Archive for the 'Film' Category

Juno

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Ratatouille

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this movie, except perhaps the idea of rats in food. Otherwise it looked beautiful, the characters were great, as was the story.

No Country for Old Men

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to give this movie a 4.5, but I just couldn’t. I love everything the Coen brothers did with this film, and I loved the acting, but I don’t really love the writing of Cormac McCarthy. I enjoy it, but his stories seem to end in the same place they began, and coupled with […]

Infamous

Monday, November 19th, 2007
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re going to see one movie about Truman Capote, see Infamous. Capote presents the story with little context in which to consider it, and whitewashes over Capote’s flamboyant charm and eccentricities which allowed him to gain his position in society and access to gossiping Kansas families, and ultimately the murderers themselves. Hoffman plays Capote […]

Year of the Dog

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
Rating: 2 of 5 stars

I thought this was going to be an idiosyncratic romantic comedy about a lady who loves dogs. Instead it’s a really dark movie about a stereotypical spinster and how her life spirals out of control from a series of bad decisions with good intentions. This film involves a lot of cringing as you wait for […]

Blades of Glory

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
Rating: 1 of 5 stars

28 Weeks Later

Monday, October 29th, 2007
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Oh in Ohio

Thursday, October 18th, 2007
Rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

The only redeeming quality about the most contrived movie with the most forced dialogue I’ve ever seen was Cleveland. That is, until it just began vomiting Cleveland references as to suggest the filmmakers couldn’t remember where they were. Watching Mischa Barton act is like watching a less animated Jack Skelington read cue cards. Factual errors: […]

Accepted

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
Rating: 1 of 5 stars

Likely written by a drunken 15 year old.

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Cracked’s 10 Most Asinine Movie Twist Endings. High Tension was on track to become one of the great horror films of our time. That is, until its final 10 minutes, where the filmmakers raised their middle fingers to the audience and said, “Hey, you know that awesome movie you were just watching? … Yeah, well, […]

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This movie has been sitting at the bottom of my Netflix queue for a year now, but my interest was piqued by last week’s discussion. It’s a fairly straightforward two and a half hour documentary about the life of Ayn Rand. While it only touches briefly on her controversies it doesn’t quite ignore them altogether. […]

Pinochet’s Last Stand

Thursday, September 27th, 2007
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Fracture

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

That’ll be the day when public offices are all equipped with Apple computers. Aside from being terrible all around, one particular part of this movie left a bad taste in my mouth, the notion a senior level lawyer at a powerful firm would immediately throw herself at a handsome, young new hire. Why is it […]

Pathfinder

Monday, September 24th, 2007
Rating: 1 of 5 stars

If I had a half star rating this would’ve received it. I was willing to put aside historical inaccuracies for dazzling visuals, but there were none. I’m not sure which was worse, the writing or the effects. Why did the vikings speak Icelandic but the Native Americans spoke English? The whole thing was like watching […]

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Geeks of Doom on Good Luck Chuck To start, this movie is so insatiably sexist that it just ASSUMES that women are so eager to enter into a life of indentured servitude, cleaning the shit stains out of dude’s drawers, and birthing their spawn that they will enter random sexual encounters on just the OFF-CHANCE […]

Hollywoodland

Thursday, September 20th, 2007
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Dark Days

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shortbus

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Perhaps the most genuine and endearing film I’ve seen in a long time.

Miranda July Is Not Ironic

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about Miranda July’s work suffering the twee film backlash. I find this mostly unfair since I don’t even really consider her a filmmaker. I’ve always seen her as a performance artist, though she’s really a jack of all trades. Me and You and Everyone We Know and No One […]

Black Snake Moan

Monday, September 17th, 2007
Rating: 1 of 5 stars

This movie was a caricaturish, hipsterized vision of the South. Alana called it “if Williamsburg had a white-trash theme party.” There were approximately three minutes of film where Christina Ricci wasn’t writhing on all fours. Samuel L. Jackson isn’t much of an actor when he isn’t being type-cast as the angry swearing dude. The only […]

The Omen (1976)

Friday, September 14th, 2007
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rottweilers? Are you kidding me?

Lady in the Water

Thursday, September 13th, 2007
Rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

American Hardcore

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Host

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Zodiac

Monday, September 10th, 2007
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zodiac was the scariest movie I’ve seen since Silence of the Lambs or Seven. I can’t believe I didn’t hear more about this when it came out. Though I don’t think Robert Downey Jr. pulls off the deadpan thing very well.

Halloween

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
Rating: 1 of 5 stars

Rob Zombie’s Halloween was the worst movie I’ve seen all year. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into after his Texas Chainsaw Massacre rip / homage House of 1,000 Corpses. I had expected a remake, and what I got was a totally different movie than the original Halloween. A movie that took […]

Superbad

Monday, August 27th, 2007
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Either I’m becoming a curmudgeon, or teenage humor has gotten decidedly more explicit since I was in high school. Maybe that has something to do with the movie being written by a 25 year old. It wasn’t as great as all the hype, and the story is your typical teenage boy must do X ridiculous […]

300

Monday, August 13th, 2007
Rating: 2 of 5 stars

I cannot even believe how bad this was. I don’t recall the comic being a cheap Gladiator knock off. The green screen just made everything look hollow, and half the special effects were too cheesy to be taken seriously. I’ve seen sock puppets that make better wolves. There were parts where I could actually see […]

The Simpsons Movie

Monday, July 30th, 2007
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Like an episode of The Simpsons, but without the humor and the best characters. Too much plot.