Archive for March, 2006

Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas

There are few things more disappointing than paying premium prices to see a star-filled stage play, only to discover a sign in the lobby stating that due to illness, the evening’s performances will be performed by the understudies. This happened to me several times, and I always ask for a refund. If I pay for A-list, I don’t want second string. Read the rest of this entry »

Hollywoodland

An exploration of fame and identity, inspired by one of Hollywood’s most infamous real-life mysteries. June 16, 1959. The glamour of Tinseltown permanently fades for actor George Reeves, the heroic Man of Steel on TV’s Adventures of Superman, as the actor dies in his Hollywood Hills home Read the rest of this entry »

Tirante el Blanco

Tirante the knight is as committed to fighting the Turks in Constantinople as he is to relieving Carmesina, the heiress to the Byzantine Empire, of her virginity. Read the rest of this entry »

Night at the Museum

In New York, the unemployed divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father that is gong to be evicted, and Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History as the substituted for three old security guards that have just retired to raise some money and pay his bills. In his first nightshift, Larry realizes that everything at the museum comes to life at night Read the rest of this entry »

Population 436

While traveling to Rockwell Falls in an assignment of the US Census Bureau, the surveyor from Chicago Steve Kady has two flat tires nearby the small town. The local Deputy Bobby Caine brings him to the town and the Mayor Grateman lodges him in a farm, where the gorgeous Courtney Lovett lives with her mother. Steve finds that Rockwell Falls, considered by the locals as the most perfect place on Earth, has the same population since 1860 and sooner he discloses the meaning and the dark secret of their creed of solidarity and steadfastness Read the rest of this entry »

Soldier

Actually, I should have done #5 before I went to see “Solider,” quite possibly this year’s worst movie. If Hollywood were to have a Crap-Fest, “Soldier” could be their opening night premiere. Read the rest of this entry »

Forces of Nature

Screenwriter Marc Lawrence is quickly becoming the Akiva Goldsman of his generation. The thing I liked least about the remake of Neil Simon’s “The Out-Of-Towners” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn was Lawrence’s lame script, which was so full of contrivance it hurt. The pain continues with “Forces of Nature,” an amicable romantic road comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. Read the rest of this entry »

Bug

Having escaped her abusive ex-husband Goss, recently released from state prison, Agnes, a lonely waitress with a tragic past moves into a sleazy, rundown motel and her lesbian co-worker R.C. introduces her to Peter, a peculiar, paranoiac drifter and they begin a tentative romance Read the rest of this entry »

The Last Starfighter

On the surface, “The Last Starfighter” is a sweet and unassuming movie. It’s charming and quaint, a familiar story about one young man’s dreams of escaping his dreary existence. You have to go a little deeper to understand that significance of “The Last Starfighter.” Read the rest of this entry »

Kingpin

It’s hard to believe that after the success of “Dumb and Dumber” that the Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby, would strike out with this simply outrageous bowling comedy. Even though they redeemed their box office clout with “There’s Something About Mary,” “Kingpin” remains a mystery. Read the rest of this entry »

Turistas

American college student Alex (Josh Duhamel), his younger teenage sister Bea (Olivia Wilde) along with their close friend Amy (Beau Garrett) are backpacking through Brazil. They meet up with similar companions: wild and crazy British mates Finn (Desmons Askew) and Liam (Max Brown), together with Australian traveler Pru (Melissa George), on a cross country bus. They barely survive after it crashes off a cliff Read the rest of this entry »

Basic Instinct 2

The decadent life of novelist Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone) continues int his sequel that finds her in the opening sequence speeding through the streets of London using the hand of her obviously under-the-influence soccer star boy friend to masturbate herself. After the car goes out of control, she manages to escape but he drowns leading to an investigation of whether she had in fact murdered him with an implication that he was already dead before the car even entered the water. Officials bring in a police psychologist (David Morrissey) to determine her mental state Read the rest of this entry »

Jarhead

In the 1992 film of Tom Clancy’s Patriot Games, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, played by Harrison Ford, watches from a remote command post as an attack on a terrorist camp is carried out. The thermal imagery is broadcast on a giant screen, and even though the details are nothing more than pixels on a screen, Ryan is shocked by the matter-of-fact dismissal of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Bobby

The Ambassador Hotel, 1968: the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy will soon take place here but none of the hotel residents and employees knows about it yet. Everyone at the hotel is busy with his own affairs, and their paths never seem to cross, not even in this closed space Read the rest of this entry »

Lake House, The

In Chicago, the lonely architect Alex Wyler has a troubled relationship with his father Simon Wyler. In 2004, he buys an old glass house in a lake, designed and built by his father, and he finds a message in his mailbox from the former tenant, the also lonely Dr. Kate Forster, asking to deliver her correspondence in an address downtown Read the rest of this entry »