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May 2008

An out-of-place “Law & Order”-style opening narration clues you in that “The Strangers” was “inspired by real events.” The authoritative voice goes on to tell you some statistics about violent crime (as the movie prints them for us to read as well) before ending with the shocking admission that, in this case, nobody really knows […]


First things first, I have to declare a serious bias against “Sex and the City.” I have very publicly stated, to both friends and strangers, my curiously strong dislike of majority of the principle cast, and my objection to the general tone and to the repulsively materialistic center of the popular TV series and its […]


More cool news from the “Watchmen” movie camp: You’ve got to be a member of the New York Times website to see this, so I’ll just post the entire article here, but the gist of it is that the “Tales of the Black Freighter” story that serves to comment on the action in “Watchmen” will […]


I’ve been crowing a lot in the recent weeks about all the completely unjustified venom being spewed at the Wachowski brothers’ day-glo kids movie “Speed Racer.” There’s a really dangerous thing out there called ‘critical consensus,’ where the buzz surrounding a movie and its critical reception is so bad that everyone just stays away. Like […]


[vimeo 988699 nolink] Just saw this “No Country for Old Men” parody clip in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, and I had to post it. One of the most memorable scenes of last year has been given a re-do with Javier Bardem’s voice being replaced by a hyper-effeminate one. Thing is, the clerk’s reactions […]


Son of Rambow

by Eric Melin on May 23, 2008

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Inspiration comes in all forms and writer/director Garth Jennings gets that idea across with equal parts cliché and whimsy in this U.K. import.


I love movies about the power of movies. Believe me, I’m not a film critic because I think there’s a lot of money in it. I review movies because they hold this strange and exciting power over me and they have ever since I was a kid—the power to ignite the imagination. U.K. import “Son […]


For all the fans out there still reeling from the fallout and disappointment caused by the profoundly unsatisfying “Star Wars” prequels let me quell your fears… this isn’t that. Remember kids, George Lucas’ name is attached to both franchises, but at the end of the day these are Stephen Spielberg movies. Sure, Lucas wrote the […]


George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford resurrect one of America’s greatest heroes and update his story seamlessly into the late 1950s with mostly positive results.


Moments after the final credits  stopped the first Indiana Jones movie in 18 years, Eric and J.D. turn on the camera and record their instant reaction. Not only did they screen “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” early, but the movie played at the Screenland Armour, a 1920s theater in Kansas City that […]


MacGyver is coming to the big screen? Gizmodo says so. From their site… Today at Maker Faire 2008, MacGyver creator (and real life inspiration) Lee David Zlotoff announced he has a big budget MacGyver movie in the planning stages. Zlotoff mentioned he somehow ended up with the movie rights years ago (extremely uncommon), giving him […]


It had been awhile since I’d seen a great “red scare” picture—a movie filled with the type of paranoia and fear that so thoroughly informed a huge number of films in the 1960s, and had a Reagan-era resurgence through the 80s. This weekend, we got a sneak peek at the latest big-budget Hollywood action/adventure flick which brilliantly employed […]


It boasts some nice VFX, but director Andrew Adamson still hasn’t figured out how to make this classic story stand out among even the most generic fantasy films.


“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” gets our two reviewers a little worked up. J.D. is very prone to liking the fantasy films, and Eric’s still got something stuck in his craw about “Speed Racer.” Sounds like the makings of a good one…


This isn’t the newest of news, but scary stuff is happening with the Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are.” Here are some photos from the movie and a link to the petition being circulated to save Jonze’s vision fo the film, which is supported 100 percent by the book’s author, Maurice […]