May 2008

Seventeen years after “Point Break” washed up in movie theaters, surf’s up for the sequel! Are they kidding? I cant imagine it will star either Keanu Reeves or Patrick Swayze. From the Hollywood Reporter: “Point Break: Indo,” with Jan de Bont aboard to direct. An Asia-based follow-up to director Kathryn Bigelow’s original, which starred Reeves as […]


“Charlie Bartlett” came and went pretty quickly in theaters recently and was such a contrived stab at the “alienated youth” genre that it made me think of the countless films that cover this territory much more convincingly. I liked the angle of the new “self-overmedication” problem that seems to have sprung up, but “Charlie Bartlett” […]


Remember when you were a kid and you discovered the joys of coloring books? If you were like me, you just wanted to fill in the spaces between those rigid black and white lines. But there was always that showoff whiz kid who used every one of those 64 Crayons and never colored even a […]


Speed Racer

by Eric Melin on May 9, 2008

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Pushes the boundaries of modern film language through seemingly impossible camera angles, constantly moving split-screen transitions, split-second close-ups, and zoom outs.


Well, the same site that was reporting last week that “Superbad” star Jonah Hill was in talks to star in “Transformers 2” is now saying that he won’t. … Hot off her recent Oscar nomination for “Juno,” Variety says Ellen Page will star in a new BBC Films adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” scheduled […]


Look out kids, here comes summer. A few months back, in desperation for some warm weather, I did a list of Top 10 Hot Movies. In anticipation of a little fun in the sun and some time in a few highly chlorinated, probably recently peed-in public swimming pools here is my list of Top 10 […]


Directly after an advance screening of Marvel Comics’ “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey, Jr., Eric and J.D. give an Instant Review of the movie. Summer is here an the influx of superheroes is just beginning, but “Iron Man” is a cut above the rest. Thanks to a strong lead performane by Robert Downey, Jr., a […]


Iron Man

by Eric Melin on May 1, 2008

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This superb Marvel comic adaptation takes itself seriously only when it absolutely has to in order to work as a character mythology.


What better actor to play a hard-drinking billionaire playboy than Robert Downey, Jr.—whose own well-publicized brushes with the law inform every scene he’s in? The actor’s real-life troubles serve as a kind of shorthand to the lead character on display, and it helps make “Iron Man” the smartest kind of dumb comic book movie. What we have […]


Remember the cheesy live-action Sid & Marty Kroft Saturday morning TV show “Land of the Lost”? Will Ferrell is hoping that you do because he’s starring in it (although it’s not a family in peril anymore, just him and two other adults–weird). Let’s just hope this is better than “Bewitched.” Universal Studios has just released a photo […]