September 2009

Although “Whiteout” was slightly better than I expected, the film is nothing more than your basic thriller complete with a masked killer, a plucky detective with hidden scars, dangerous situations (most of which could be avoided the slightest hint of common sense), and a late plot twist which is far less surprising than it’s expected […]


Lucky number "9"

by Alan Rapp on September 9, 2009

in Print Reviews

Adapted by creator Shane Acker from the short film of the same name, and produced by Tim Burton (who knows a thing or too about creepy and unconventional animated films), comes “9.” CGI animation in the style of stop-motion, Acker’s film is a breath of fresh air in both style and story. If you enjoyed […]


Top 10 Unorthodox Date Scenes

by Eric Melin on September 8, 2009

in Top 10s

Today’s Top 10 comes from Cameron Hawk, who previously submitted the excellent list Top 10 Uses of Pop Songs in Movies. If you have a list you’d like to contribute, email me at Here’s Cameron: Dating—what a weird, mammalian concept. A lot of movies deal with the peaks and pitfalls of the practice because […]


Mike Judge returns to the everyday workplace as the setting for his new comedy “Extract,” but it’s hard not to wish for a more spirited take à la his 1999 cult hit “Office Space.” Even the broad comedy in “Extract” seems oddly muted—especially that of Ben Affleck, playing a stoner bartender named Dean who gives […]


Sure, it’s a cheap promotion for Mike Judge’s new movie “Extract,” but it sure is nice to see Beavis and Butthead in a video again. We’ll have the review of the movie on Friday!

{ 5 comments } has boiled down Clint Eastwood‘s 2004 Best Picture winner “Million Dollar Baby” to about 5 seconds and a hilarious punchline. I shouldn’t have to issue a HUGE SPOILER ALERT for a movie that’s five years old, but I am. So please, if you’re ever thinking of watching this movie, don’t watch this now. If […]


Just after Scene-Stealers panned Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II” (a nice discussion about the movie is brewing right here, by the way) and since I included two horror movies (one from this list) on a list of Top 10 Pointless Remakes, we have received a passionate plea for respect of the modern horror remake pandemic. Bill […]