards teenagers who like to have their “American Pie” spoon fed to them, along comes “Ghost World,” an edgy, uncompromising, darkly comic film that defies tradition and convention. Read the rest of this entry »

White Noise

In White Noise, the latest Hollywood dead wife reclamation project (Dragonfly, Mothman Prophecies), Michael Keaton stars as Jonathan Rivers, an architect with an angelic, internationally renowned author wife; a cute, pre-precocious five-year-old son; and a seemingly plastic, picture-perfect life. Read the rest of this entry »

Rules of Engagement

If I were in combat, Col. Terry Childers is the kind of man I would want on my side. A 30-year Marine veteran, Childers has seen it all. His combat experiences includes Vietnam, Beirut and Desert Storm. He’s a decorated war hero and he knows how to get things done under fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Romantic Video 2004

Valentine’s Day Videos Movies
That Get to the Heart of The Matter

Ah, Valentine’s Day, when romance is in the air and Hallmark and See’s Candy take another chunk out of my check. An expensive dinner, Janet Jackson nipple jewelry, candy and a card, what do you have to do around here to guarantee an evening of poke and tickle? Read the rest of this entry »

Ringu 2

Hollywood becomes engaged to the Japanese horror market with The Ring, a remake of Ringu, the hit thriller directed by Hideo Nakata. The Americanized Ring also becomes a hit, and Hollywood wants more. Fortunately Nakata shot a Japanese sequel, Ringu 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Riding in Cars With Boys

As anyone who has made the journey from teenager to adult will testify, the trip is filled with many unexpected speed bumps and detours. For 15-year-old Beverly D’Onofrio (Drew Barrymore), “Riding in Cars with Boys” leads to more than a good time. Read the rest of this entry »

Platoon

Director-writer Oliver Stone’s searing, gut-wrenching take on the Vietnam War is one of Hollywood’s most important films. Unflinching and merciless, Stone exposed the horrors of the war through the eyes of a green recruit, played Charlie Sheen. Read the rest of this entry »

Films review December

24-HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (R)
CHERISH (R)
(New Line)
HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (R)
(Dimension)
HUMAN NATURE (R)
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Aristocrats

Unless you’re a professional comedian, or at least someone in the loop, chances are you haven’t heard The Aristocrats, an in-joke which over the years has taken on a life of its own. Nasty, vile, filthy, dangerous, and politically incorrect, The Aristocrats is the joke equivalent of the secret handshake. Shared by comedians since Vaudeville, The Aristocrats is simple in premise:
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The Sentinel

The Sentinel is the equivalent of a good used car. It may lack a factory fresh smell, but it is a sturdy ride.
The scenery may look familiar, but the trip is filled with enough pit stops to make it enjoyable. Director Clark Johnson (SWAT) assuredly navigates the roadmap of a screenplay, creating sustainable characters and just enough mock suspense to keep this political thriller from veering off course. Read the rest of this entry »