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November 2008


by Eric Melin on November 26, 2008

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Baz Luhrmann’s epic romance starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman is a failure on all fronts, lacking any of the director’s  convention-busting trademarks.


Baz Luhrmann is the type of filmmaker who revels in excess. His last picture, the lush and melodramatic “Moulin Rouge!” was a lesson in how to make the old seem new again. He toyed with the formulas of tragic romances, over-the-top musicals, and slapstick comedies, and pillaged the back catalog of rock n’ roll’s greatest […]


Synecdoche, New York

by Eric Melin on November 23, 2008

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Charlie Kaufman’s remarkable directorial debut is a neurotic, bleak, and sometimes funny journey down the crooked river of the latter half of one man’s life.


A life is a series of moments, lived chronologically one at a time, until death. A person looking from the outside in on someone’s life will have a perspective, but the only person who knows the inner workings of one’s soul is the person who lived the live and whose thoughts are constantly racing through […]



by Eric Melin on November 21, 2008

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There’s enough teen angst and confusion for three movies, and that’s also what makes it work. A lack of distinct visual style and a low-budget flair to its limited special effects, but the movie takes its time developing every alienated inch of its characters’ lives.


Stephanie Meyer’s teen vampire romance book Twilight makes it to the big screen this weekend starring Robert Pattinson as Edward and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan. There’s no doubt that Twilight will make tons of cash, but will it satisfy fans an non-fans of the book alike? Eric and guest co-host Whitney Mathews ( review Twilight […]


Well, the short list for Oscar Documentary nominations has been released. Last year, the committee snubbed the best doc of the 2007, “The King of Kong.” This year, one of the biggest non-fiction films of the year, “Young@Heart,” was declared ineligible for a nomination because it was shown on TV first. Also, Alex Gibney’s “Gonzo: […]


This weekend, the new James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” raked in a huge take of $67 million in America alone. For Scene-Stealers sitegoer Will Dawson, this is very exciting. He’s got a lot of favorite Bond movies, but has instead, for us he decided to create a list of the top 10 worst James Bond […]


Quantum of Solace

by Eric Melin on November 14, 2008

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Daniel Craig’s second Bond movie is a worthy successor to the series reboot “Casino Royale.” Director Marc Forster explores issues of loyalty while Bond works through his shattered romance and a lot of jittery action scenes.


Eric and drummer extraordinaire Billy Brimblecom tackle the newest installment of the James Bond franchise. “Quantum of Solace” stars Daniel Craig as a less-talk, more-rock version of the mighty British 007 spy. This movie is already out in the U.K., but we here in the U.S. get our first crack at it this weekend in […]


Lunchbreak New Movie News!!

by Eric Melin on November 12, 2008

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I’m on my lunchbreak now, and this is what I found out today… First Showing says that the newest Nick Frost/Simon Pegg movie will NOT be directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”), but Greg Mottola (“Superbad”). Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “Gladiator”) is directing a movie based on … wait for it […]


The term “jump the shark,” named after the stupefying moment in “Happy Days” when the Fonz jumped a shark on water skis, has evolved to become a catch-all phrase that suggests that a TV show has seriously lost its way, be it against the original characterization of the show or its become just plain desperate […]


Role Models

by Eric Melin on November 7, 2008

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Paul Rudd finally gets to headline an absurd comic film and gets support from a great cast that elevates the formulaic plot.


It may not be the most original comedy ever, but what “Role Models” lacks in originality of concept, it makes up for in the natural wittiness of its actors. Directed and co-written by David Wain (director of “Wet Hot American Summer” and an alumni of MTV’s early-1990s sketch comedy show “The State”), “Role Models” follows […]


Variety is reporting that Antonio Banderas is in final negotiations to play surrealist Salvador Dali in the Simon West-helmed indie biopic “Dalí .” I would absolutely love to see a movie that portrays one of the 20th Century’s most interesting media manipulators and artists, but is Simon West really the director to do this? The […]