Archive for January, 2005


“Daredevil,” the latest comic book-to-screen transfer, reminded me of a comatose beauty queen. The film looks good, but it just lays there. Whereas sleeping beauty may eventually wake from her slumber and once again become a vital presence, no such luck with “Daredevil.” Read the rest of this entry »

Snakes On A Plane

Hate flying? Hate snakes? Federal Agent Nelville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) sure does, and he wants the slimy reptiles off his damn plane. Flynn doesn’t exactly use those words, but no one cusses better than Samuel L. Jackson, so I won’ t even try. Read the rest of this entry »


Lean, buff, bronzed to perfection, Greek warrior Achilles moves with authority and precision. Unfortunately Achilles is trapped under the bloated weight of “Troy,” a long, drawn out, sword and sandal epic that has more brawn than brains. Read the rest of this entry »

Erin Brockovich

She has hair that would make Paul Mitchell cry and a wardrobe so tacky even Madonna would cringe. She has two ex-husbands, three kids, $17,000 in debt and $73 in the bank. She drives a piece of junk on four wheels, and is out of work. She was once a beauty queen, but the only court she could reside over right now has trailers parked in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis, the new film from director James C.E. Burke and writer Brent Boyd, is about connections: making them, losing them, coming to terms with them. It’s a smartly written, sharply observed coming-of-age drama about a 20-something slacker, played by Joshua Jackson, who can’t hold on to a job or sustain a relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Gosford Park

You’re invited to a weekend of hunting, gossip and murder. Dress is formal.

Welcome to “Gosford Park,” a smashing British ensemble that blends together the best of Agatha Christie and Merchant Ivory. It’s “Murder on the Orient Express” by way of “Howard’s End,” and the end result is one of director Robert Altman’s best films in years. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Talk about bad timing. As Walt Disney Pictures prepares for the release of their annual Christmas movie, the star of the film decides to leave his popular television show. As rumors circulate why he left the show, his theatrical film stock and goodwill begin to melt like the winter snow. Read the rest of this entry »

Dawn of the Dead

When there is no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the Earth!

And we’re not talking about the upcoming Presidential election.

You can’t keep a good zombie down, and in the revisionist remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” those zombies are power walking. Gone are the images of lumbering zombies in George Romero’s landmark 1978 original. Read the rest of this entry »

Suicide Kings

Director Peter O’Fallon cut his teeth on television, giving him the perfect credentials to direct this suspenseful ensemble piece in a short period of time on a very limited budget. O’Fallon’s theatrical debut is a stunning one, a high-caliber comedy-thriller that punches all the right buttons. Read the rest of this entry »

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Funny thing about zombies. They just won’t stay dead.
The living dead make another appearance in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, a by-the-numbers sequel to the 2002 film based on the popular series of video games. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the original Resident Evil was a nasty exercise in blood and guts, an insular thriller about a small band of survivors trapped in an underground top secret lab with mutant zombies. Read the rest of this entry »