WATCHMEN: THE COMPLETE MOTION COMIC

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Normally I couldn’t care less about the lack a digital copy. But surely something that is the equivalent of a book (ie – something to be read on the toilet) should have the option to be viewed on a portable video device.


Posted on March 6, 2009 by

Wonder Woman (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 74 minutes

Exciting, funny, violent as hell, and displaying an almost angry feminist streak, “Wonder Woman” succeeds so well as a definitive origin story that it almost renders the eventual live-action movie a moot point.


Posted on February 26, 2009 by

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 120 minutes

OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST FILM 2009 It is easily one of the more charming and original movies of this year and is absolutely perfect family entertainment for anyone over the age of ten…


Posted on February 23, 2009 by

MILK

MILK
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST ACTOR 2009 It is a genuinely political picture, a film that cries out for activism and/or knowledgeable political engagement. Purely as a biopic of an important man in the ongoing struggle for gay rights, “Milk” is a worthy biopic and a solid motion picture.


Posted on February 23, 2009 by

‘CHICK FLICKS’ THAT AREN’T REALLY ‘CHICK FLICKS’

FILM THREATS SEVEN DAYS OF VD!!! I’ve always had a theory that there is no such thing as a good ‘chick flick’. In that, I meant that a chick flick was by nature a bad film…



Posted on February 11, 2009 by

FROZEN RIVER (Blu Ray)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

“Frozen River” is one of the best films of 2008… period. Whatever issues I have with the Oscars this year, all will be forgiven if Melissa Leo wins the Best Actress award.


Posted on February 10, 2009 by

CHOCOLATE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

I sat there hoping, wishing that someone would make a video game out of this movie, as the shophouse finale would make a stunningly fun final level.


Posted on February 9, 2009 by

DECONSTRUCTING CARRIE (How Female Escapism Differs From Male Escapism)

FILM THREATS SEVEN DAYS OF VD!!! The critics who complained that the characters of “Sex And The City” or countless other ‘chick flicks’ were vapid, shallow, and selfish were not off the mark, they were just missing the broader context.



Posted on February 9, 2009 by

TAKEN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 93 minutes

What makes the film work is the commanding lead performance from Liam Neeson. This is a wonderfully blunt, thoroughly compelling star turn.


Posted on January 28, 2009 by

GOOD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

It is difficult to tell a story about a morally sound man who struggles with his humanity in a totalitarian regime when, for the majority of the movie, said hero is completely oblivious to the actual actions and true intentions of said regime.


Posted on January 26, 2009 by

MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

“My Bloody Valentine 3D” is a film that doesn’t play fair and in terms of character development and story structure, it out and out cheats. Key character beats occur off screen, major developments are mentioned merely in passing, and there are at least a few moments where director Patrick Lussier out and out lies to his audience concerning explicitly onscreen events.


Posted on January 19, 2009 by

DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER

DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

While openly emotionally manipulative and completely subjective in its analysis, “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father” is a one of a kind film, a searingly sad but utterly fascinating glimpse into the human wreckage left behind by a single act of violence.


Posted on January 14, 2009 by

WALTZ WITH BASHIR

WALTZ WITH BASHIR
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

the tragic, violent true-life tale that concerns “Waltz with Bashir” is rendered even more powerful in animated form than it would likely have in life-action.


Posted on January 13, 2009 by

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

While Reeves literally plays a robot (in ironically, the very kind of wooden, off putting performance that his critics wrongly assume is his stock and trade) and Jennifer Connelly is given little to do, the supporting cast does their best to pull the weight.


Posted on January 10, 2009 by

SEVEN POUNDS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes

I recommend eventually seeing “Seven Pounds” for the acting and the questions that it will provoke. It is a challenging and thoughtful film, and the fact that it doesn’t quite work does not diminish the fact that something like this was attempted by a major studio with the biggest star on the planet.


Posted on January 5, 2009 by

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