Archive for August, 2005

Ringer, The

This comedy is about two guys who decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them, Steve (Knoxville), pose as a contestant in the games, hoping to dethrone reigning champion, Jimmy. Mentally-challenged high jinks and hilarity surely follow. Read the rest of this entry »

Stay

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions in the mind of an accident victim. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal. Read the rest of this entry »

My Big Fat Independent Movie

“My Big Fat Independent Movie” is a spoof along the lines of “Scary Movie” and “Not Another Teen Movie.” It includes parodies of some of the indie film world’s most renowned movies such as “Memento,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Magnolia,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Amelie,” “Run Lola Run,” “El Mariachi,” “The Good Girl,” “Pi,” “Swingers” and many others. Read the rest of this entry »

Deuces Wild

“Deuces Wild” is so mind-numbingly bad you wonder if any of it is supposed to be taken seriously. The sophomore effort of director Scott Kalvert, who hasn’t been behind the camera since 1995’s “The Basketball Diaries,” “Deuces Wild” plays like a junior high school drama production of “West Side Story” minus the music, or the talent. Read the rest of this entry »

Snake Eyes

When director Brian De Palma is on the money, he’s one of our greatest directors. Whether he’s pumping out pseudo-Hitchcock like “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill” and “Obsession” or popular popcorn fare like “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible,” De Palma knows how to tell a story. Read the rest of this entry »

Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

He said it and he meant it! “The Terminator” is back in “Rise of the Machines,” and he’s back with a vengeance. Though it’s been 12 years since his last appearance, “The Terminator” is just as formidable. Credit a tongue-in-cheek performance by star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who still looks as menacing as ever, plus a cheeky script and tightly wound direction by Jonathan Mostow (“U- 571”), taking over for creator/co-writer James Cameron. Read the rest of this entry »

The Shaggy Dog

Disney’s kennel has served them well, either in live action or animated form. When it comes to shaggy dog stories, the studio has rarely barked up the wrong tree. Released in 1959, The Shaggy Dog was the studios first live-action film, and modestly shot in black and white, became instantly profitable. The tale of a young boy (Tommy Kirk) afflicted by an ancient spell which transforms him into a four-legged hairball, The Shaggy Dog spawned one theatrical sequel and numerous television films. Read the rest of this entry »

The Perfect Storm

Anyone who lives near the ocean knows and understands its power and seduction. The sea is a mighty mistress, one who demands total respect. Cross her and she can be unrelenting in her ferociousness. Respect her, and she can open up the world to anyone willing to take advantage of her riches. Read the rest of this entry »

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

You know a family film misses the mark when a light from across the aisle catches your attention and turns out to be a kid playing video games. As I struggled through Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I kept wondering who would enjoy this dull and dreary exercise. Definitely not the kid sitting across the aisle. Read the rest of this entry »

Panic

Alex (William H. Macy) has a problem. He wants out of the family business, but he doesn’t know how to tell his father. In his mid-40’s, Alex wants to settle down and take care of his wife and young son. The problem is his father Michael (Donald Sutherland), a man who cannot tolerate weakness, and sees it as a sign of betrayal. Read the rest of this entry »

Hulk

He’s big, he’s mean, and he’s green, and I’m not talking about the Jolly Green Giant at harvest time. I’m talking about Marvel Comic’s angst-ridden super hero “The Hulk,” who literally leaps to the big screen in director Ang Lee’s big budget cartoon. Read the rest of this entry »

Batman Begins

In tone with the early “Batman: Year One” style comics. As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes, a trauma which led him to become obsessed with revenge but his chance is cruelly taken away from him by fate. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra’s Al-Ghul, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City overrun by organized crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system whilst the company he inherited is slowly being pulled out from under him Read the rest of this entry »

Walk the Line

While growing up in the Great Depression era, Johnny Cash(Joaquin Phoenix) takes an interest in music and eventually moves out of his Arkansas town to join the air force in Germany. While there, he buys his first guitar and writes his own music, and proposes to Vivian. When they got married, they settled in Tennessee and with a daughter, he supported the family by being a salesman Read the rest of this entry »

Nun, The

An abusive and merciless nun turns an all-girl boarding school into a sadistic prison. Then she mysteriously disappears. Years later, someone or something begins brutally murdering the alumnae of the school Read the rest of this entry »

Legend of Zorro, The

The Legendary Zorro goes off on another adventure to protect the future of California and its citizens. This time, he fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De LaVega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and his life as a family man Read the rest of this entry »