Secretary – Movie Review

There is a lot of really bizarre S & M in the Secretary, and moreover there is nudity and general freakiness. You’d be hard-pressed (I hope) to watch this m...

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans – Surprise Of The Year. Already!

Rhona Mitra is one of the stars of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, but only in the sense that three characters dominate the movie’s run, and she happens t...

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind – Movie Review

Even with John Cusack, who has a special place in my heart, Being John Malkovich does nothing for me at all. The best response to the film I can manage is to ro...

Lie To Me – Television’s New Star

Lie to Me stars Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, one of the world’s premiere experts on detecting lies.  He runs his own company, and gives lectures to polic...

Lost In Translation – Movie Review

It’s not that we get lost in translation, it’s that ‘we’ get lost in translation. There’s a problem with life and relationships, and bas...

United States of Tara – Television Review

It’s been a long time since I was so torn over a series premiere.  United States of Tara stars Toni Collette and John Corbett, and features multiple perso...

The Last Samurai – Movie Review

The main problem with The Last Samurai is not that the plot is almost exactly the same as both Dances with Wolves and Shogun, but that it assumes you’ve seen bo...

Gran Torino – Movie Review

Gran Torino is a film that is going to stir up a lot of talk about racism, and there are going to be a lot of people remarking one way or another about Clint Ea...

Academy Awards Postdictions 1

The Oscars are approaching, and it’s time for everyone under the sun to start predicting.  Entertainment Weekly put out a rehashing of old Academy Awards ...

He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not – Movie Review

He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not is a movie with a gimmick, but one where the audience should pay no mind to that gimmick at all.  As we might expect, it’s a ...

Finding Neverland – Movie Review

There is something different going on in a “children’s story” in which fairies are said to “fall down dead.”  They don’t “go away.”  They don’t even “die.”  No,...

The 20 Best Movies Of 2008

This was an absolutely crazy year in movies, and my best list was never such a confused and difficult task. If I were going for a worst list, I could make it ab...

Ratatouille – Movie Review

As Ratatouille winds down, a food critic explains within a review that, ultimately, criticism is easy, and the real ‘fun’ involved comes by way of a well-crafte...

The End Of Movie Criticism In General

I was surprisingly impressed recently by an LA Times article.   Not because it trashes Ben Lyons, or because it gives great detail about the overall negative op...

About A Boy Movie Review – Weitz Brothers Grow Up With Film About Growing Up

There is a certain subtle message in About a Boy, though you probably wouldn’t expect to hear that. Oddly, it’s the same subtle message from one of the year’s o...

Obsessive Optimism And Merry Christmas – Love Actually Movie Review

The truth is, the old question about the half-full/half-empty glass is utterly useless. Now sure, it’s a whimsical pseudo-Koan that pseudo-adults in suits and d...

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