MEAN CREEK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 87 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! From the beginning it is noticeable that this group of young actors is a gifted crowd. The plot to “Mean Creek” is one that defies being too surprising, but even if you can assume the impending action the cast is reason enough to stay on board…


Posted on August 22, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “TOYS”

To The Island of Misfit Films Things open in a traditional fashion with an opulent Christmas pageant involving costumed children, a full chorus, and presents being parachuted down to the tykes from a Santa riding in a toy airplane from above. We also get subjected to the first of the numerous techno-New Age songs on […]



Posted on August 19, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “TOYS”

North Polemic Back in the early days of the Reagan era (when this story was certainly conceived) it may have been timely to rail against the perceived monolithic military complex while numerous groups were hysterical that The Gipper was ready to bring us to Armageddon. This is not to suggest that they were right or […]



Posted on August 19, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “TOYS”

Every Dog Has Its Holiday You had the sense back in ’92 that “Toys” hadn’t provoked visions of sugar plums in the minds of 20th Century Fox executives. Despite the above assets, and a tent-pole opening date one week before Christmas, there was not the traditional holiday frenzy behind the release. Notably it sported an […]



Posted on August 19, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “TOYS”

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM? Brad Slager brings us a deep exploration into films that received a major studio release, with bankable star talent and a significant promotional campaign, and yet failed to receive the public’s attention. This week, Brad takes a look at Robin Williams tragedy “Toys”…



Posted on August 18, 2004 by

SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Director Jean-Francois Pouliot does the right thing in choosing to slowly reveal the personality of the town and the individual denizens rather than delivering the humor with a mallet…


Posted on June 28, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “JOHNNY MNEMONIC”

Obsolescence Minded One additional limitation to William Gibson’s version of contemporary fiction is that it quickly becomes outdated. The type technology that he chooses to involve himself with evolves at a quick pace, with hardware and software becoming outmoded in scant few years, so that Gibson’s tales are as relevant today as a Commodore-64. The […]



Posted on June 16, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “JOHNNY MNEMONIC”

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM? Brad Slager brings us a deep exploration into films that received a major studio release, with bankable star talent and a significant promotional campaign, and yet failed to receive the public’s attention. This week, Brad takes a look at cyberjunk adventure “Johnny Mnemonic…”



Posted on June 15, 2004 by

A DAY AFTER “THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW”

Al Gore was asked about how he liked “The Day After Tomorrow” and he described it as “Extremely enjoyable—beyond the message.” I first had to wonder if he saw the same snooze fest as I, but then I thought about it. This is Al Gore we are talking about, a man who can make Keanu Reeves appear animated by comparison…



Posted on June 15, 2004 by

A DAY AFTER “THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW”

Cataclysmic Script and Catastrophic Direction It takes all of 5 minutes to begin to see the lack of sense Roland employs with his script. We meet our hero Jack Hall (Randy Quaid), the first time ever that the hero mantle has been used on a paleoclimatologist–that is to say, a prehistoric weatherman. Jack’s job is […]



Posted on June 15, 2004 by

CRUST

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

The film “Crust” features, and is centered upon, a seven-foot long boxing shrimp. You may very well find yourself getting involved against your better judgment…


Posted on May 12, 2004 by

THE LAWS OF ATTRACTION

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

IN THEATERS! The most painful part of seeing this movie is not the fact that it fails to deliver but that it actually came close. What could have been an enjoyable modernization of classic character stories becomes little more than a pedestrian romance tale…


Posted on May 3, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE”

Satirized for Our Protection Naturally, major revisions were going to have to take place for Touchstone to move forward with production, so gone were the socially offensive elements of Parkin’s book. That still meant some morally questionable activities would remain to be mined for humor, and the task was given to screenwriter Charlie Peters, a […]



Posted on April 21, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE”

Acting Like Savages We get introduced to the unkempt professor as he is prostrate on the sofa with his three ruffians-children overrunning the house. There is Shelly, his typically irritable teenage daughter, (Natasha Lyonne); Mickey, an adolescent son just wanting more time with dad; and Edmund, much younger and obviously troubled because he rarely speaks. […]



Posted on April 21, 2004 by

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE”

MILK CARTON CINEMA: “KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE”

Premising the Mark If you were like most and did not see this film just looking at the movie poster of Richard Dreyfus in full native garb is sufficient to produce the same feeling of dismay. The effect is that of a production on par with a bad television pilot that was never picked up […]



Posted on April 21, 2004 by

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