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Movie 43

COMEDY. EXPOSED.  It’s unbelievable that so many talents would be willing to work on and off on this collection of raunchy sketches for ten years and come up with so little. The title has nothing to do with the movie itself and there doesn’t seem to be much of a theme, even though Peter Farrelly’s … Continue reading Movie 43

Far from Heaven

WHAT IMPRISONS DESIRES OF THE HEART?   Rainer Werner Fassbinder wasn’t the only one in awe of Douglas Sirk. In this drama, Todd Haynes has recreated everything from Sirk’s films to perfection. One in particular in fact, All That Heaven Allows (1955) – the red, yellow and orange autumn colors in the cinematography, the neat … Continue reading Far from Heaven

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

The Right Stuff: Touching the Sky

HOW THE FUTURE BEGAN. I have never understood those people who have no interest in space. That’s like showing no interest in the questions that have occupied scientists and philosophers ever since mankind grew a brain large enough to use it for something other than gathering food. This is a film that portrays people who … Continue reading The Right Stuff: Touching the Sky


THERE COMES A TIME TO CUT LOOSE. Teenager Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves from Boston to a small Southern town that recently banned public dancing; he becomes interested in the pastor’s daughter (Julianne Hough). A surprisingly successful remake of the 1984 film. Craig Brewer combines the musical energy from his Hustle & Flow (2005) with the Southern heat … Continue reading Footloose

The Special Relationship

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POLITICS OF FRIENDSHIP. As Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) is elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, he’s already enjoyed the support of U.S. President Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) for some time… but the special relationship will be tested over the years. The third film to star Sheen as Blair (after The Deal (2003) and The Queen (2006)) … Continue reading The Special Relationship

Vantage Point

8 STRANGERS. 8 POINTS OF VIEW. 1 TRUTH.  The U.S. President (William Hurt) is shot during an anti-terrorism summit in Salamanca, Spain… but the perspectives of eight different people on the scene reveal a few surprises. Rashomon (1950) is still a reliable concept – every time we see the assassination attempt from a new angle, … Continue reading Vantage Point

American Dreamz

IMAGINE A COUNTRY WHERE THE PRESIDENT NEVER READS THE NEWSPAPER, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT GOES TO WAR FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, AND MORE PEOPLE VOTE FOR A POP IDOL THAN THEIR NEXT PRESIDENT.  Director Paul Weitz is almost overreaching here. We’re introduced to the quite depressed U.S. President (Dennis Quaid), the cynical host (Hugh Grant) … Continue reading American Dreamz

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, THEY DON’T. Duke and Ripcord (Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans) join the elite G.I. Joe unit and become centerpieces in the fight against a Scottish arms dealer (Christopher Eccleston) and his crew. Another movie based on Hasbro toys (in the vein of Transformers) that chronicles the beginning of the evil Cobra Command. A low … Continue reading G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra