COOKERS (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

I won’t forget “Cookers” any time soon, an amazing exploration of the horrors of Methamphetamines, or Crystal Meth…


Posted on October 20, 2005 by

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

SXSW NARRATIVE FEATURE 2005 REVIEW! And they said the movie musical was dead. This is an astonishing achievement…


Posted on March 14, 2005 by

THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

Words may not do this film justice, but that’s not going to stop me from trying…


Posted on February 22, 2005 by

HOW’S YOUR NEWS? (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Many folks won’t have a problem chuckling at the antics of “God’s little clowns”…


Posted on July 15, 2004 by

ACTS OF WORSHIP

4 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY, NOVEMBER 21ST! Hey, “Acts of Worship” may not be the most accomplished film, but for the right people, it could be a very important one…


Posted on November 17, 2003 by

MANIC

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! In reality, troubled people never really get rid of their demons. The best you can hope for is to find a way to control them. In the end, that’s what “Manic” is really about: a glimmer of hope…


Posted on April 28, 2003 by

BORN RICH

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

SUNDANCE 2003 AMERICAN SPECTRUM SELECTION! Surprisingly, even though the film pissed me off, I liked it…


Posted on February 10, 2003 by

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 107 minutes

IN THEATERS! Jackie Chan is back as Chinese expatriate Chon Wang, and this time it’s PERSONAL! Wang picks up his old ne’er-do-well gringo bullshit artist partner, Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson). Much wacky hijinx ensue. It just could have been so much more…


Posted on February 9, 2003 by

NARC

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

Writer/director Joe Carnahan made a splash with his indie debut, “Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane”, a little too drunk on his own style. This time around he not only has it right, but has taken a decisive step away from all the Tarantino wannabes toward being his own man…


Posted on January 4, 2003 by

TWEEKED

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

DARLING NARITA, WINNER OF THE BEST ACTRESS AWARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR INDEPENDENT FILM IN BRUSSELS! Drug culture has been a favorite setting and subject for movies for over three decades…


Posted on November 19, 2002 by

TEKNOLUST

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

IN THEATERS IN NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18TH AND LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 25TH! Apparently SEX is the most efficient way of procuring these required nutrients…


Posted on October 14, 2002 by

CHILDREN UNDERGROUND

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

SCREENING AT UCLA’S JAMES BRIDGES THEATER, OCTOBER 1ST! Romania leader Nicolæ Ceaucescu wanted to increase his nation’s work force. His solution: outlaw contraception and abortion while requiring more stringent physical examinations for women to ensure pregnancies went to term…


Posted on September 30, 2002 by

ONE HOUR PHOTO

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes

IN THEATERS IN NEW YORK AND LA! Damn! Is Robin Williams really starring in a little independent movie? If he’s trying to prove his acting chops, mission accomplished. He brings the depth the part needs, while never pandering or making him too likable. If this is the direction he’s headed in his career, fantastic. For auteur Romanek, it was at least a good first try…


Posted on August 21, 2002 by

BLUE CRUSH

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

IN THEATERS AUGUST 16TH! Something like this was probably pitched as “extreme sports” featuring young chicks in bikinis. With this bland cast of nobodies and its PG-13 rating, the picture fails to work on even that level. Too bad. I’m sure that an interesting film could easily be made about girl surfers, this just ain’t it…


Posted on August 10, 2002 by

THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE

5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

IN THEATERS IN LIMITED RELEASE! Damn, what can you say to adequately describe the charmed life and troubled times of Hollywood producer/gambler/mogul/legend Bob Evans? Describing his influence on American film and culture is like relating Abraham Lincoln’s influence on American history…


Posted on July 29, 2002 by

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