June 2009

If sheer effort and dogged perseverance were enough to guarantee success, then Steve “Lips” Kudrow and Robb Reiner (no relation to the director of “This is Spinal Tap”) of the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil would be household names. They shared the stage in the mid-80s with Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and the Scorpions, but somehow […]


This list comes to us from Sean O’Connell, a New York City-based writer who also contributed a Top 10 Movie Brothers list some time back. If you have a Top 10 you’d like to contribute, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. Here’s Sean: Since we are in the thick of the summer movie season you would think […]


Whitney Mathews has co-hosted our video reviews several times with me and she also blogs at her namesake website www.whitneymathews.com. She saw this flick while I was at “Transformers: Revenge of theFallen,” and we’re happy to reprint it here. Here’s Whitney: My Sister’s Keeper is the latest project from Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog, The Notebook) […]


What a shock! For the first time since 1943, there will be ten Oscar nominees for Best Picture and not five. The 2010 Academy Awards will have 10 movies in the Best Picture category. Wow– that was way out of left field. It’s a little late for “The Dark Knight” and  “Wall-E,” but at least […]


Eric Melin and guest host Ryan Magnuson from “The Sports Buddaye” review the new Michael Bay movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox and a whole lot of “fighting robot” porn. Is the constant barrage of crazy transformers fighting each other enough to make the two and half hour movie […]


Having just come from a screening of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” I can safely say that the giant talking robots on display in the movie are so extremely badass from every standpoint—including sheer volume—that they have to be near the top of any list of the Top 10 Coolest Movie Robots. Here’s a look […]


Romantic comedies can scare critics away quicker than a mob racing out of a burning building. It’s hard to warm up to a genre that’s let you down so often and so consistently. So settling down to watch The Proposal, all I really was hoping for was to make it out of the theater with […]


Post-modern awareness is mixed with an ancient setting in Harold Ramis’ “Year One,” but somehow most of the humor still manages to be prehistoric. If you’ve always wanted to see smart comedians revert to grade school hi-jinks for cheap laughs, then this is the movie for you. Jack Black and Michael Cera star as two […]


When you stop and think about it, it’s amazing any movie ever actually gets made. Many films flounder through the maze of casting issues, constant rewrites, shooting problems, and budgetary constraints. A finished film, even an awful one, is something of a miracle. If you don’t believe me, check out Lost in La Mancha, which […]


Today’s Top 10 comes from New Jersey resident Phil Fava, a longtime Scene-Stealers sitegoer, and it’s perfectly timed. He’s writing about a filmmaker who is so prolific that he has both canonized masterpieces (“Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors”) and Academy Award winners (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Mighty Aphrodite”) littered throughout his […]


As a director Tony Scott is a bit hit (Domino, Spy Game) and miss (Deja Vu, Enemy of the State) for my tastes. His latest, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, is not the first movie to be adapted from the novel by Morton Freedgood, but does showcase Scott’s trademark style. I had planned […]


So I may have broken something in my foot and I definitely split my pants doing a sweet knee slide during “Ace of Spades,” but it’s all worth it because Tuesday night I won the title of Kansas City regional champ in the US Air Guitar Championships. I’ll be rocking out with 25 other regional […]


For a movie about two guys who play professional soccer for a living, “Rudo y Cursi” has an alarming lack of actual soccer playing in it. It would be easy to label the Mexican import starring Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal as a sports film, but it wouldn’t really be true. Unfortunately, the kind […]


Aside from the beautiful scenery, and a few nice moments from Richard Dreyfuss (who’s really slumming it here), there’s very little to separate My Life in Ruins from any number of braindead romatic comedies. Here’s one of those films where a character notices the love of her life under her nose, finds meaning in her […]


It’s a bad pun to make, but “Land of the Lost” is just that. Caught in an unfunny netherworld between kid-oriented mainstream summer entertainment and a cheap-looking green-screened sort of surreality, “Land of the Lost” might have been a watchable—no—bearable movie had it just embraced one or the other fully. Instead, what we are left […]