November 2006

Preteen Christian warriors wearing camouflage make-up and dressed in combat fatigues brandish swords in a bizarre choreographed dance. A 10-year old girl weeps in a trance-like spiritual bliss, looking up to the sky. A 12-year old boy speaks in tongues. Children touch a cardboard effigy of President Bush while a massive church prays to guide [...]

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..featuring clips! Eric and J.D. talk mockumentaries, faux-hawks, the likelihood of Catherine O’Hara getting a real Oscar nomination, and Ricky Gervais’ addition to Christopher Guest’s ensemble comedy “For Your Consideration” in their review of the director’s latest. Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review.

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For an R-rated movie that glorifies the devil, bong rips and cock pushups, “Tenacious D in Pick of Destiny” is actually a pretty harmless concoction. No matter that the duo that bears half of the film’s title throws the “f” word around more casually than a Scorsese gangster—Jack Black and Kyle Gass are pure as [...]

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“The Fountain” is a polarizing movie that will frustrate the more practical moviegoer with the least amount of forward dramatic movement of any Hollywood film in recent memory. That said, it bravely flaunts its artistic qualities by showcasing the power of poetic imagery and daring to wear its sentimental heart on its sleeve. Dramatic conflict [...]

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Thank God for Christopher Guest. “For Your Consideration” is hilarious, thoroughly refreshing, comedic genius. Seriously, I laughed more genuinely than I have all year. “Consideration” is almost as good as Guest’s “Waiting For Guffman,” which is easily one of the ten funniest movies ever made. The construct for the latest Guest classic is that of [...]

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In the wake of the viciously satirical comedy “Borat,” Christopher Guest’s low-key Hollywood send-up “For Your Consideration” seems downright quaint. The writer/actor/director may be lampooning the late-year movie awards season, but he refuses to condemn the actions of his self-absorbed targets outright. Instead, he regards his oddball characters with the same warmth and affection that [...]

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Fans of the technical side of films – how they go from the editing room to the big or small screen and the hands they fall into on the way – will savor the latest documentary from director Kirby Dick (“Derrida”), “This Film Is Not Yet Rated.” As much as cinema-philes will gravitate to the [...]

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Nervous and reserved IRS agent Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) sits near the middle of an articulated double-bus. As it collapses in and expands out like an accordion, Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is alternately pulled close to him and then pushed away. This inventive scene from “Stranger Than Fiction,” where the camera vacillates with the flow [...]

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Spanning five languages and three continents, Mexican-born director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel proves film’s unique ability to reach beyond cultural barriers. Essentially a plea for international tolerance, the movie showcases images that are among the most breathtaking of the year. Iñárritu is at his most poetic when he illustrates humanity stripped of its differences and [...]

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Fresh from a screening of “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” Eric and J.D. discuss the difference between offensive and subversive and try to figure out why this movie is so damn funny. Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review.

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Every now and then, a movie comes along that changes the rules. “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” is one of those movies. We should have seen it coming. Reality-based humor just keeps getting more and more extreme. The simple pranks of TV’s long-running “Candid Camera” have finally morphed [...]

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I watched most of “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” with my hand over my face in disapproval and awe. Sacha Baron Cohen has got to be the most daring satirist of our time and his laser sharp faux-documentary is as cruel as it is unbelievably funny. The overwhelming [...]

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