I LOVE YOUR WORK

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes

IN THEATERS! Ribisi is great as Evans. When we see him walking the red carpet at a film premiere, he is the epitome of a young male movie star – cocky, smart, dashing. When he is alone in his soulless apartment late at night, he walks and talks like an old Ozzy Osbourne trapped in a young Christopher Walken’s body…


Posted on November 4, 2005 by

OLD BOY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 119 minutes

IN THEATERS! How come that lately every dull movie is called a meditation on something? There’s no meditation here, and there’s no need for it, as there is no subtext, no psychological depth, no philosophical insight…


Posted on March 25, 2005 by

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

FILMFEST MUNCHEN 2004 REVIEW! Mostly shot in grainy black and white with color just used for flashbacks, dream sequences and the dramatic finale, “The Saddest Music in the World” is pure Guy Maddin…


Posted on July 8, 2004 by

PEEP TV SHOW

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

FILMFEST MUNCHEN 2004 REVIEW! “Peep TV Show” asks some valid questions about voyeurism, like is it more perverted to watch your neighbor in her living room, or to have to watch planes crashing into skyscrapers over and over again? Is reality on video still real?


Posted on July 8, 2004 by

10 DAYS IN SITGES

Day 6 – Korea Day with Spanish subtitles.  Style-conscious Hong Kong director Oxide Pang (The Eye) is an odd choice for directing the adaptation of “The Tesseract,” the character-driven second novel of Brit writer Alex Garland (The Beach). At first it seems indeed that the shoe won’t fit: Fast cuts without rhyme and reason, random […]



Posted on January 7, 2004 by

10 DAYS IN SITGES

Day 4 – French Frights  Another note to Markus Nispel: Go see “Haute Tension,” and think about what you did wrong and French director Alexandre Aja did right. Maybe not the surprise ending, which I am still undecided about, although it does make much more sense in retrospect than it did when it occurred. Except […]



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10 DAYS IN SITGES

Day 3 – Wanking in L.A.  “S.W.A.T.” by Clark Johnson is based on an old TV show that I don’t remember having ever seen, but it seems to be quite popular in Spain under the title “Los hombres de Harrelson.” I don’t know about the show, but the film is mostly about masturbation. It’s about […]



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10 DAYS IN SITGES

Day 2 – Et tu, Leatherface.  We all know: Remakes are evil. But then again: Why exactly? Stage plays get updated all the time, adjusting to the intentions of new directors and the circumstances of new times. Why not handle screenplays the same way? ADVICE TO THE FAINT OF HEART: SKIP THE NEXT PARAGRAPH I […]



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10 DAYS IN SITGES

Even without Europe’s most beloved festival for fantastic films, Sitges would be a great place to be. Located a convenient half hour train ride from Barcelona, the small seaside town offers amazing 15th century buildings as well as numerous bars and night clubs for every cultural and sexual persuasion. Not to mention the beach, the sun and the palm trees. And once a year Sitges is host to the International Film Festival of Catalonia…



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10 DAYS IN SITGES

Day 10 – Better than Britney.  Call me old and prejudiced, but normally I don’t watch movies designed as acting vehicles for teenage pop singers. That I was willing to make an exception for “The Twins Effect” is mostly because sometimes I feel like watching a train wreck. I had never heard of the titular […]



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