March 2006

What kind of standards can you apply to a movie where a tiny slug from outer space burrows into a man’s stomach, causing him to mutate into a giant squid and develop a ravenous hunger for flesh? Well, it’s no “Citizen Kane,” but “Slither” is the most fun I’ve had at a horror movie since [...]

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“Basic Instinct 2” is excruciating. It is little more than a tawdry sex romp, of the variety that might have been shown only on late night Cinemax in the Eighties. If the astonishingly bad screenplay and laughable acting were to become engaged in some contest to see which of the two was, in fact more [...]

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“C.S.A: Confederate States of America” is a truly unique and rare motion picture. What the film lacks in budget, editing, and performances it more than makes up for with an utterly brilliant and awe-inspiring concept. “C.S.A” is confrontational and completely in your face, but in a way that is so bold and smart that any [...]

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It’s not very often that Spike Lee directs a movie that he didn’t write. Perhaps that’s why all the trailers and TV ads for his new movie, “Inside Man,” downplay the controversial director’s involvement, instead stressing its “perfect bank robbery” set-up and star power. Clive Owen is the brilliant perpetrator, Jodi Foster the strong-willed power [...]

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I am absolutely chomping at the bit for another go at “V for Vendetta.” Last years brilliant graphic novel adaptation of Frank Miller’s “Sin City” is the only other film that has ever been as successful in bringing the specific style of comics to the big screen. I marvel at the concise construction of this [...]

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The Declaration of Independence states that “governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes,” so when the terrorist known only as V announces to a live television audience in 2020 Britain that he will blow up Parliament in one year’s time, we Americans assume things must have gotten pretty bad. That, [...]

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The seemingly never-ending string of horror movie remakes continues with French director Alexandre Aja’s modern re-telling of the Wes Craven 1977 low budget cult classic “The Hills Have Eyes.” While the new version features a faster pace and the superior make-up and special effects that more money can buy, it never quite commits to either [...]

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Once in awhile a film comes along of unparalleled importance, a movie that transcends the bounds of the normal theatrical experience. A film whose singular wit and charm, comic timing and acting prowess are a testament to stellar screenwriting and undeniable direction. A movie which isn’t a movie at all, but instead a magnificent social [...]

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It’s the last day of our Scene-Stealers expert Oscar Predictions! Today, we look at Best Director and Bset Picture. One seems all sewn up, the other could go one of two ways! Also, learn about the “Screw Scorsese” rule- an unfortunate and shameful rule. Quicktime users click here.

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This one is all but sewn up, kids. Looks like all Eric’s campaigning will finally pay off on Sunday night, unless there’s a weird dark horse split vote-type thingie. Curious about the “Impersonations or Debilitations” rule? Now’s your chance to learn more. Quicktime users click here.

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We’re midway through Oscar Week and Eric and J.D. are both certain about who will win that Best Actress statue Sunday night. Also, learn about the “Julia Roberts rule,” and see why this prediction can’t lose! Quicktime users click here.

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