March 2007

A small town in rural Kansas City is not the most obvious place to set a heist picture starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Isla Fisher, two of Hollywood’s brightest up-and-coming stars. Additionally, centering your movie on a brain-damaged bank janitor is about as far away as you can get from glitz and glamour, but that is [...]

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Sometimes the best movie in town isn’t actually in the movie theater. DVD has singlehandedly saved the reputation of older movies, which can now be enjoyed by the cinephile and the average moviegoer at once without any crappy pan-and-scan ruining the experience. some of these are older movies, some are ones you just may have [...]

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So often in movies, characters never really do the things that real people do in everyday life. We rarely see them at work, listening to music, or playing videogames. When a tragedy occurs in a movie, grief can be overcome quickly with a brief montage. In real life, the healing process is long and involved. [...]

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…with clips from “300”! Eric and J.D. discuss the most violent movie since “Apocalypto” and the gayest movie since “Brokeback Mountain.” Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review.

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In terms of stylistic overkill, the new big screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s uber-violent graphic novel “300” ranks right up there with “Moulin Rouge.” Where Baz Luhrmann’s movie musical was overflowing with ripe emotion, though, “300” is a bombastic and cold affair, not unlike watching the story sequences between levels in a video game. Outmatched [...]

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As I was leaving the theater I still hadn’t made up my mind about David Fincher’s (Seven) latest “Zodiac.” But as I got in my car, I glanced with noticeable tension in the rear view mirror into the back seat, half expecting someone to be there. Now, that’s what a thriller is supposed to do…entertain [...]

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In “Zodiac,” Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Robert Graysmith, a former political cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle who becomes obsessed with finding the serial killer who taunted police and terrorized the Bay Area in the early 1970s. Although it was directed by David Fincher—the man behind “Seven”—this new movie has more in common with Gyllenhaal’s [...]

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