Archive for January, 2006

Asterix and the Vikings

After another raid in an empty village, the chief of the Vikings Timandahaf misunderstands the explanation of his advisor Cryptograf that “fear gives wings to the dwellers” and believes that fear actually makes the villagers fly. They decide to chase the champion of fear in Gaul to learn how to fly and make them invincible warriors. Meanwhile, the nephew of Vitalstatistix, Justforkix, is sent from Parisium to the Gaulish village to become a man and Asterix and Obelix are assigned to train the youngster Read the rest of this entry »

Marie Antoinette

Based on Antonia Fraser’s book about the ill-fated Archduchess of Austria and later Queen of France, ‘Marie Antoinette’ tells the story of the most misunderstood and abused woman in history, from her birth in Imperial Austria to her later life in France. Read the rest of this entry »

We Are Marshall

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team’s new coach (McConaughey) and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive. Read the rest of this entry »

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

Like most rabid horror fans in Los Angeles, I caught the first showing of Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” at a midnight screening of a film festival. It was in one of those great old theaters on Wilshire Boulevard that no longer exists. Raimi had blown up his 16mm negative into a 35mm print for the occasion. He even attended the screening to field questions afterwards. Read the rest of this entry »

A Man Apart

“A Man Apart,” the new but at least two-year-old film starring Vin Diesel, is a throwback to action-revenge thrillers like “Deathwish” and “Dirty Harry.” A story about a drug enforcement agent pushed over the edge after the murder of his wife, “A Man Apart” would be more at home playing on a drive-in movie screen, where audiences could enjoy a couple of brews and a joint to slip into the mindless action and chaos. Read the rest of this entry »

Rollin’ with the Nines

Too Fine and his friends Finny, Pushy and Rage hope to set up a successful urban underground garage act and escape the lives they’re trying to leave behind. But this dream all goes tragically wrong when Too Fine is murdered in a drive by-shooting at the hands of Temper, a former adversary from his days peddling rock on the streets who he owed a large unpayed debt to. To make matters worse, the weight of this burden falls on his sister Hope, who is brutally attacked and raped by Temper with a warning of worse things to come if the debt is not settled soon Read the rest of this entry »

Ring Around the Rosie

When the grandmother of the publicist Karin (Gina Phillips) dies, she inherits her property in the fields. She travels with her boyfriend Jeff (Randall Batinkoff) for the weekend, but she decides to stay along the week cleaning up the place and packing the stuffs. Karin has horrible nightmares and visions of ghosts of her past, while she stays in the house with the creepy housekeeper Pierce (Tom Sizemore) and her younger sister Wendy (Jenny Mollen) Read the rest of this entry »

Confetti

Confetti – a mockumentary which follows three couples, competing for the title of Most Original Wedding of the Year: The Musical Wedding, The Tennis Wedding and the Naturist Wedding. Starring Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson, Olivia Coleman, Steven Mangan, Robert Webb, Mark Heap, Felicity Montagu and Jimmy Carr as Antoni. A hilarious output of British Comedy Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Dust

L.A. in the early 1930’s: racism, poverty, and disease color the Bunker Hill neighborhood where Arturo Bandini, a lover of men and beasts alike, has arrived from Colorado to write the great Los Angeles novel Read the rest of this entry »