May 2009

A Universal logo from the 80s is the first thing shown onscreen in Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell,” and immediately I’m taken back to a time when renting random VHS tapes at the video store led to my discovery of “Evil Dead 2.” The writer/director’s latest is certainly a return to the nimble horror […]

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Roger Ebert thinks 3D is overrated: “Every single frame of a 3D movie gives you something to look at that is not necessary,” he recently wrote. To a formulaic movie like DreamWorks’ “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” however, 3D was the only thing keeping me awake. And in Laika’s stop-motion treasure “Coraline,” the 3D was absolutely integrated […]

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Eric interviews writer/director Rian Johnson (“Brick”) about his newest con-man comedy “The Brothers Bloom,” starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz. This is an in-depth look at some of the secrets behind “The Brothers Bloom,” and since Johnson’s commentary was so interesting and thought-provoking, we decided to present the whole interview. If you are […]

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The genre of the con-man movie is a tricky one for sure. One must assume, given the nature of the swindling main characters, that there will be con upon con, layers of which reveal themselves only as strategically as the screenplay allows. As a defense mechanism, the audience will try to stay one step ahead […]

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An inventive twist elevates Rian Johnson’s funny and clever con-man caper starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz.

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Elliot Kort and Abby Olcese are the Two Awesome Movie Nerds from Lawrence, KS.  If you have a Top 10 list of your own, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. Here are their Top 10 Favorite Product Placement Movies: These films are lumped together for one specific reason: there are too many brands represented to argue that […]

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Much has been made about director J.J. Abrams’ overuse of lens flares as a stylistic device in the new “Star Trek” reboot. (Abrams himself admits he might have gone overboard with them.*) Well, one fan took the handheld camera use and lens flares to heart and has redone some clips from the old TV show […]

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Dance Flick

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2009

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You might get a few chuckles out of Dance Flick, but mostly you’ll find yourself groaning at the level of stupidity on display.

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Contributor Alan Rapp is a regular movie reviewer over at Transbuddha.com. What are you doing reading a review for this movie? Come to think of it, what was I doing going to a screening of it? You know exactly what this movie is, and you knew before you ever started reading this review whether it’s […]

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Sin Nombre

by Eric Melin on May 22, 2009

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A restrained and poignant movie from first-time writer/director Cary Fukunaga about migrants and gang members from Central America.

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First-time writer/director Cary Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” is a movie about devastating and emotionally draining moments. What makes it unique among films that cover similar subject matter is the restrained acting and richness of its visual sense. In that respect, it is a descendant of a less showy cinematic lineage. You would think that a movie […]

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Our good friend Alan Rapp from Transbuddha.com created this very funny slideshow synopsis/review of McG’s mind-bogglingly mishandled “Terminator Salvation.” Please be aware that if you have not seen “the movie and you still want to, THIS CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS! Don’t say you weren’t warned. It also starts automatically on the page, so click away now […]

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McG’s sub-par storytelling strands star Christian Bale in this muddled, choppy, and derivative fourth film in the sagging “Terminator” franchise.

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Summer is here and Eric Melin and guest host Trevan McGee from inkkc.com review the new McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”) reboot of “The Terminator” franchise, starring Christian Bale as famed leader of the human resistance John Connor. Eric thinks the movie is like a plate of leftovers from “The Road Warrior,” “Alien,” […]

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Sometime in the 1970s, rock n’ roll became big business. (If I had to place it, I’d say around the time A&M Records pushed Frampton Comes Alive to quadrillion-platinum status.) But before the corporate world really knew how to create artificial buzz and market rock music, it was the territory of dreamers, stoners, hippies, and […]

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