FILM THREAT’S FRIGID 50: THE COLDEST PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD 2008

BEST OF 2008! Unlike those “power” lists that brown-nose their way into some pampered celebrity’s good graces, the annual Frigid 50 details the least-powerful, least-inspiring, least-intriguing people in all of Tinseltown. Find out who made this year’s list…



Posted on December 31, 2008 by

WALK THE LINE: INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR JAMES MARSH

Don’t mistake “Man on Wire” with “Man on Fire.” You won’t find a gun slinging Denzel Washington in James Marsh’s whimsical, dreamlike documentary – only an impish Frenchman with a passion for walking wires…



Posted on December 30, 2008 by

HOSPITALITY

HOSPITALITY

By thirty minutes into the movie, not much else has happened other than the set-up I have described. It isn’t really clear where the film is going by this point.



Posted on December 30, 2008 by

MAKIBEFO (DVD)

MAKIBEFO (DVD)
2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 73 minutes

The ensemble’s inept handling of dialogue make explain why there are so many long stretches of silence.


Posted on December 30, 2008 by

THE SLEAZE PARADE: “SHOCK FESTIVAL” AUTHOR STEPHEN ROMANO

BEST OF 2008! Stephen Romano’s illustrated, fictional history book “Shock Festival” is a painstaking and lovingly crafted tribute to grindhouse movies of yore, containing hundreds of glorious and gore-spattered full color images that give true testimony to the depth of Romano’s obsession…



Posted on December 29, 2008 by

FREE FOR ALL

FREE FOR ALL

Adding another layer to the show, Ennis pulls a Fox Mulder on us and goes on a search for “The Truth”. No one is really able to define the word for him, let alone tell him where to find it.



Posted on December 29, 2008 by

RIGGED

RIGGED
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 102 minutes

RIGGED wants to be a tale of redemption and underdog success, but it never quite lives up to its own potential.


Posted on December 29, 2008 by

FROST BITE: DIRECTOR TOMAS ALFREDSON ON “LET THE RIGHT ONE IN”

BEST OF 2008! In speaking with Alfredson, whose resume also includes four previous feature films and years of Swedish television, my agenda is simple. I want to define the essence of what makes “Let the Right One In” so refreshing and unique…



Posted on December 28, 2008 by

THROWAWAY

THROWAWAY

The bum, with his stitched-up forehead and blackened teeth, recalls both Frankenstein’s monster and the dream man from Mulholland Drive…



Posted on December 28, 2008 by

MOVIE VACATION AT THE 2008 SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

BEST OF 2008! It’s been a long time. I missed going to the San Diego Asian Film Festival the past couple of years because there was always something in the way – life’s little nuisances pooping on my party. But this year I vowed to pull it together…



Posted on December 27, 2008 by

YES MAN

YES MAN
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

“Yes Man” can be construed as an acknowledgment that the drive for acceptance, which has haunted Carrey since his traumatic childhood, has finally been quashed. He now realizes that, to paraphrase Minnesota’s next senator, he is ‘good enough, smart enough, and gosh-darn it, people DO like him’.


Posted on December 27, 2008 by

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 100 minutes

Trailers for “Despereaux” focus heavily, if not exclusively, on the title character. Knowing virtually nothing about the film’s story other than the inclusion of a mouse that doesn’t behave as a scaredy-mouse should, I wasn’t exactly ready for an entire secondary storyline involving a rat.


Posted on December 27, 2008 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE

THE BOOTLEG FILES: TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE

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 goes out of this world with sensitive young aliens.



Posted on December 26, 2008 by

SIDEWALK 2008: THE INDIES STRIKE BACK

BEST OF 2008! Last year I decided to see what happened if I experienced a sober Sidewalk Film Festival and while good times were had, I decided this year to return to the booze soaked shenanigans of legends told. Well… not that hardcore, but I am feeling the post-festival burn…



Posted on December 26, 2008 by

MARLEY & ME

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 120 minutes

I don’t care how great your writing gig is, when an animal is endangering your family, inadvertently or not, you either turn the dog into an outdoor pet or you “take a walk” with him and your 20-gauge.


Posted on December 26, 2008 by

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