Archive for January, 2004

South Park 3

The day “South Park” first appeared on cable’s Comedy Central is considered a holiday in our house. We gather for a feast of Snacky Cakes and Cheesy Poofs, and worship the animation Gods known as Parker and Stone. Read the rest of this entry »

The Exorcist DVD

I was sixteen when I first saw “The Exorcist.” I was associate editor of my high school newspaper, and the editor and myself had accompanied our teacher/supervisor to San Diego to spend the weekend with the Navy at Coronado. Read the rest of this entry »

School of Rock

Jack Black isn’t your traditional leading man. He’s not tall. He’s not pretty-boy handsome. He’s not cut. He’s more like your best friend, dependable, funny, constantly aware of his place in life and comfortable with that knowledge. Jack Black seems like the kind of person you could hang out with, which is what makes “School of Rock” so inviting. Read the rest of this entry »

Fight Club

Tyler Durden, the protagonist of David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” tells his new friend Jack that he can’t know anything about himself unless he has been in a fight. Not just an angry exchange of words, but a drag out, knock down connection of bare fist and flesh. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Reviews



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Welcome to Collinwood

In “Welcome to Collinwood,” a group of diverse, inept thieves gather for what they believe will be the biggest heist of their career. Even though they come from all walks of life, they share two things in common: they have a desperate need for money, and would rather steal than earn it. Read the rest of this entry »

A Sound of Thunder

Good intentions aside, A Sounder of Thunder takes a fascinating Ray Bradbury idea and mutates it into a bald tire of a movie which never gets a grip on the material. When I first read about A Sound of Thunder, I was excited. I love time travel movies, especially those which tinker with the fabric of time. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dentist 2

Here’s the drill: In “The Dentist,” respected dentist Dr. Alan Feinstone had it all. A beautiful wife. A good life, and a successful practice. Feinstone is good at what he does, but he has one little hang-up: bad teeth. It drives him crazy. Really. On his trip there, he also learns that his wife is doing the pool boy. Read the rest of this entry »


Set in dark, smoky rooms bathed in harsh fluorescent and neon lights, “Rounders” is a somber, moody character study. It’s about good people who have bad habits, and how their compulsive behavior dictates their destiny. Read the rest of this entry »

Phantoms DVD

What is it about quaint mountain top resorts that attracts ancient evil? Horror writers love the premise. Stephen King explored the theme in “The Shining,” and now comes Dean Koontz’s “Phantoms.” This is why I gave up snow skiing. Read the rest of this entry »