Archive for April, 2004

Spider-Man 2

Peter Parker (Tobey McGuire) can’t seem to catch any kind of break. Being Spiderman has brought him nothing but problems as far as his personal life is concerned. Not only that, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is engaged to astronaut John Jameson, and Peter may lose her forever Read the rest of this entry »

Trucks

I liked this movie the first time I saw it…as “Maximum Overdrive.” That old song lyric “everything old is new again” is the anthem for this made-for-cable (USA Network) thriller based on the Stephen King short story. King himself made his director’s debut with “Maximum Overdrive,” a vicious little thriller about a road side diner full of people trapped by marauding trucks. Read the rest of this entry »

Mark of the Devil

What was once considered shocking and controversial in 1970 comes off as silly and pretentious in 1999. Check out the lovely insert card inside the DVD of “Mark of the Devil,” the notorious English-German co-production from director Michael Armstrong (obviously an American pseudonym). Read the rest of this entry »

Lost in Space

Hollywood’s love affair with nostalgic television continues with the release of “Lost in Space,” Irwin Allen’s campy, intergalactic version of “Swiss Family Robinson.” It’s been thirty years since we last visited with the Robinson’s, and time has proven that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Read the rest of this entry »

The Devil Wears Prada

When Runway fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly goes swimming in the ocean, sharks clear a path out of professional courtesy. Priestly may not have a fin, but she navigates the waters of New York high fashion with precision, devouring anything crossing her path. Read the rest of this entry »

Island at the Top of the World

In an attempt to recapture the glory of their earlier Jules Verne days (“20,00 Leagues Under the Sea,” “In Search of the Castaways“), Walt Disney Pictures dished up “The Island at the Top of the World” in 1974. Read the rest of this entry »

Shallow Ground

A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff’s station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl. Now Sheriff Jack Shepherd, guilt ridden over the girl’s murder, must confront his own demons as he desperately searches for the boy’s true identity and possible victims. Little does Jack realize that he has started down a path that will bring him face to face with an unthinkable horror Read the rest of this entry »

Madhouse

The psychiatric intern Clark Stevens (Joshua Leonanrd) comes to Cunningham Hall, a mental healthy facility administrated by Dr. Franks (Lance Henriksen), for a training period before his graduation in medical college. He gets close to the resident Sara (Jordan Ladd) and to Ben London, a dangerous patient lodged in cell 44 in the basement of the clinic Read the rest of this entry »

Deconstructing Harry

The patient displays paranoid behavior, but then what do you expect from a Woody Allen comedy. It’s a shame Allen’s real-life domestic situation took precedence over this hilarious comedy about a writer trying to make sense of his life. Unfortunately, he can’t turn to his friends, because he burned each and every one of them in his last book. Read the rest of this entry »

Damage

When Jeremy Irons is in character, he sure has a way with the women. Whether his character is offing a socialite wife (“Reversal of Fortune”), or plying his pedophile trade (“Lolita”), Irons knows how to play complicated men. His performance in Louis Malle’s “Damage” is both bold and intimate. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cooler

As strains of Frank Sinatra singing “Luck Be A Lady Tonight” waft through the background, Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) makes his way through the casino of the Shangri-La, an old time establishment hiding amongst the glitz and glitter of downtown Las Vegas. Bernie works at the Shangri-La, but he doesn’t deal cards, serve drinks or make change. Read the rest of this entry »

She Hate Me

Harvard-educated biotech executive John Henry Jack Armstrong gets fired when he informs on his bosses, launching an investigation into their business dealings by the Securities & Exchange Commission. Branded a whistle-blower and therefore unemployable, Jack desperately needs to make a living. When his former girlfriend Fatima, a high powered businesswoman–and now a lesbian–offers him cash to impregnate her and her new girlfriend Alex, Jack is persuaded by the chance to make easy money Read the rest of this entry »

House on Haunted Hill

There is an old joke about a man who walks up to a woman and offers her $1 million if she will sleep with him. She immediately answers yes. He then offers her half-a-million, and she say yes. Then he offers here a $100,000 and the offer is still yes. When he finally offers her $1,000, she turns him down and says AWhat kind of woman do you think I am? Read the rest of this entry »