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The Dead Girl

The Dead Girl

I liked to be surprised by movies and this small film, writer-director Karen Moncrieff's "The Dead Girl," is a emotionally disturbing film that stands with "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" as gems that should not be overlooked. A dead girl is found in a field. Arden (Toni Collette) finds the b... [More]

The Queen

The Queen

I already lived through every scene of this story. It is seared into my consciousness. The only things I did not know were (a) Prince Charles is visibly terrified of his mother, (b) Prince Philip does not have a British accent, (c) Prime Minister Tony Blair lives a hardscrabble, working-class life a... [More]

Eragon

Eragon

Eragon, or as I like to call it– "Lord of the Rings Episode IV: A New Hope," is a new fantasy film based on a novel written by a seventeen year old by the name of Christopher Paolini. While watching the movie, I could tell that this young fellow is very much in love with Lord of the Rings (watch for... [More]

The Holiday

The Holiday

The Holiday is a chick flick in every sense of the term. The film is also further proof that Nancy Meyers is one of the more overrated directors out there. Still, she manages to attract stars like Mel Gibson (What Women Want), and Jack Nicholson (Something's Gotta Give) despite writing skills that a... [More]

Apocalypto

Apocalypto

Apocalypto makes it official. Mel Gibson is a madman. Maybe not the madman that hilarious South Park episode made him out to be (suggesting that Martin Riggs likes to finger paint with his own poop will go down in history as one of the funniest things I've ever seen), still Mel is a little bit nuts.... [More]

The Good German

The Good German

"The Good German" is based on a novel by Joseph Kanon with a script by Paul Attanasio. I'll try to dope out a bare outline for you: War correspondent Jake Geismer (George Clooney) returns to Berlin right after the end of World War ll. While running a news bureau in Berlin years earlier, he had a lov... [More]

Venus

Venus

If this was about loneliness and the fear of dying alone, I would have loved it. Instead, it's about a decrepit old coot hankering after a dear friend's niece's wayward daughter. Peter O'Toole, now 74, was a beautiful international movie star, but he still has to pay that mortgage. And let's not... [More]

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is privileged and destined for a luminous future. A Yale student, he is inducted into the secret society of the Skull and Bones brotherhood. His has allies in important places. Edward's stoic idealism is soon noticed and he is recruited by Army General Bill Sullivan (Rober... [More]

Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond

Ernest Blom, the president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses, said in a 2006 article I read recently (in an airline magazine on my way to South Africa), that conflict diamonds are now all but "an historical fact." Blom noted that "In 2000, it came to our attention that trade in conflict... [More]

Babel

Babel

I am a huge fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu's previous films, "21 Grams" (2003) and "Amores perros" (2000). Iñárritu is able to bring intensely felt human suffering to the screen. While the onslaught of popular films like "Hostel" and the "Saw" franchise exploit physical suffering in the extreme,... [More]

Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal

The male-dominated media is astonished when a good-looking, young female teacher – sometimes a gorgeous blond one – has sex with a 14 or 15 year old boy. No one seems to understand why. Not even psychotherapists offer much insight except the short-rope "bad daddy" excuse. I'm going to explain it – i... [More]

For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration is the latest improvisational concoction from Christopher Guest and his righteously talented crew (Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), and it couldn't come at a better time. This is, after all, Oscar season. This clever poke at that all consuming entity know... [More]

The Fountain

The Fountain

The Fountain is an exuberant, passionate, thirty-five million dollar art film made with visual bravado by an extremely talented film maker. This movie is, all at once, poetic, breathtaking, heartbreaking, and frustrating. Simply put, it's the kind of film that won't play to the masses, but I found i... [More]

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is the long awaited cinematic love letter to fans of the D. For those not in the know, Tenacious D is the musical/comedy brain child of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Formed in the mid 90's and appearing on the grossly underrated Mr. Show as well as their own HBO series... [More]

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

It's been four years since the last 007 installment and things have certainly changed a great deal since then. Ian Flemming's creation has been given a major overhaul, and the results are (if you'll forgive me) Smashing! As I'm sure you know the franchise has been given a fresh new face in the perso... [More]

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