February 2007

“The Astronaut Farmer” is not a movie for cynics. From a laughable title with a jokey double meaning to a formulaic plot that charges ahead seemingly unaware of how ridiculous it is, this is one bold movie. The latest strange concoction from the filmmaking duo known as the Polish brothers (Michael writes and directs, Mark [...]

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Ever seen tractors and hay bales on the red carpet? In the midst of a dramatic chemical fire (that we have no footage of), Eric met up with Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen, along with the producer/writer/director team of the Polish brothers at the Kansas City premiere of their new film “The Astronaut Farmer.” [...]

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Browsing through YouTube.com at work today, I came across some clips of the new comedy “Reno 911!:Miami.” The movie’s studio put them there to promote the movie during its ever-so-crucial opening weekend. The tagline attached to the clips read: “Borat with a Badge.” Yeesh. It’s typical marketing—piggy back a new film with a mega-successful one [...]

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So, this years Oscars are even less exciting than they have been of late. With Helen Mirren’s almost certain stronghold in the Best Actress catagory and Marty Scorsese getting the Russell Crowe treatment for director – winning in subsequent years for a lesser performance, after having been thoroughly dissed on previous more deserving work – [...]

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Scene-Stealers.com is having an Oscar Party AND I’m even helping you out in the biggest categories worth the most number of points. Could there be a nicer host? It’s that simple; that clear–I want you to win big. Come for the money, come for the poster giveaway, come for the drinks, the big screen, and [...]

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For a movie that places so much emphasis on the soul, “Ghost Rider” is conspicuously devoid of one. “Ghost Rider” is another ham-fisted Marvel comic adaptation from Mark Steven Johnson, the writer/director who made “Daredevil” such a tedious bore four years ago. Johnson has the uncanny ability to make the extraordinary seem ordinary, as evidenced [...]

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From its handsome black-and-white images and heavy use of shadows to its low-key lighting and back-projected car backgrounds, “The Good German” is a loving tribute to the noir melodramas of the 1940s and 50s. It’s a shame that the film can’t muster the emotional weight that marks the best of those movies. Blame the dense [...]

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Steven Soderbergh’s new noir melodrama tribute “The Good German” starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett inspires Eric and J.D. to take a detour of their own, and their true feelings about each other are revealed. Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review.

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George Cukor may be the prototypical “women’s director” of Hollywood’s classic period, but nobody can write witty, sympathetic roles for modern women like Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar. And where Cukor had a rousing multi-picture partnership with Katherine Hepburn, Almodovar again teams with one of his favorite heroines, Penélope Cruz, in the genre-busting new film “Volver.” [...]

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If you think about it, fairy tales have always been pretty brutal. There’s Hansel and Gretel—two abandoned children who are kidnapped by an old woman who plans to devour them. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are both eaten by a wolf, and are miraculously rescued only after a woodcutter slices open the wolf’s [...]

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