Archive for the 'Film Review' Category

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet” is one of those preposterous movies that works because of its star power. Imagine the film with anyone else but star Clint Eastwood and it falls apart. It’s Eastwood who makes “The Gauntlet” such an exciting ride. Read the rest of this entry »

For Love of the Game DVD

Celebrated Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is having the worst and best day of his life. The woman in his life is leaving him for a high-profile job in London. He’s just been informed by the club’s owner that the team has been sold, and he’s due to be traded to New York. Read the rest of this entry »

Scream 3 DVD

By the time “Scream” arrived in 1996, the teen-slasher genre had all but worn itself out. Started in the seventies by John Carpenter with “Halloween” and revived in the eighties by Wes Craven with “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” the genre had long been the staple of drive-in double bills. Read the rest of this entry »

Out of Sight DVD

As first dates went, it was one for the record books. While some couple invariably end up in the back seat of a car during the middle of a date, this one began in the trunk. That’s where bank robber Jack Foley and Federal Marshal Karen Sisco end up when Sisco accidentally stumbles on Foley’s prison break. Read the rest of this entry »

Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban

In “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” blossoming teenage wizard Harry Potter is in a whole world of hurt. First he turns his Aunt Marge into a human dirigible, and upon returning to Hogwarts, learns that convicted killer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), implicated in the death of his parents, has escaped his cell. Read the rest of this entry »

Joy Ride

While driving home cross country, brothers Fuller (Steve Zahn) and Lewis (Paul Walker) pass the miles away by having a little fun on their CB radio. Older brother Fuller, whom Lewis has just bailed out of a Salt Lake City jail for drunk driving, goads Lewis into pretending to be a woman. Read the rest of this entry »

The Phantom of the Opera

As a theatrical production, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera incorporates the audience into the action, forcing them to become witting accomplices to the romance and mayhem that surrounds them. Read the rest of this entry »

Entrapment

“Entrapment” is one of those movies that is so much fun to watch you are willing to forgive its shortcomings. The film is also a text book example of how much star chemistry can carry a film. Read the rest of this entry »

For the Love of the Game

Celebrated Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is having the worst and best day of his life. The woman in his life is leaving him for a high-profile job in London. He’s just been informed by the club’s owner that the team has been sold, and he’s due to be traded to New York. Read the rest of this entry »

Scream 3

By the time “Scream” arrived in 1996, the teen-slasher genre had all but worn itself out. Started in the seventies by John Carpenter with “Halloween” and revived in the eighties by Wes Craven with “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” the genre had long been the staple of drive-in double bills. Read the rest of this entry »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone DVD

At this point in time, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is no longer just a movie. It is an event. Not since the release of “Star Wars” has any film generated such a high level of hype and buzz. It’s not surprising when you consider that both films share common themes, visual cues and ideals, including a young boy discovering his hidden powers, characters drawn over to the dark side, and wise old wizards. Read the rest of this entry »

Freddy Got Fingered

The guy behind the pharmacy counter didn’t understand. Brain Drain? No, Brain Draino, I told him. Something to clean out my mind. Maybe something that’s bad for short term memory? Maybe I could find one of those guys from “Men in Black” with the memory erasers. Anything to get the nasty taste of “Freddy Got Fingered” out of my mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

At this point in time, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is no longer just a movie. It is an event. Not since the release of “Star Wars” has any film generated such a high level of hype and buzz. It’s not surprising when you consider that both films share common themes, visual cues and ideals, including a young boy discovering his hidden powers, characters drawn over to the dark side, and wise old wizards. Read the rest of this entry »

Full Throttle

I was thinking about undergoing a frontal lobotomy this weekend. Instead, I went to a matinee showing of “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” Same thing. Not only did I save a butt-load of money, the operation only took an hour-and-a-half and didn’t leave a visible scar. Anyone thinking about undergoing a similar experience this weekend might want to take along their own anesthesiologist, because even though the film will leave you feeling numb, it won’t stop the lingering pain. Read the rest of this entry »

Out of Sight

As first dates went, it was one for the record books. While some couple invariably end up in the back seat of a car during the middle of a date, this one began in the trunk. That’s where bank robber Jack Foley and Federal Marshal Karen Sisco end up when Sisco accidentally stumbles on Foley’s prison break. Read the rest of this entry »