Archive for April, 2005

Touching the Void

Some people see a mountain as an obstacle. Others see a mountain as a challenge. In 1985, two twenty-something British mountaineers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, saw the Siula Grande peak in the Peruvian Andes as the ultimate challenge. Unreachable by helicopter, the peak remained virgin territory. Using climbing skills refined in the Alps, Simpson and Yates opted to make their record breaking climb a straight ascent rather than use base camps. Read the rest of this entry »

Serving Sara

“Serving Sara” is a fish fart of a movie, an indistinguishable little bubble of toxic waste that ascends from an ocean of indifference until it reaches the surface and dissipates into nothingness. Read the rest of this entry »

The Siege DVD

Watching the new terrorist thriller “The Siege” is the equivalent of having great sex only to have your mom walk in on you. No matter what you do after that point is a waste of time. That’s the problem I had with “The Siege,” the new thriller from director Edward Zwick. Read the rest of this entry »

The Santa Clause

It’s hard to believe that “The Santa Clause” was released four years ago. Since then, it’s combination of clever humor, heart and seasonal spirit have made it a perennial holiday favorite. The film’s star, Tim Allen, was riding the crest of his success on television’s “Home Improvement.” Allen’s comic timing made him a natural for the big screen, and he hit pay dirt with “The Santa Clause.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bewitched

Out in California’s San Fernando Valley, Isabel is trying to reinvent herself. A na├»ve, good-natured witch, she is determined to disavow her supernatural powers and lead a normal life. At the same time, across town, Jack Wyatt a tall, charming actor is trying to get his career back on track Read the rest of this entry »

Assault on Precinct 13

On New Year’s Eve, inside a police station that’s about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick (Hawke) must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop (Fishburne). Read the rest of this entry »

Death Tunnel

Movie is based on the True Stories and Hauntings of Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. This horrific Five story structure is listed as one of the Top Ten Scariest Places on Earth, due to the 63,000+ deaths within this monument of Terror. They were then carried through the massive Five hundred foot underground Tunnel to their final resting place Read the rest of this entry »

Dark City

Director Alex Proyas is a real visionary. The former music video director proved that he was capable of merging style and substance with his theatrical debut, “The Crow.” He takes that talent even further in “Dark City,” a brainy science-fiction drama that is so dark it goes beyond noir. Read the rest of this entry »

The Crew

In what can only be described as an attempt at counter-programming, August has seen not one but three films featuring mature actors and plot lines. What would normally be a welcome relief from the usual drudge that oozes across theater screens throughout the summer is actually an embarrassment of riches. Read the rest of this entry »

Modern Romance

Maybe the 70s rock group Sweet was right when they sang Love is Like Oxygen. If that is the case, romance in modern films is barely breathing. Not that I’m complaining, but the closest thing we got in theaters last Christmas that even resembled a romantic movie was “Kate & Leopold,” starring the four hankie perennial Meg Ryan and hunky Hugh Jackman of “Swordfish.” Read the rest of this entry »

Get Rich or Die Tryin’

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music. Read the rest of this entry »

Revolver

Jake Green is a hotshot gambler, long on audacity and short on common sense. He’s rarely allowed to play in any casino because he is a winner. Jake has taken in so much money over the years, he is the only client of his accountant and older brother Billy Read the rest of this entry »

Lantana

“Lantana” begins with a slow moving close-up of the tropical shrub that the film is named after. Despite the dense, thorny undergrowth, all we see are the sweet, colorful blooms. Then the camera moves in on an object. It is a woman. Her twisted, tangled body hints that she is dead. She is. Read the rest of this entry »

In the Realm of the Senses

I live in a medium sized town about fifty-miles above Los Angeles. In 1976, our showcase movie theater was a three screen multiplex that had opened in the local mall. It was a Mann theater, and for simple folk raised on those annoying large single screen theaters, it was something to behold. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

When I was a teenager and anxious to take on the world, my mother would always tell me, “Slow down, because when you get older, everything goes so fast.” Yeah, right. So here it is, the 20th anniversary of John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” and I’m scratching my head, wondering here the last 20 years of my life went. Read the rest of this entry »