INCLUDE_DATA

THE FALL (2008) **** DVD review by SEBASTIAN

THE FALL (2008) **** DVD review by SEBASTIAN

Posted on September 25th, 2008

Perhaps “The Fall” is a film best enjoyed by photographers, painters, and most importantly surrealists. I think I may have some sort of favoritism towards a film like this just because it plays up these elements so very well. When director Tarsem Singh’s first movie “The Cell” hit screens in 2000, I was first in […]

Read more...
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD ***** DVD review by ELLIPSO

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD ***** DVD review by ELLIPSO

Posted on September 24th, 2008

2007 was such an excellent year for mainstream American art films, that I’d hate to pick a favorite. “No Country For Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood,” and this film are three films that I never would have imagined sharing the same Oscar nominations… but there they were. They all deserved it. All three of […]

Read more...
LAKEVIEW TERRACE (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

LAKEVIEW TERRACE (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on September 23rd, 2008

Director Neil LaBute hasn’t made an interesting movie since he thundered onto the Hollywood radar with his controversial critical hit “In the Company of Men.” The appeal of his “Nurse Betty” eluded me and his 2006 version of “The Wicker Man” was one of the most laughably bad remakes in recent memory. With “Lakeview Terrace,” […]

Read more...
SPEED RACER (2008) **1/2 DVD review by SEBASTIAN

SPEED RACER (2008) **1/2 DVD review by SEBASTIAN

Posted on September 21st, 2008

Perhaps I would have liked “Speed Racer” better if I had been a fan of the animated series or really intoxicated. I can imagine that its insanely hyper action sequences and uber-psychedelic pallet of colors would appeal to those seeking to expand their minds, if you know what I mean. Ahem. “Speed Racer” is the […]

Read more...
REDBELT (2008) ***1/2 DVD review by COOP

REDBELT (2008) ***1/2 DVD review by COOP

Posted on September 21st, 2008

If anyone is to enjoy this film, you must have these three prerequisites… 1. An interest in martial arts, both practice and philosophy 2. A love for David Mamet’s work and style 3. An appreciation for art-house movies If you don’t qualify for even one of these, you won’t get “Redbelt.” Lucky for me, I […]

Read more...
STAR WARS : THE CLONE WARS (2008) *** movie review by SEBASTIAN

STAR WARS : THE CLONE WARS (2008) *** movie review by SEBASTIAN

Posted on September 19th, 2008

I remember watching the cartoon network mini-episodes of the clone wars and wishing for more. Well it seems I got my wish, but not without a few catches. George Lucas’ newest installment in his ultra-popular franchise delivers very well most of the time, but there are definitely some big problems with this film. I doubt […]

Read more...
1 Comment
SWEENY TODD (2006 BBC adaptation) **** DVD review by SEBASTIAN

SWEENY TODD (2006 BBC adaptation) **** DVD review by SEBASTIAN

Posted on September 19th, 2008

I can clearly remember “Silence of the Lambs” when it first released in theaters in 1991. I thought it was extremely effective in its bending of genre stereotypes. It also scared the hell outta me. “Sweeny Todd” doesn’t quite live up to the legacy of Silence, but it delivers some first class chills, as well […]

Read more...
SYNECDOCHE, NY trailer… What the heck did I just see?? by COOP

SYNECDOCHE, NY trailer… What the heck did I just see?? by COOP

Posted on September 18th, 2008

“Synecdoche, NY” (apparently pronounced “si-nek-duk-ee”)is the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman. This is the guy who assailed us with his genius by writing “Being John Malkovich,” then lapsed into a bunch of overrated independent films like “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” While his later efforts showed hints of genius, […]

Read more...
BURN AFTER READING (2008) * movie review by COOP

BURN AFTER READING (2008) * movie review by COOP

Posted on September 16th, 2008

Last year, Joel and Ethan Coen knocked one out of the park with “No Country For Old Men,” racking up an Oscar trifecta with Best Motion Picture, Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay. Proving their maturity as two of the best filmmakers in the world, expectations were high for their next project. The follow up: […]

Read more...
1 Comment
For superhero fans only!… by COOP

For superhero fans only!… by COOP

Posted on September 12th, 2008

This hilarious fan-made video involves toy Batman and Iron Man figures talkin’ smack at each other about their movies, differences and similarities. Fans of the movies and the characters will find this uproarious. Non-fans won’t get it. Watch it anyway to see Iron Man zap Spider-Man just for the hell of it…

Read more...
BANGKOK DANGEROUS (2008) ** movie review by COOP

BANGKOK DANGEROUS (2008) ** movie review by COOP

Posted on September 9th, 2008

I often imagine how big, Hollywood stars choose their roles. Is it the largest paycheck or the potential for prestige? Is it a passion for a genre or the strength of a script? Is it all those things or do they simply close their eyes and throw darts at a board? I’m sure the answer […]

Read more...
TRAITOR (2008) *** movie review by COOP

TRAITOR (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on September 2nd, 2008

Fear fuels the first half of “Traitor” by suggesting that even the most harmless-looking man or woman on the street could suddenly blow themselves up in the middle of a crowd. Then the story turns the tables by revealing a deeper message: The vast majority of Muslims find acts of terror as repugnant as Westerners, […]

Read more...
WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY (2006) *** DVD capsule by COOP

WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY (2006) *** DVD capsule by COOP

Posted on September 1st, 2008

This sweet-natured offbeat comedy stars Patrick Fugit as Zia, a depressed guy who commits suicide over an ex-girlfriend, Desiree (Leslie Bibb). Zia awakes from death to find himself in a bleak limbo reserved for suicide victims. In this grey-tinged world, no one can smile, there are no stars in the sky and everyone has even […]

Read more...