THE BRIDE WORE BLOOD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

The visual composition, which makes good use of foreground and background, is formally tight and telling, even if many shots linger and abuse the zoom lens…


Posted on March 31, 2008 by

SUPERHERO MOVIE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 85 minutes

Like many titles in the sub-genre, “Superhero Movie” just doesn’t know when to call it a day, dragging on and on (odd for a movie that doesn’t even reach ninety minutes)…


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AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2008 AFI DALLAS PREMIERE SERIES DOCUMENTARY! Whatever one’s feelings about the death penalty, “At the Death House Door” provides a rare insight from inside the death chamber; one the viewer is not soon likely to forget…


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THE ICE STORM: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 113 minutes

I’m sure I’m mostly speaking to fans of the film who want to know what Criterion has in store for them. Rest assured, it’s another worthy release…


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I FUCKING HATE YOU

I FUCKING HATE YOU
2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

One of the perils of improvised films is winding up with a production that starts in the middle of nowhere and ends up on the fringe of nowhere…


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THE LOST COAST

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 74 minutes

While Ian Scott McGregor, Lucas Alifano and Lindsay Benner turn in solid performances, the real stars here are Nils Kenaston’s Nature Channel-worthy photography and Nathan Matthew David’s moody score…


Posted on March 30, 2008 by

GOING BACK TO TEXAS…

GOING BACK TO TEXAS…

The dust has barely settled from SXSW and I’m on my way back to Texas for the AFI Dallas Film Festival. I’ll be there April 1-6, and on Saturday, April 5 at 5:30pm I’ll be moderating the following panel: A NEW GENERATION: TEEN FILMMAKERS TODAY Digital cameras and laptop editing has made it much easier […]



Posted on March 29, 2008 by

HAVING ANOTHER GO AT THIS ACTING THING, ELISHA?

HAVING ANOTHER GO AT THIS ACTING THING, ELISHA?

The original unnecessarily complicated romance comedy is now being remade into a watered down and much more sugary romantic comedy, and goody, they seem to have left in much of the same male bashing from the original. [youtube]VXsMTxrsQR4[/youtube]



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THANK GOD FOR SMALL MIRACLES…

THANK GOD FOR SMALL MIRACLES…

Somehow, and I’m not sure how, I allowed E! to stay on my television for longer than a channel surfing second. I let “The Soup,” “Chelsea Lately” and some show called “The Daily 10″ play and… if I owned a gun, I’d be a dead man right now…



Posted on March 29, 2008 by

SIX MAN, TEXAS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 71 minutes

2008 AFI DALLAS FILM FESTIVAL TEXAS COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY! We’re reminded again why the book, movie and television series “Friday Night Lights” took place in Texas and not, say, Rhode Island…


Posted on March 29, 2008 by

THE JEAN SEBERG ENIGMA: INTERVIEW WITH GARRY MCGEE

Garry McGee’s new biography details the tumultuous life of the extraordinary yet elusive Jean Seberg…



Posted on March 28, 2008 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can only be found on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil drinks champagne out of Liz Taylor’s bra…



Posted on March 28, 2008 by

STOP-LOSS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 113 minutes

Mixed messages abound, not the least of which is the juxtaposition between the military’s underhanded employment retention policies (bad) and the fact that they turn you into a one man ass-kicking machine (good)…


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THE ART OF PAIN

5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

Written and directed by Matt Brookens, this feature length outing is jam packed with genre geek droolworthiness – zombies, ninjas, comic books, Lloyd Kaufman talking about sticking drugs up his butt, nerd vengeance and a vicious dark comic streak reminiscent of teen suicide comedy “Heathers…”


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JESSIE’S DIARY

JESSIE’S DIARY
1.5 Stars
Year Released: 1996
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 48 minutes

This film plays like a bad, less entertaining, made-for-television Disney movie. It has zero suspense, the humor is flat, and the only redeeming quality is that it isn’t 90 minutes long…


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