Archive for the 'Film Review' Category

Shortcut to Happiness

Young New-York writer Jabez Stone (Alec Baldwin) arranges a deal with Devil (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in order to achieve great success in literature and become the bestsellers’ author in exchange of his soul on the expiry of 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Resident Evil: Extinction

The third part of “Resident Evil” is based on a script by series creator Paul WS Anderson. It is the third installment in the series of film adaptations based on the popular Capcom survival horror game series Resident Evil. Read the rest of this entry »

Planet Terror

Rodriguez has shot a great movie, but it’s better not to take it seriously: just switch off your brain and enjoy the movie! Team-work with Tarantino has brought some fruits: dialogs in this film are just super! And in addition to it we have perfect scenario, great actors and soundtrack.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Let’s start from the book. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is the longest and the most somber among all five ones, but it has already broken all possible records! The first edition of Phoenix was issued in 13.5 million copies. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Luck Chuck

Nice and fresh Jessica Alba is the one the young actresses who looks great among other testosterone-soaked young moviegoers. She has such sweet appearance that she can bring a success to even bad movie like “Into the blue”. She is starring in new film “Good Luck Chuck” with Dane Cook who is one of the most popular comic-actors in America. Read the rest of this entry »

A Civil Action

I’ve been to court on several occasions (nothing illegal, just the usual: restraining orders, mob boss indictments, contract negotiations) and I have to tell you one thing: 99% of everything that goes on in court is boring. Extremely boring. It’s not very interesting or very compelling. As someone who sat through the entire O.J. Simpson murder trial could tell you, if they could bottle most of what happened in the courtroom during the trial it would make a great sleeping agent. Oh sure, every now and then something interesting would happen, but for the most part, I feel sorry for juries. Read the rest of this entry »

Men in Black 2

You know a big-budget special-effects driven movie is in trouble when a talking canine steals the spotlight. That’s what happens in “Men in Black 2,” a noisy, bigger-isn’t-necessarily-better sequel to the 1997 blockbuster. Despite all of the expensive window trapping and the return of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (in 1997 they were billed as Jones and Smith), “Men in Black 2” is a sequel that is much ado about nothing. Sorry Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Adaptation DVD

Charlie Kaufman has a problem. The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of “Being John Malkovich” and the current “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” has been asked to adapt Susan Orlean’s best-selling novel “The Orchid Thief” into a screenplay. Kaufman soon learns that as written, “The Orchid Thief” is not really movie material. Read the rest of this entry »

Mighty Joe Young

There are some movies that audiences immediately dismiss until their video debut. What does it for me is the coming attraction. I have purposely skipped certain films until their home video premiere because of a dubious trailer. Usually my instincts are right. Occasionally I’m the victim of a bad trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Adaptation

Charlie Kaufman has a problem. The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of “Being John Malkovich” and the current “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” has been asked to adapt Susan Orlean’s best-selling novel “The Orchid Thief” into a screenplay. Kaufman soon learns that as written, “The Orchid Thief” is not really movie material. Read the rest of this entry »

Election DVD

Even though director Alexander Payne’s “Election” is set in modern times, it struck such a familiar cord with me that I couldn’t help being transported back to my high school days. Darkly comic and scathingly funny, “Election” manages to nail the proverbial high school experience on the head. Read the rest of this entry »

Fade to Black

Desperate to shed the nice boy image that catapulted him to stardom in “Breaking Away,” actor Dennis Christopher turned to director Vernon Zimmermann’s quirky black comedy “Fade to Black.” Indeed, “Fade to Black” was as far from the sunny outlook of “Breaking Away” that Christopher could get without doing snuff or porno. Read the rest of this entry »

The Upside Of Anger

Kevin Costner must feel like Garrett Morris’ Saturday Night Live character Chico Escuela: Baseball has been very, very good to me.

Good? Let’s talk great. Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, For Love of the Game, and now The Upside of Anger, in which the guy with the All-American good looks and home run smile plays a former baseball star now trying to score off the field. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Children

Tales of family disintegration have been around since man first threw Mammoth blood on a cave wall. This devolution has been the basis of great literature, inspiring everyone from Shakespeare to Sontag. Dysfunctional families serve as reminders how fragile and vulnerable love and relationships can be, and their presence in movies allow us to look into the window without fear. Read the rest of this entry »

Election

Even though director Alexander Payne’s “Election” is set in modern times, it struck such a familiar cord with me that I couldn’t help being transported back to my high school days. Darkly comic and scathingly funny, “Election” manages to nail the proverbial high school experience on the head. Like high school itself, sometimes it hurts. Read the rest of this entry »