March 2010

Pajiba.com strikes again. After posting the 100 Cheesiest Lines in Movie History, they are back with this: The 160 Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes Ever. You’ll have to take my word for it. This is the best 10 minutes you’ll spend today. Bravo to hh1edits, who has previously posted videos of The 100 Greatest Quotes from [...]

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Why bother remaking a 1981 stop-motion classic (“Clash of the Titans”) if you are removing the one thing that made it fun in the first place? Before a single important filmmaker had any bearing on my cinematic life, there was Ray Harryhausen. The stop-motion animation he refined was a fixture of countless monster movies, beginning [...]

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Welcome the the second installment of our new weekly series The Great Songs. This week, I want to spotlight Ray Davies and The Kinks. I saw Davies earlier this month (here’s my review for the Kansas City Star) and was struck by how humble, laid back, and amiable he was for a guy that has [...]

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For a subject that was once (and still is, from time to time) so pervasive in the news media, it’s surprising to me that there aren’t more films exploring the “what if” scenarios of nuclear war. Here is my attempt to list the best of them. Disclaimer: “On The Beach,” “The Sacrifice” by Andrei Tarkovsky, [...]

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Why “Pontypool” didn’t become a huge cult hit during its initial theatrical release is beyond me. It got good reviews from critics who know what they’re talking about (Noel Murray, Kim Newman, Mark Kermode and David Edelstein, to name a few). It made a good run on the festival circuit, playing at both SXSW and [...]

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Eric Melin and Trevan McGee review “Hot Tub Time Machine,” the new 2010 sex comedy, with a guest appearance by Scooter Jones from Lawrence.com web series The Sports Buddaye. Or go to KTKA-49′s website here to see Eric’s 1-minute video review, broadcast on the 6 o’clock news tonight! Eric says: You know going in that [...]

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Aside from the fact that “How to Train Your Dragon” includes Vikings and dragons, it’s very similar to a lot of the teenage comedies Hollywood has put out over the years. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is your typical Ugly Duckling character. Although the term “nerd” is never uttered, it is fair to say if the Vikings [...]

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Movie Review: Chloe

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2010

in Print Reviews

What makes a good erotic thriller? The simplest method I’ve found is what I call “the giggle test.” If either or both the dramatic and sexually-charged scenes of a movie make you giggle (or groan), it fails the test. An erotic thriller that makes you guffaw uncontrollably may become a cult classic (see Showgirls), but [...]

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Doubters of Michael Cera really have something to grapple with in light of the new trailer for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” the most recent project from “Shaun of the Dead['s]” Edgar Wright, based on the comic book series “Scott Pilgrim” by Bryan Lee O’Malley. With no prior knowledge of the comics and no real [...]

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I think this is as good a time as any to start a new weekly series here at Scene-Stealers. As you may or may not know, in addition to starting this website and being a full-time movie critic, I also play the rock n’ roll drums. (See The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop [...]

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Top 10 Movie Dragons

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2010

in Top 10s

Seeing how DreamWorks’ new “How to Train Your Dragon” is about ready to swoop into theaters it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a look back at the history of dragons in feature films. What you will find below is a a list of Top 10 Movie Dragons. Some come from good films, and [...]

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William Peter Blatty is famous for having written The Exorcist. Regretfully, his popular notoriety tends to end there.  At the risk of coming across as hyperbolic and nerdy, I’ll say that it is altogether distressing to me that a work of his called The Ninth Configuration (a.k.a. Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane) doesn’t often come up [...]

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To check out my 1-minute video review of “Repo Men” with clips, check out the KTKA-49 website here. Remy (Jude Law) is a family man who lives a double life. He drives his son to school and then it’s off to work where he repossesses organs from people who haven’t kept up with their payments. [...]

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Is “Repo Men” a rip off “Repo! The Genetic Opera” or the other way around? Which came first? How similar are they? “Repo Men“–starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker–is hitting theaters on Friday. The premise: In the future, there’s a biotech company that hires repo men to hunt down and repossess people’s organs provided to [...]

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A man who wrote countless numbers of songs that mean so much to me died of a heart attack yesterday at 59. His name is Alex Chilton and he led a band called Big Star that has given me more joy than you can know. On my way down to the bar last night to [...]

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