April 2006

From the film’s official web site: “United 93 intends to dignify the memory of those on that flight, the men and women whose sacrifice remains one of the most heroic legacies of the incomprehensible tragedies that unfolded on that autumn morning.” I’ve been toiling for three days trying to figure out how to write about [...]

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For all the advance criticism that “United 93” has received for being a Hollywood version of our national tragedy on September 11, 2001, the actual film itself is about as far from Hollywood as you can get. British director Paul Greengrass helmed this gripping docudrama that mixes depictions of real-life events (with some of the [...]

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Part 2 of Eric’s exclusive on-camera interview with Kevin Willmott, director of the thought-provoking and hilarious “C.S.A. The Confederate States of America.” Quicktime users click here.

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Star ratings (or “rock fist” ratings!) suck. They accompany movie reviews for quick reference, so that actually reading the review isn’t necessary to know what the critic thought of the picture. “Did you see Melin’s review of ‘American Dreamz’?” “Yeah, he gave it two and a half stars; a minor rock fist up.” Some people [...]

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Going into “The Sentinel” I thought to myself…this has the potential to be good. Michael Douglas produced the film so he obviously felt he was on to something. Keifer Sutherland is making a secret service agent movie on the heels of the uber successful “24,” a show which has brought him career-high credibility, so this [...]

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“C.S.A. The Confederate States of America” is one of the most fascinating and controversial films of the year. Eric caught up with director Kevin Willmott to chat about uncomfortable laughter and true science fiction. It’s a Scene-Stealers.com exclusive! Quicktime users click here.

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It’s that time of year again. The approach of summer brings the hype of the superheroes. It seems like its been going on forever, but it hasn’t really. Hollywood blockbusters have gone comic book with the advent of convincing CGI technology. This year, the X-Men are back with a new director, and the X-Men’s old [...]

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In the world of folk music, Bob Dylan is frequently crowned as the artist who has made the biggest impact on the genre. Sure, Bob may have gotten Ringo high for the first time, subsequently bringing us “Rubber Soul,” and he freaked out a pile of feedback deprived hippies when he went electric, but what [...]

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My friend JoJo was a debate champion. He still loves to boast of the verbal beatdowns that he delivered upon his lesser opponents, even reducing some of them to tears. “If you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.” JoJo didn’t say that, but he could have. That’s the kind of fatherly advice that big tobacco lobbyist [...]

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Back by popular demand– it’s another Instant Review! Eric & J.D. walk straight out of the “Lucky Number Slevin” screening, take care of some business, and debate its merits (or lack thereof) on the way home in the car! Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review.

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“Lucky Number Slevin” is at the very least a clever crime caper. It comes complete with captivating and quirky performances and a story line that keeps you in the dark until the end, despite the transparency of the main character’s identity. Normally this sort of observation would be negative, but if you can show your [...]

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First you hear the voice. It’s that weathered rasp you’ve heard before, delivered with the utmost gravitas. Even before the shot of the man’s legs ominously descending a large spiral staircase, you recognize the voice. It’s Morgan Freeman, and the speech he’s delivering must be really important, because it’s coming out slow and labored, staged [...]

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Nada Surf interview

by Eric Melin on April 6, 2006

in Features

Eric talks to one of his favorite bands about movies, life, and hobbit sightings! Check out Nada Surf‘s new album “The Weight is a Gift.” Quicktime users click here.

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