JD Warnock

I really enjoyed Eric’s list last week of Top 10 Great Movies No One Should Have to Watch More Than Once. I couldn’t pass up the chance to weigh in, so here’s my take on the same topic. The following is a list of films that I have true affinity for, or appreciation of. However, [...]

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In “21,” the lastest feature from “Legally Blonde” director Robert Luketic, Jim Sturgess (“Across The Universe”) plays Ben Campbell, a genius at M.I.T. who has been accepted to Harvard Medical School, but doesn’t know how he’s going to pay for it. So, right off the bat the premise is flawed. I’m going to go out [...]

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21

by JD Warnock on April 2, 2008

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Kevin Spacey and Jim Sturgess use their M.I.T. genius brains to put the hurt on Las Vegas.

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You’ve had a week to mull over Eric’s “Director’s Cut” picks for “Top 10 Movies that Prove the Future Will Suck” so, now its my turn to dust off my previous list and make a few adjustments. Since Eric excluded the marvelous “Children of Men” from his updated list, I have also omitted it from [...]

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Across much of the United States it has long since begun to feel like the winter that wouldn’t end. Right here in Lawrence, KS, the snow, ice and unforgiving temperature just keep coming. I’m desperate for a thaw, and in lue of a magic weather machine, I’ve decided to bust out a list of ten [...]

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“Be careful what you wish for” is a notion that applies just as well to film as it does elsewhere. If you choose to employ a bold and complicated storytelling device such as showing the same event from the time and perspective of multiple individuals, it will build excitement and anticipation for a satisfying climactic conclusion. [...]

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Jumper

by JD Warnock on February 22, 2008

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“The Bourne Identity” director Doug Liman returns with an action/adventure pic starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Diane Lane.

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In spite of director Doug Liman’s track record of action genre prowess, with films like “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” his latest high-speed adventure “Jumper” is a tale of woefully unrealized potential and modest execution. It’s clear that Liman knows how to make action movies, but it seems the personality police should [...]

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So, what is the most efficient way to eviscerate your movie-reviewer credibility? Among the best answers to that question may be to admit to loving ten romantic comedies. Granted, I think the following list is remarkably unimpeachable, there will be those who take exception to all or several of my selections. Without further ado, in [...]

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If blood and guts is your thing, “Rambo” has what you’re looking for in spades. The fourth Rambo film is a sanguinary bonanza that is without a doubt bloodier than “Grindhouse,” “30 Days of Night,” or “Sweeney Todd.” The film opens with a montage of newsreel clips depicting the genocidal violence occurring in Burma , [...]

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Rambo

by JD Warnock on January 30, 2008

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Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Vietnam veteran John Rambo many, many years after helping the Taliban oust the Soviets in “Rambo III.”

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So, friends of Scene-Stealers, it’s entirely true, I voluntarily subjected myself to the new “Rambo” movie this weekend and as such, you can expect my print review shortly. However, while I attempt to sort out that multidirectional action and issue-filled cupcake of obscene cinema violence, I figured now would be a pretty bad-ass moment for [...]

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It is entirely appropriate to call writer/director Tamara Jenkins’ latest feature “The Savages” a comedy because it’s very funny. But like “About Schmidt” or “As Good As It Gets,” this film is also a poignant reflection on the human condition and on growing older in America. “The Savages” is tragic, acidic, hopeful, and full of [...]

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On the heels of spoof-biopic “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” here is a list of ten of my favorite films about musicians real or imagined. This list is excluding as usual, Rob Reiner’s spandex-infused masterpiece “This is Spinal Tap,” because everyone knows that any list of movies-about-musicians worth reading would have it at the [...]

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2007 has definitely had its share of ups and downs at the box office. I was genuinely surprised to find it difficult to come up with ten films that I felt strongly enough about to include on my best films of the year list. 2007 had an unusually high amount of good films, but only [...]

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