Archive for April, 2006

The Glass House

Every year, a notable Hollywood publication prints a summary of the best un-produced screenplays. Each and everyone is considered a masterpiece of its genre, but none have found their way into production. Read the rest of this entry »

Doogal

Legend tells of three magic diamonds that, if in the wrong hands, can be united to create a force powerful enough to freeze the sun. When the evil sorcerer Zeebad escapes from his ancient prison, he vows to exact revenge by deep-freezing the earth forever. Determined to save the world, a fellowship of four unlikely heroes band together to foil Zeebad’s villainous plot Read the rest of this entry »

She’s All That

Good morning, Mr. Larsen. Your mission is to infiltrate your local Cineplex and attempt to understand Hollywood’s endless fascination with teenagers. Your mission will be filled with dangerous pitfalls, mindless dialogue, hair-raising clich├ęs and deadly plot retreads. You won’t be able to distinguish your contact because they all look alike. Read the rest of this entry »

Butterfly Effect 2, The

Nick Larson and his best friends Trevor Eastman and Amanda are celebrating the twentieth-fourth anniversary of his girlfriend Julie Miller in a beautiful lake on a Sunday morning. Nick is expecting to be promoted in the company where he works, and Julie is planning to move to his place instead of going to New York for her Master degree. However, Nick is called by his colleague Dave Bristol, who is disputing the promotion with Nick, for a meeting with a client Read the rest of this entry »

Phoenix DVD

The heat can make you do crazy things. In “Phoenix,” a decent stab at but a not slice of film noir, the temperature is soaring. Thanks to a tidy yet familiar script by Eddie Richey and assured direction by Danny Cannon, “Phoenix” ignites the screen with gut-wrenching action and incendiary performances. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Free or Die

It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up. In small-town, hard-scrabble New Hampshire, foul-mouthed all-talk slacker John “Rugged” Rudgate fancies himself a criminal. When a local plumber stares him down at a pub, Rugged vows revenge, pouring brake fluid in the man’s water supply Read the rest of this entry »

Eyes Wide Shut

After attending an evening of drinking and flirting at a Christmas party, Dr. William Harford (Tom Cruise) and his wife Alice (Nicole Kidman) retire to their swank Central Park West apartment for a little dope smoking and mind games. Read the rest of this entry »

Attack Force

Marshall Lawson loses his strike-team in a cold-blooded and seemingly random attack. After this he takes it upon himself to investigate the suspicious circumstances of the brutal killings. Soon he uncovers CTX Majestic, a covert military operation so secret, that now the military wants Marshall eliminated Read the rest of this entry »

Agnes browne

Director-star Anjelica Huston is superb in this touching, funny, and at times heartbreaking tale of an Irish woman trying to keep her brood together while looking for love. There’s lots of local color and character in this sweet Valentine to the heart and human spirit. Set in 1967, Huston plays Browne, a middle-aged mother of seven trying to make ends meet when her husband dies. Her quest to lead a simple, honest life takes a tailspin when she’s forced to borrow money from a local hood in order to bury her husband. Read the rest of this entry »

A Love Song For Bobby Long

Like New Orleans chicken and jambalaya, A Love Song For Bobby Long is deep fried and slow cooked, but not nearly as tasty. This quaint little slice of life drama about three castaways awash in misery and booze feels like Fried Green Tomatoes cooked in unsaturated fat and featuring an overripe performance by John Travolta as the drawling, drunk professor who fashions himself as a modern day Tennessee Williams. Read the rest of this entry »

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Jon goes to London to be with Liz and Garfield sneaks with him. Meanwhile a deceased Queen gives everything to her cat Prince XII. Her only heir Lord Dargis becomes jealous and tries to kill Prince Read the rest of this entry »

Slap Shot

If you’re a regular reader of my reviews, then you know that I keep a journal of my favorite lines from films. I started this practice back in 1977, and among the entries are two lines from director George Roy Hill’s “Slap Shot.” They both involve star Paul Newman and a four letter “C” word that some might use to describe a male chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck the Halls

This holiday comedy is centered around two neighbors in a small New England town who go to war when one of them decides to decorate his house with a so many Christmas lights that they are visible from space. The neighborhood is turned upside down as the families try to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) thought his luck had just changed when he start dating Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman). But what he doesn’t know is he is going out with New York super-hero G-Girl. When he breaks it of with her for his work partner Hannah (Anna Faris) G-Girl makes his life hell Read the rest of this entry »

The banger sisters

In Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous,” Kate Hudson, daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, plays a 1970’s rock and roll groupie, excuse me, a Band Aid, named Penny Lane. Because “Almost Famous” took place in the moment, we only got to see a small sliver of Lane’s life. Rumor has it that the real Lane “aided” quite a few “bands,” but was never willing to name names. Read the rest of this entry »