Archive for July, 2005

Flesh for Frankenstein

About a year ago I was rummaging through some boxes in the garage, and came across a box of movie memorabilia that I had collected over the years. Actually, it was one of many boxes, but this box in particular contained numerous cardboard and plastic 3-D glasses. Read the rest of this entry »

Notting Hill

You can imagine Julia Roberts reservations about starring in “Notting Hill.” Would one of America’s best loved and most popular actresses be able to play one of America’s best loved and most popular actresses? Read the rest of this entry »

The New York Ripper

Fans of Italian director Lucio Fulci’s work will be thrilled with the new Anchor Bay release of his “The New York Ripper.” Delivered in letterbox and restored with every unsettling image intact, “The New York Ripper” More a film for the Fangoria crowd rather than someone looking for a coherent and believable crime thriller, “The New York Ripper” is the gruesome tale of a serial killer stalking New York’s vulnerable women and the detective trying to bring him down. Read the rest of this entry »

Milo

Pedestrian horror-thriller takes it’s cue from “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Bad Seed,” “Don’t Look Now” and “Psycho.” Actually, “Milo” doesn’t have an original bone in its body. Read the rest of this entry »

Zodiac, The

On 20 December 1968, in Lake Helena, a couple of teenagers are brutally murdered by a killer while dating nearby the lake. The young Sergeant Matt Parish is assigned and becomes obsessed with the case, neglecting his wife Laura and son Johnny. On 04 July 1969, another couple is shot on the golf course of Vallejo, and the killer sends letters to three newspapers with a riddle and promising more murders Read the rest of this entry »

Jawbreaker

Oh boy! Another wicked teen comedy. Gag me with a spoon! How about gagging someone with a jawbreaker? That’s right, one of those hard, round, suck them until you’re blue in the face candies that leave your mouth raw. Have you ever put one of those things in your mouth and almost swallowed the damned thing? Read the rest of this entry »

Lord Of War

Irony is never lost on writer-director Andrew Niccol (Simone, The Truman Show), whose latest black comedy Lord of War takes aim at arms dealers. Niccol’s morality tale about one man’s vested interest in the pain and suffering of others walks a very fine line between entertainment and social relevance, asking us to root for an anti-hero devoid of a conscience. Read the rest of this entry »

Kandahar

It’s rare when cinema and current events collide. The last memorable parallel occurred in 1979, when “The China Syndrome” opened within days of the Three Mile Island accident. Now comes “Kandahar,” a timely film that was shot before the September 11 attack on America, but is just now making its way to theaters. Read the rest of this entry »

Sleepy Hollow

Halfway through Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” a character is impaled and then dragged to his doom by the headless horseman. Towards the end of “Sleepy Hollow,” the films hero, Ichabod Crane, finds himself being dragged by a carriage during a fight with the horseman. Read the rest of this entry »

Isn’t She Great

As a 42 year-old male, I find myself knowing more about author Jacqueline Susann than I have a right to. Perhaps it’s because my mother used to read all of her novels, or maybe I saw an A&E Biography. I don’t know, but I do know enough that Susann would have both loved and hated the film “Isn’t She Great.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mrs Henderson Presents

Recently widowed well-to-do Laura Henderson is at a bit of a loose end in inter-war London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it, despite the fact the two don’t seem to get on at all. Although their idea of a non-stop revue is at first a success, other theatres copy it and disaster looms Read the rest of this entry »

Erin Brockovich DVD

She has hair that would make Paul Mitchell cry and a wardrobe so tacky even Madonna would cringe. She has two ex-husbands, three kids, $17,000 in debt and $73 in the bank. She drives a piece of junk on four wheels, and is out of work. She was once a beauty queen, but the only court she could reside over right now has trailers parked in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who’s been training him for his upcoming role.. Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Date, The

“The Wedding Date” centers around Kat Ellis (Messing), who returns to her parents’ London home for her sister’s wedding. Afraid of confronting her ex-fiancé, who dumped her two years before, she hires a top-drawer male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her new boyfriend. Read the rest of this entry »

Skeleton Key, The

A young woman helping care for an invalid in New Orleans finds herself caught in the middle of morbid going-ons centered around a group of Hoodoo (Not Voodoo, it’s different. Hoodoo is an old African American magic that only works if you believe in it.) practitioners Read the rest of this entry »