August 2007

It has been awhile now that movie studios have been withholding certain films from the likes of we critics. In the past four years since I’ve been a regular reviewer, I’ve come to expect that most horror movies and some of the really lowbrow comedies will not be screened for the press. This edict comes [...]

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Balls of Fury

by Eric Melin on August 29, 2007

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Christopher Walken sleepwalks through a lazy comedy about extreme ping-pong and Def Leppard T-shirts.

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“Some balls are held for charity/And some for fancy dress/But when they’re held for pleasure/They’re the balls that I like best”  – Bon Scott, AC/DC Showing the same general sloppiness and overall disinterest for anything remotely resembling a new idea or coherent storytelling that he did with “Reno 911: Miami,” director Robert Ben Garant gets [...]

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“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982). Still the best high school movie ever made.

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Johnny’s demon barber faces a brutal slashing Looks like Warner Brothers is getting nervous about the gore in their version of “Sweeney Todd.” What exactly did they expect from a story about a barber that cuts throats? “Sleepy Hollow” is one of my favorite Tim Burton movies and it had fantastic R-rated gore! Sure, it [...]

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Hollywood trailers run the stylistic gamut, just like the films they advertise. On that rare occasion a trailer, like the first theatrical teaser for “The Fellowship of the Ring,” gives you just enough to drive you absolutely insane with anticipation and unquenchable curiosity. Other trailers like the mysterious “Cloverfield” (the J. J. Abrams water-cooler topic-of-the-week) [...]

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Director Rod Lurie delivers a compelling character drama that offers far more than its formula trailer suggests.

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Rocket Science

by Eric Melin on August 23, 2007

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The director of the award-winning documentary “Spellbound” offers up a fictional/autobiographical tale of teenage woes that is as hokey as it is precious.

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After the success of 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound,” writer/director Jeffrey Blitz tries his hand at a bit of fanciful semi-autobiographical material with “Rocket Science.” While trying to distance his own stuttering past from that of his ironically-named protagonist, nerdy-cute Hal Hefner, Blitz’s movie comes across as needy in the worst way. No fault lies in [...]

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RottenTomatoes.com is reporting today that Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti will play Colonel Parker in a prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep, the legendary 2002 cult flick that starred Bruce Campbell as an aged Elvis Presley fighting off an Egyptian mummy with the help of John F. Kennedy (the late Ossie Davis). The prospect of this team-up just blows [...]

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Wouldn’t it rule if that were true. Wouldn’t that just make your heart go pitter-patter? Usually, sequels are the result of a studio pushing beyond a good first film, with a credible director, to unreasonable lows like “Jaws: The Revenge” or “X-Men: The Last Stand” helmed by lesser captains. There is of course no risk [...]

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This movie is so funny, we’re giving you two reviews! First, check out Eric & J.D. moments after walking out of the theater showing “Superbad,” the new Seth Rogen-written teen comedy. Then, check out Eric’s print review for a more considered opinion of this foul-mouthed gem.

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Back in 1994, director Kevin Smith’s indie sensation “Clerks” was originally given an NC-17 rating despite the absence of any nudity or violence. The adults-only rating—which translates to box office poison—was singularly due to the film’s excessive profanity. With the help of Miramax lawyers, Smith appealed the decision and was eventually handed an R-rating, but [...]

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That’s the title of a blog post from EatSleepDrinkMusic, or ESDmusic.com. I had pretty much the same thought when I watched one of the more infamous sequences on this year’s World Series of Pop Culture on VH1, so it’s nice to see someone else noticed how funny it was and how it makes a big [...]

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“The Bourne Ultimatum” is the best of the Bourne franchise’s three films. I went back and watched “Identity” and “Supremacy” just this week to make sure. “Ultimatum” is a frenzied journey that layers chase scene upon chase scene into a furiously paced action-adventure extravaganza that never lets up. Even so, I still miss Franka Potente. [...]

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