Archive for January, 2003

The Prophecy

Evil never dies, especially in the movies. Box office success has done more for resurrection than the church. In horror films, you can’t keep a good serial killer down, at least not for long. You can stab them, impale them, behead them, or even blow them up at the end of a film. Doesn’t matter. Read the rest of this entry »


Writer-director David Mamet’s latest film “Heist” begins with a black and white Warner Bros. studio logo, perhaps an indicator that what follows will be a traditional, old-fashioned crime caper. The nostalgic throwback isn’t just a gimmick, but a subtle reminder that Hollywood is still capable of making them like they used to. Read the rest of this entry »

The Contender

When the Vice-President of the United States dies, Democratic President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) finds himself pressured to fill the post. The obvious choice is Governor Jack Hathaway (William Petersen), but when Hathaway becomes involved in a failed rescue attempt, his chances fade away. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Reviews




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With less than twenty-fours remaining before his client receives a lethal injection, a criminal psychiatrist and lawyer (Alfred Molina) stumbles across a personal diary that suggests his client suffers from multiple personality disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

Dogma DVD

A war is being waged on Earth between heaven and hell, and the unlikely protagonists are a pair of fallen angels played by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Read the rest of this entry »

Extraordinary Gentlemen

As bloated as Marlon Brando during the off-season, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” is not only bigger-than-life, it’s bigger than fantasy. Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore (“From Hell”) and illustrated by Kevin O’Neill, “Extraordinary Gentlemen” brings together seven literary creations (six in the graphic novel, one recruited by the films writer) to help the British Empire stop a madman from kick-starting a World War. Read the rest of this entry »

The Barbarian Invasions

Someone once said that the wealth of a man can be judged by the family and friends he leaves behind. If that’s true, then middle-aged, cantankerous former college professor Remy (Remy Girard) is the richest man in the world. Dying from a terminal illness, Remy spends his last days surrounded by friends, family, and former lovers. It wasn’t always that way. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Combining live action and animation has always been successful for Walt Disney Pictures. From “The Song of the South” to “Mary Poppins,” the studio has created some of film’s most memorable moments. They continued the tradition in 1989 with the release of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” a delirious concoction that marries a smart, funny script with wild animation to create a real crowd pleaser. Read the rest of this entry »


“Signs,” is an intense, thoughtful thriller about what happens to a Pennsylvania farmer and his family when they discover crop circles in their corn field. Widely believed to be a hoax, the circles have a fan base with people who deal in conspiracies, and attribute the patterns to aliens (sort of an intergalactic global tracking system). Read the rest of this entry »