February 2008

Semi-Pro

by Eric Melin on February 29, 2008

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It’s a basketball movie with almost no basketball– Will Ferrell pulls crazy stunts to fill seats in a bottom-tier 1970s sports league.

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“Semi-Pro” is the new Will Ferrell sports movie. Set in the 1970s, it is the story of an over-the-hill basketball player who has an NBA championship ring—only now he’s on his last legs, slumming it in Michigan with an ironically-named American Basketball Association team called the Flint Tropics. The only problem is that particular character [...]

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“Be careful what you wish for” is a notion that applies just as well to film as it does elsewhere. If you choose to employ a bold and complicated storytelling device such as showing the same event from the time and perspective of multiple individuals, it will build excitement and anticipation for a satisfying climactic conclusion. [...]

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Vantage Point

by Eric Melin on February 29, 2008

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A tricky narrative makes this whodunit mystery a captivating watch, even if it doesn’t quite pay off.

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Be Kind Rewind

by Eric Melin on February 27, 2008

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Jack Black and Mos Def coast through this Michel Gondry flick, but the movie spoofs are brilliantly conceived.

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To say that Michel Gondry’s new movie “Be Kind Rewind” has a ridiculous premise would be correct, but it would be missing the point. This peculiar little film isn’t set in any kind of reality I’m familiar with, and that is wholly its charm. One clever moment that happens early in the movie is a [...]

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Eric: It seems a bit strange to talk about this one night of television in terms of how much it entertained us when the focus really should be on the nominated movies themselves. So, before we dive into what we liked and hated about Sunday night’s Oscars, let’s get one thing out of the way. [...]

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Oscar Winners & Partygoers

by Eric Melin on February 25, 2008

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Wow, what a crazy night. There were a lot of upsets–starting with three “Bourne Ultimatum” wins, and continuing through to “Taxi From the Darkside” beating “Sicko” and Marion Cotillard and Tilda Swinton. The Scene-Stealers Oscar Party was fantastic; thanks to everybody who helped out, and congratulations to Betsy Hatch, who picked most of those upsets [...]

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Ever wonder why the TV networks try to stress a heavy amount of starpower and “the biggest movies of the year” to promote every Oscar telecast, even though neither is really true? I mean, this year, Angelina Jolie, just about the biggest celebrity name in the world, actually gave an Oscar-worthy performance (“A Mighty Heart”) [...]

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Jumper

by JD Warnock on February 22, 2008

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“The Bourne Identity” director Doug Liman returns with an action/adventure pic starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Diane Lane.

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We at Scene-Stealers are randomly expanding our national advance pass giveaways just to keep everyone on their toes. This time, we’re targeting Kansas City and Omaha. If you live in either of those areas, now is your chance to see the early-man epic adventure “10,000 B.C.” before it opens in theaters. As a special added [...]

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[youtube YVtZS8oAcoE nolink]It’s finally here– the last installment of the Scene-Stealers Oscar Fix! (Grueling, wasn’t it?) Eric and J.D. tackle the biggest category and the one generating the biggest amount of controversy– Best Picture. Will it be the grim outlook of “No Country for Old Men” or “There Will Be Blood” that prevails, or will [...]

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Charlie Bartlett

by Eric Melin on February 21, 2008

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A rich high schooler counsels his troubled fellow classmates in a bathroom and doles out prescription pills with the bully who used to beat him up in this forced-quirky dramedy.

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In an era where teenagers are increasingly more familiar with psychoactive drugs as a socially-accepted way to deal with the pressures of high school, it is about time that a movie came along and shed an appropriately dark light on the touchy subject. “Charlie Bartlett” is not that movie. It wants to say something, but [...]

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In spite of director Doug Liman’s track record of action genre prowess, with films like “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” his latest high-speed adventure “Jumper” is a tale of woefully unrealized potential and modest execution. It’s clear that Liman knows how to make action movies, but it seems the personality police should [...]

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