DANDELION

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

IN THEATERS! Mark Milgard, who also wrote the story, does an admirable job of keeping the emotions of the young actors in check, modulating them so that we get treated not to melodramatics but realistic emotions that are tangible…


Posted on October 7, 2005 by

FOUR-BANGERS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

Filmed on location in Wisconsin, this film centers on a form of auto racing encountered by the filmmakers and their discovery proves to be something of a low octane epiphany…


Posted on April 20, 2005 by

BORN INTO BROTHELS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE! Pretty much the title says it all in that whatever you can imagine as a result basically shows up on screen. Co-director Zana Briski actually insinuated herself into the red light district of Calcutta India in order to glean knowledge about the women, but as she says in the narraration, the first thing she encountered were the children…


Posted on February 26, 2005 by

A FAMILY XMAS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

Depending on your opinion of the usual yuletide merriment on television and theater screens this time of year this short will either be a welcome diversion or a jarring deviation…


Posted on December 20, 2004 by

CORN (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 96 minutes

Now the fretful advocacy set gets its due with “Corn”, a film that shines the glare of attention on the controversial field of bio-engineered food…


Posted on November 25, 2004 by

LAP DANCING

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

From top to bottom this short is clearly the work of professionals on the rise…


Posted on November 9, 2004 by

THE YES MEN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

SEE BEFORE YOU VOTE! Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno did not originally intend to target the global commerce body known as the WTO, but as events grew around them they adapted their unique techniques to begin tilting at larger and larger windmills…


Posted on October 28, 2004 by

TARGET (DVD)

1 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 84 minutes

Not so much a bad movie as it is a non-movie, “Target” presents not only implausibility but comically apathetic writing and humorously detached direction…


Posted on October 8, 2004 by

FASTER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

The measure of this movie is not how it appeals to the biking set, because every button is pushed that would satisfy purists. But as a documentary for casual or non-fans it is highly entertaining…


Posted on October 1, 2004 by

CHISHOLM ’72 – UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Proudly calling herself a dark horse candidate, she was actually accurately described by a former staffer as something akin to Don Quixote. What is left for the viewer to ponder is what might happen if a woman like Shirley Chisholm were around today…


Posted on September 20, 2004 by

THE HOME TEACHERS (DVD)

THE HOME TEACHERS (DVD)
1 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 80 minutes

The crux here revolves around two differing personalities paired up for the sake of comedy…


Posted on September 17, 2004 by

MAKING A SEQUEL TO A CLASSIC: BE VERY AFRAID

Haunted But Undaunted The story of “Part 4” has the most modest of starting points, on the shelf in the closet of underwhelming scripts at Morgan Creek Productions. It was there while visiting the Creek offices that novelist Caleb Carr found a dismissed script for a new “Exorcist” attempt, a prequel written by William Wisher, […]



Posted on August 31, 2004 by

MAKING A SEQUEL TO A CLASSIC: BE VERY AFRAID

Given the supernatural subject matter in the “Exorcist” series it may seem natural to allude to any problems the production encounters as being the result of “a curse”. However, looking over the course of this film’s creation it appears like a convenient means of explaining away numerous missteps…



Posted on August 30, 2004 by

CURSE OF THE KOMODO (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

When an eight year old can pick apart your efforts after a mere 5 seconds you are in trouble…


Posted on August 26, 2004 by

SHADE (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

While “Shade” provides a balance between “The Sting” and “Rounders” it falls short of both efforts…


Posted on August 23, 2004 by

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