April 2004

Last week I blasted the crowd-pleasing hit movie “13 Going on 30” for being little more than a remake of “Big.” As luck would have it, this week we have another derivative teen-lesson movie. The difference between the two, however, is alarming. While “13 Going on 30” offers no insight or new ideas, “Mean Girls” [...]

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The following transcription is taken from a conversation that took place in my friend Cameron’s van last night, after driving back from the screening of “Envy.” Cameron: What a waste. I thought any movie with Jack Black and Ben Stiller just had to be hilarious! Eric: The first scene in the movie, where they were [...]

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Back in 1988, Tom Hanks was mainly known for silly lowbrow comedies like “Bachelor Party” and “Dragnet.” His first starring role was in 1984’s “Splash,” director Ron Howard’s mermaid-out-of-water tale. It was a successful crossover into mainstream comedy. But that movie’s success hadn’t really been attributed to him. Then came “Big.” Penny Marshall directed Hanks [...]

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“Don’t let your memories kill you.” “They won’t kill me.” But this ridiculously inconsistent revenge flick may. Although it is masquerading as a trashy ‘80s Schwarzenegger action flick, “The Punisher” is actually the newest Marvel comic book character brought to Hollywood’s big screen. “The Punisher” is like Mel Gibson’s “Payback,” but not nearly as much [...]

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My friend Megan tells me that the rated-R teen formula comedy I saw tonight, “The Girl Next Door,” is being billed in TV ads as the movie for “the next generation.” Apparently, that could be more clearly defined as “the generation that grew up with porn in mainstream culture.” When I was in junior high, [...]

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“I want to welcome you all to tonight’s advance screening of ‘Standing Tall’ with the Rock.” That’s how the Hot Jamz 103 disc jockey introduced the new underdog action caper featuring Dwayne Johnson, known to wrestling fans as the Rock, last Tuesday night at the movie theater. It was an early omen, telling me that [...]

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Ron Perlman is an odd-looking fellow. He’s the guy the with the long face and forceful jaw you might have seen in movies like “City of Lost Children” or “Blade II.” He was the Beast on TV’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Perlman is the kind of character actor who doesn’t ever get the chance to [...]

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