Archive for October 29th, 2005

Eight Legged Freaks

1. Never allow a character in the film to watch a scene or speak a line from another, much better film. It reminds the audience that they’re watching something less superior.

2. There’s a big difference between spoofing something and just being stupid. The best spoofs take their source material very seriously. Read the rest of this entry »


Getting hit in the face with a ball isn’t funny, but watching someone else get hit in the face is. Welcome to “Dodgeball,” a self-aware summer comedy that aims low and hits hard. Surprisingly, “Dodgeball” manages to nail most of its targets, leaving them red-faced and bruised. Read the rest of this entry »

The Scorpion King

“The Scorpion King” is the cinematic equivalent of a large piece of Limburger cheese. You know it’s going to stink, but for some reason you still want to take a bite. This also applies to the films star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose ham-on-wry performance will please his legion of fans but leave the rest of us starving for something more substantial. Read the rest of this entry »