August 2006

There’s something fascinating about magic again. In an era where computer-generated special effects can portray the most stunning of creatures or stunts, there is something exciting about watching a magician like Criss Angel or David Blaine leave onlookers in a state of shock by performing a trick right in front of their disbelieving eyes. It’s [...]

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What in the hell happened with “Snakes on a Plane”? With one incredibly simple title phrase and some super-savvy advertising, all this movie had to do was make good on everyone’s ridiculously low expectations. Bring the snakes, the plane, and the funny (intentional or otherwise) and it could ascend to a seat at the big [...]

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On the way home from a screening of “Little Miss Sunshine” starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell and Toni Collette, Eric and J.D. review the movie and try not to wreck the car, which is not being pulled by a truck.

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Eric and J.D. review the new Mark Wahlberg sports flick “Invincible”, while a hardcore Philadelphia Eagles fan ridicules them and the Dallas Cowboys. Can our dedicated critics keep their focus or will they lose the battle to a big green bald man who takes no prisoners and has eaten no lunch? Click on the photo [...]

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The standard sports movie cliché usually involves an underdog team faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their way. They look deep within themselves and, against the odds, pull out an unlikely victory. “Invincible,” the newest Disney sports film, more or less follows that formula with one exception. Vince Papale’s teammates don’t even want him on [...]

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In the tradition of great sports hero films like “Rocky,” “Invincible” is predictably inspirational. The fantastic surprise is that it is a PG-rated Disney film that is both incredibly well-made and full of gritty realism. Not unlike “Good Will Hunting,” this is the story of a loyal pack of friends deeply bonded and living under [...]

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If the quirky little indie comedy “Little Miss Sunshine” would have been made inside the Hollywood studio system, some studio executive somewhere would have suggested that the directors insert the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during the film’s cathartic finale. The title would have been changed to something more easily [...]

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“Little Miss Sunshine” is absolutely spectacular. The road-trip genre and dysfunctional family genre are frequently used foundations upon which to build a script, but this movie breaks out of the cliché. The first feature from husband and wife directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris is armed with inspired characters and killer performances that have the [...]

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The title of this list could very well be “Top 10 Overlooked Contemporary Movies That We Thought Up Off the Top of Our Heads That You Should See if You Haven’t.” I have the oldest movie on the list, and even it came out after I was born. These are films that, one way or [...]

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Hollywood’s resident wild-card director and sometimes conspiracy guru Oliver Stone couldn’t have made a better movie to follow his previous feature. The epic misadventure “Alexander” could have sent a lesser director back to the minor leagues, feeling lucky to direct an episode of “Laguna Beach,” but classics like “Platoon,” “Wall Street” and “JFK” give studios [...]

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After a screening of Oliver Stone’s new 9/11 drama “World Trade Center” starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena, Eric and J.D. sit down outside the theater and hug it out. As always, the review also features clips from the movie! Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review.

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Oliver Stone is the last person one would think of to direct a straightforward survival movie about the World Trade Center attack that is free of post-9/11 politics and full of religious empathy. Yet that’s exactly what the rabble-rousing director of “JFK,” the biggest government conspiracy film ever, has done. Whomever you think is responsible [...]

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On rare occasions, films can be entertaining and at the same time have sociological implications that add weight. For instance, I viewed Michael Moore’s controversial film “Bowling for Columbine” – a movie about Americans and their guns – in a theater full of Canadians in Toronto. I also had an opportunity to see Stephen Spielberg’s [...]

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Three cheers for the most unsung hero in comedy—the film editor! In the case of the newest improv-heavy Will Ferrell comedy “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” the MVP of the movie is most definitely editor Brent White. Just as he did with 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy,” White had to choose [...]

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This is the new edit of the music video by Dead Girls Ruin Everything, directed by our very own Eric Melin. It’s a parody of four classic teenage sex comedies– see if you can name them all! Thanks to the actors, crew, and Footage Productions for all their hard work. “All is Forgotten” is from [...]

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