Movie Trailer: Frozen

Speaking as someone who was raised in Wisconsin where it was common to get -20 °F in February, I can tell you no one - NO ONE falls asleep with their naked hand exposed let alone grasping a metal pole.

I'm willing to bet this is the result of someone riding a ski lift and thinking, "Hey, it would be scary to get stuck up here."

Too bad there wasn't anyone there to tell them "No dude, it ain't scary, its lame."

In the sequel the characters get a flat on a country road or maybe their wireless goes out for a week.

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Screenwriter: Adam Green
Director: Adam Green
Actors: Shawn Ashmore (X2), Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers (Transamerica) and Ed Ackerman

Movie Trailer: Leap Year

"Take a leap of faith" cheating on your boyfriend you've traveled across the world to propose to.

Screenwriters: Deborah Kaplan (Surviving Christmas) and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor)
Director: Anand Tucker (Shopgirl)
Actors: Amy Adams (Julie & Julia), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and John Lithgow (The Twilight Zone: The Movie)

Movie Trailer: The Slammin' Salmon

I always find myself wanting to enjoy the Broken Lizard guys more than I actually do. They are funny and are capable of some very clever bits. The problem is that they are also have a tendency to take things waaaay too far. If they stick with the clever and stay away from the deviant crap they would be far more enjoyable.

Screenwriters: Kevin Heffernan (Beerfest), Jay Chandrasekhar (Shotgun Wedding), Erik Stolhanske (Super Troopers), Paul Soter (Club Dread) and Steve Lemme (Super Troopers)
Director: Kevin Heffernan
Actors: Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2), Kevin Heffernan (Management), Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), Erik Stolhanske (The Onion Movie), Paul Soter (Super Troopers 2), Steve Lemme (The Dukes of Hazzard), Jim Gaffigan (The Love Guru) and Morgan Fairchild

Movie Trailer: Cop Out

This speaks for itself. If you watch this and still go see the movie you deserve to have this stupid trash shoveled into your head.

Screenwriters: Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen
Director: Kevin Smith (Dogma)
Actors: Bruce Willis (The Last Boyscout), Tracy Morgan (G-Force), Jason Lee (The Incredibles), Seann William Scott (Mr. Woodcock), Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men), Fred Armisen (Post Grad), Michelle Tractenberg (Young Americans) and Rashida Jones (The Ten)

Movie Trailer: Shrek Forever After

That scrunching sound you're hearing is Dreamworks wringing the final drops out of this franchise.

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Screenwriters: Josh Klausner (Shrek the Third) and Darren Lemke
Director: Mike Mitchell (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo)
Actors: Mike Myers (The Cat in the Hat), Cameron Diaz (Charlies' Angels), Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), Antonio Banderas (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music) and Justin Timerberlake (Alpha Dog)

Movie Trailer: The Bounty Hunter

Not my cup of tea. Then again, not much is.

I think the world can do with less Jennifer Aniston wacky relationship flicks. Apparently, the world disagrees. This will make a load of cash and then disappear into the discount bin at Wal Mart eight months later.

Movie Quote: Old School (2003)


The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Should I see it?

Short Review: A film expressing the dangers of living frivolously in a dangerous world. So, in essence, it is a film that warns against doing all of the things Hollywood has been telling us to do for the last forty years.

Many of the thoughts I have about this film parrot what has already been published on this site. My friend Jeff offered an astute review of this film during its theatrical release. Click here to read his review.

The first thing to discuss about this film is Forest Whitaker’s performance as General Idi Amin Dada. His Oscar for Best Actor is well deserved. He navigates the delicate tightrope of this complicated character. While the character himself is somewhat of a stock piece – the brutal leader who grows more blindly egotistical and paranoid as he gains power, what is refreshing is how real Amin becomes with Whitaker as the vehicle. He isn’t a sympathetic character, but he is one who we can understand. This is a complicated maneuver for Whitaker since Amin certainly was a complex man. Amin was at once charming in public while ruthless behind closed doors. Instead of playing Amin as a type, Whitaker provides some glimpses into the manipulative man’s psychology. Whitaker handles the challenge of portraying a man whose emotional state swung more wildly than Courtney Love locked in a pharmacy.

Before we get to the film, let’s take a diversion…

The thing about Whitaker taking home the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is that his role isn’t the lead. Like Anthony Hopkins’ winning for Hannibal Lector, the performance should have garnished Whitaker Best Supporting Actor. Structurally, the character of Dr. Nicholas Garrigan is the lead as was Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. The Academy deemed Garrigan to be the supporting role even though he is the protagonist. To be honest, I’ve always been confused by what the Academy sees as a leading role. Yes, I get that there is an award for a guy and another for a gal and both genders can win regardless if there is a lead for both sexes (Silence of the Lambs is the best example again.) Looking at the award in this instance, there’s no rhyme or reason to Whitaker getting set up for a Best Actor nod when Ken Watanabe was marked for a supporting award has a structurally very similar role in The Last Samurai (in the role of Katsumoto). Is it simply a matter of personality or potency of a performance? This would explain Whitaker and Hopkins but then what about Tommy Lee Jones as Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive? He far out paced the lead in that film, Harrison Ford. Does it have to do with billing? Then explain William H. Macy for Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo. He received top billing for that film. I don’t have an answer here, just whining. Either the industry understands structure or they don’t. Then again, the Oscar is a political award given during a trade show so perhaps I shouldn't waste my time.

Let’s swerve back on the right track and return to the movie.

The film itself is made of somewhat predictable stuff, but still provides a well-constructed story and well formed characters. The story centers on young, Scottish jerk Dr. Nicholas Garrigan who leaves his home country to help the poor people in Uganda. While there he falls into the role of personal physician to General Idi Amin.

Garrigan lives a luxurious life as the President’s doctor and top political adviser. His duel role provides Garrigan with riches and power. What is interesting about this film is that the role also makes him as isolated and detached from reality as his paranoid leader. When things begin to unravel and Garrigan’s frivolous attitudes begin to lead to the
deaths of others, the film is directed into rich moral ground.

Garrigan begins the film like many young Westerners today who think snapping their fingers along with Will Smith at Live 8 actually has meaning. They listen to Bono whimper for ten minutes and think they get it. Looking under their motives and it’s not about actually helping Africans (or anyone else for that matter) its about making themselves feel better. This amoral self-serve view allows for Garrigan to be used by the tyrant. Garrigan begins the film with a fistful of righteous bromides and but casts them aside the moment his pride and hungers ar
e catered to. He lives to make himself feel better but then things get out of hand. Since Garrigan doesn’t have a moral center beyond his own personal gain, he is incapable of seeing the truth that surrounds him. He is complicit in the murder of a whole country before he finally wakes up out of his amoral stupor.

This film has a deep lesson to teach and does so with gravity rarely seen, let alone embraced, by the entertainment establishment. Like Hotel Rwanda, however, this film avoids presenting the massacres happening outside of the walls of the character’s residence. This drains the final act of its full potency since we aren’t given the full story of how deep Garrigan’s denial really ran. Like with Hotel Rwanda, giving a fuller idea of the level of carnage would have only made the overall point more striking. This concession made this film’s final act still hits the point hard and the lesson is taught.

Caution: This film does present a horrifying look at the results of a dismembering and a frank view of a sex act so sensitive viewers may want to avoid portions of the piece. If you’re okay with this sort of content, you’re going to find an intelligent and fascinating character piece worthy of the praise it has received.

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Movie Trailer: Crazy on the Outside

This may actually be worth seeing. I'm a little surprised. When I first heard of this and found out Tim Allen was directing, my expectations were pretty low. The trailer does a good job of selling it.

My prediction is this will have some good bits but the pacing will be a little lagging. Why would I say this? Good comedic cast directed by a comedic actor - a comedic actor with a relatively short directing resume.

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Screenwriters: Judd Pillot and John Peaslee Director: Tim Allen Actors: Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), JK Simmons (Extract), Ray Liotta (Smokin' Aces), Tim Allen (Redbelt), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Waterworld), Julie Bowen (Joe Somebody) and Kelsey Grammer (An American Carol)

Movie Trailer: An Unlikely Weapon

"I told him to quit worrying about it. I said, "who gives a &$%#? Y'know, you took a picture that changed history. And what's wrong with that?""

You might want to ask that of the victims of the Khmer Rouge.

This could be a fascinating documentary provided they dispense with the haughty recollections of the media power-elite and focus on the man's work and the truth behind his shots.

Director: Susan Morgan Cooper
Actors: President Bill Clinton, Eddie Adams, Peter Jennings, Kiefer Sutherland, Peter Arnett and Marc Anthony

Movie Quote: Der Untergang "Downfall" (2004)

Traudl Junge

All these horrors I've heard of during the Nurnberg process, these six million Jews, other thinking people or people of another race, who perished. That shocked me deeply. But I hadn't made the connection with my past. I assured myself with the thought of not being personally guilty. And that I didn't know anything about the enormous scale of it. But one day I walked by a memorial plate of Sophie Scholl in the Franz-Joseph-Strasse. I saw that she was about my age and she was executed in the same year I came to Hitler. And at that moment I actually realized that a young age isn't an excuse. And that it might have been possible to get to know things.

Movie Trailer: Jinn

If the stupid melding of the religious symbols at the opening didn't set off any red flags, I don't know what to say to you.

Jinn are creatures from Islamic belief and what is being presented here is Qur’ānic teaching.  When the trailer claims "Almost half of the world already believes" they mean Muslims.  Their claim that "What you're about to learn is true" is a religious statement.

Seems deceptive to me.  Why not be open about where you're coming from?  Why have the cross and Star of David?  They have nothing to do with this. 

Movie Trailer: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson is one of the most over-rated directors of the last twenty years.

Now his quirky, self-aware style has been meshed with cheap looking animation.

Geez, pinch me. I must be dreaming.

Screenwriters: Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) and Wes Anderson (Rushmore)
Director: Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket)
Actors: George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), Jason Schwartzman (I Heart Huckabees), Bill Murray (Caddyshack), Michael Gambon (The Good Shepherd), Willem Dafoe (To Live and Die in L.A.), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers), Brian Cox (Supertroopers), Adrien Brody (Cadillac Records) and Karen Duffy (Dumb & Dumber)

Frost/Nixon (2008)

Should I see it?
Well....okay, if you really want to.

Short Review: Do we really need a movie to tell us journalists are out to destroy conservatives and that Nixon was a dink?

This is a well done movie. It is sharply written with fully drawn characters and some memorable dialog. One of the characters is one of the most important public figures in 20th Century America, Richard Nixon. It is based in real events and is the adaptation of a successful play. The performances have been lauded by critics, and I concur that they are praiseworthy.

One problem.

It never gets past the “who cares?” moment.

What do we care? David Frost, a smarmy Australian entertainer/television host lands a series of interviews with Richard Nixon following Nixon’s resignation from the Presidency. The two men verbally and psychologically duel throughout the interviews (both on and off the record). In the end, Frost gets Nixon to admit that his approach to the presidency was overreaching and criminal.


We all already know this.

The man was about to be impeached. We know his thoughts on the power of the Presidency were out of whack with reality.

A film should have a purpose. A film without purpose is little more than a entrancing, flashing lights on a wall. This movie is devoid of a moving point. Its not a deep character study given that we learn nothing new about the characters. Its not a political statement since it is surprisingly without an axe to grind - a remarkable feat in the age of BDS. I couldn’t find any reason for this film to exist other than for the sake of just existing.

Again, it is a aptly made film and the performances are good. I just can’t justify telling people its worth sitting through.

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Movie Trailer: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Like all Gilliam's films this is visually overwhelming.

Hopefully, unlike many of Gilliam's films, this will be watchable.

Screenwriters: Terry Gilliam (Brazil) and Charles McKeown (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)
Director: Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys)
Actors: Heath Ledger (The Patriot), Johnny Depp (The Libertine), Tom Waits (Domino), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Andrew Garfield (Lions for Lambs), Colin Farrell (Phonebooth), Verne Troyer (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Christopher Plummer (Dracula 2000) and Peter Stormare (Fargo)

Movie Trailer: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

How would you like to be this girl, suffering all of the violence and indignity and then on top of all of that you have to have someone who looks like Paula Patton telling you to buck up.


Screenwriters: Geoffrey Fletcher
Director: Lee Daniels
Actors: Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey (Glitter), Lenny Kravitz, Mo'Nique (Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins), Paula Patton (Swing Vote) and Sherri Shepherd (Beauty Shop)

Movie Trailer: The Wolfman

Love the period music.

Like all other wolfman movies, a great deal of attention will be paid to the transformation sequences. I think its safe to say they will be interesting. Let's hope the script has something to it.

Screenwriters: Andrew Kevin (Sleepy Hollow) and David Self (The Road to Perdition)
Director: Joe Johnston (Hidalgo)
Actors: Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects), Anthony Hopkins (Meet Joe Black), Emily Blunt (Charlie Wilson's War) and Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

Movie Trailer: Despicable Me

Telling me Russell Brand is part of the cast - you're not doing yourself any favors. I think films should advertise when he's not involved.

This trailer isn't doing too much. So, this is a knockoff of Spy vs. Spy in 3d? The ad doesn't give any reason to see the movie. Their selling point is that Steve Carell is providing his voice to the production. The least they could have done is insert a laugh or two into the pitch.

Perhaps there is more to the movie, but no one will know watching this trailer.

Screenwriters: Ken Daurio (Horton Hears a Who!) and Cinco Paul (The Santa Clause 2)
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud and Sergio Pablos
Actors: Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music), Ken Jeong (The Hangover), Jason Segel (I Love You, Man), Steve Carell (Get Smart), Kristen Wiig (Extract), Will Arnett (Blades of Glory), Danny McBride (The Fist Foot Way) and Miranda Cosgrove

Movie Trailer: Nine

Daniel Day-Lewis is the best actor of his generation. I don't think he's made anything I wouldn't consider seeing. However, I'm not sure I'm with him on this one.

Then again, I think that musicals should be renamed "Satan's Flatus". What can I say? I'm an extremist on this one.

It's a nice looking film and the trailer performs its role well enough.

Still has that sulfur smell though.


Screenwriters: Michael Tolkin (The Rapture) and Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain)
Director: Rob Marshall (Chicago)
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Marion Cotillard (Public Enemies), Penélope Cruz (Vanilla Sky), Nicole Kidman (The Golden Compass), Judi Dench (Quantum of Solace), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), Sophia Loren (A Breath of Scandal) and Stacy Ferguson (Planet Terror)

Friday Rewind: Zodiac (2007)

***Originally posted on July 31, 2008***

Should I see it?


Short Review:
After the first three hours, I was willing to claim I was the Zodiac killer just to get this thing over with.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Your life is as miserable and boring as ever. Watching a deadpan movie with a running time of over two and a half hours about a murderous loser and the failed attempts to catch him is the last thing you need. Try to liven up your day by peeling that lazy butt of yours off of the couch and go outside.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Your sister will call today. Don’t pick up. Seriously, don’t do it. That witch will drive you nuts. Honestly, what has she ever done for you? If you weren’t blood, you probably would have abandoned her ten years ago. She’s just like another in a long line of “serial killer” movies. She plays on the worst and darkest parts of your personality, wastes your time and gives you little in return.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)
The knowledge that you can’t make Mint Julips with Jägermeister comes about ten hours too late. You also discover it is a bad idea to do this experiment right before your company’s summer picnic. It is best to avoid a movie involving seeing Robert Downey Jr. overacting. His futile attempt at nabbing that best supporting actor nod may remind you of your own pathetic missteps in front of your boss. As it turns out, while your boss’ wife does indeed have a mustache, she’s not nearly as amused by it as you are. Suffice to say, you won’t get fired soon, but you can rest assured you’re never – never – going to get that promotion. Just resign yourself to your fate. The sooner you come to understand you have yourself to blame the better off you’ll be.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22)

You’re cancer, people tend to want to avoid you. Much like they will want to avoid David Fincher’s boring film. He is one of the best directors out there, but this thing is a droning, mismanaged disaster. He has too many characters not doing enough over too long of a time. When the belated final resolution rolls in, the original spark of the film has already packed its bags and went home in a huff. Editing, David, its called editing. Copious amounts would have done this film wonders.

Leo (July 23 -August 21)

Remember that thing you did with those guys with the thing that time way back over at that place? Yeah, that’s coming back to rear its ugly head. There’s nothing about a movie here, I thought I’d just warn you and also say "ew".

Virgo (August 22 - September 23)

Much of the day will be like finding yourself in a murder mystery where the killer is revealed way too early, and the storyline doesn't have enough depth to support an extended act where said killer evades indictment. Like the movie, you’ll wander around for hours despondent and desperately wanting something – anything interesting to happen. The surprise left out of your brief slice of life will sap any reason for experiencing it. You will have to make your own fun today.

Libra (September 24 - October 23)

You’re sensitive today. Yes, those uncontrollable crying fits are back. Face it, he’s not coming back. Your years of concentrating on your appearance and social status have caused your intellect to atrophy. Your mind is an unbearable hole where random thoughts go to die. Of course he left, you may be pretty and have shiny hair but you can’t talk about anything more complicated than reruns of Sex in the City. Pretty girls may have more fun but smart girls end up happier. With the intellectual vacuum you exist in, you may naturally fall back on wanting to forget your troubles by looking at some hunky guy. If you’re into that Jake Gyllenhaal goof, try one of his other movies. While he does a fine job in this, he looks like he’s been awake for thirty years. You know you’re in trouble when you’re standing next to Robert Downey Jr. and you’re the one who looks under the weather. When I say try one of his other movies, you’re going to want to avoid Brokeback Mountain as well…unless you’re into rutting cowboys. Then again if you are, then maybe your boyfriend left for entirely different reasons than we've explored here.

Scorpio (October 24 - November 22)

Avoid engaging in viewing a movie that is so clumsily done that it has to show murder victims being ruthlessly stabbed. Knowing that cinema is the art of not only what is seen but more importantly what is left unseen, the image of a woman being stabbed on screen will only support your fears that indeed the culture is going to hell in a hand basket. Well, you’re partly right. It’s actually going to hell in a barf bag.

Sagittarius (November 23 - December 22)

Forget your troubles today and let it all out. Enjoy life, experience the small things and embrace your existence with wild abandon. The stars are showing that that aneurysm in your head you don’t know about is about to blow. Speaking of blowing, the script for Zodiac is ponderous and pointless (a double threat). James Vanderbilt’s script is to brevity what this seemingly endless novelty review is to good writing.

Capricorn (December 23 - January 20)

Apparently, that stuff you ate in the middle of the night last night wasn’t bean dip (although it was lumpy and spongy). Perhaps next time you’ll won’t rely on that small refrigerator light to guide your way at 3am. You’ll spend most of your day today exploring the personal theme park ride that is your gag reflex. A little rest will do you well, when you’re not perched over the porcelain. For help overcoming your lurching guts and getting some rest, pop in the last two thirds of this film. The lazy plot and stagnant tone will lull you into a deep sleep. Please sleep on your stomach however. We don’t want you pulling a Hendrix.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)

You’ll have moments of clarity today. Like right now when you realize that horoscopes are for morons. Some charlatan writes up vague descriptions that have no real meaning and then dimwits read these things and shoehorn their individual meanings into them. Try this, on your way home from work today think to yourself that you’ll see the number 22. Soon everywhere you look the number 22 will appear. Same thing with horoscopes, you’ll fit your life into the frame they provide. Stop with the divination idiocy and just face your life already.

Pisces (February 20- March 20)

Things at work will fall apart in a brilliant and embarrassing public spectacle. Your hard work will be forgotten and any positive efforts you’ve offered will be for naught. Today you’re a little like Mark Ruffalo. He provides a great performance in this film but all of his efforts amount to little in face of the remainder of the production. Yes, he is the best part of the film, but this is a little like saying he’s the best violin player on the Titanic. I wouldn’t even bother going into work today. You’ll just end up in your car over your lunch break asking yourself where it all went wrong. You can do that at home and you don’t even need to get dressed.

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Movie Trailer: The Book of Eli

This looks interesting. The trailer is rather conventional. It makes Washington seem like he recites his lines in a low, raspy grumble the whole time. Maybe that's why Gary Oldman apparently is constantly laughing?

It's the end of the world as we know it and Eli (Washington) has the only copy of the Bible in the whole world. Bad guy Carnegie (Oldman) wants the Bible because he knows he can pervert the Good Book to do bad things. Eli doesn't feel like giving up the Word of God to this yahoo. This leads to lots of fire and bullets and people jumping around.

Screenwriter: Gary Whitta
Directors: Allen Hughes (From Hell) and Albert Hughes (Dead Presidents)
Actors: Denzel Washington (American Gangster), Gary Oldman (Romeo is Bleeding), Mila Kunis (Extract), Ray Stevenson (King Arthur), Jennifer Beals (The Grudge 2), Michael Gambon (The Good Shepherd) and Tom Waits (Bram Stoker's Dracula)

Movie Quote: The Producers (1968)

Roger De Bris
Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We are only seeing singing Hitlers.

The Gift (2000)

Reviewer: Scott Nehring

The Gift movie reviewShould I see it?

Director: Sam Raimi
Written by: Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Greg Kinnear, Kate Holmes, Keanu Reeves, JK Simmons, Hilary Swank and Gary Cole

Rated R for violence, language, sexuality and nudity.

Buy or Rent This Movie HereThe Gift Movie Review

Billy Bob Thornton can’t write.

Let’s be clear, neither can I. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed my atrocious grammar. I understand I am chucking big ol’ cinder blocks at William’s glass house, but I must.

Again, Billy Bob Thornton can’t write.

This film is a drifting, condescending bore. Even with a very talented cast (Cate Blanchett, Greg Kinnear, Giovanni Ribisi, JK Simmons, Gary Cole and Hilary Swank) and one of the best working directors, Sam Raimi, this film is like eating paste dipped in rotten flour. It’s bland and yet leaves an awful taste in your mouth.

Billy Bob is a very talented actor, but I refuse to give him credit for his script work. I need only this film and Sling Blade to buttress my complaint. This guy’s work is first of all BORING. Not just slow, but produces a soul-pounding boredom - listening to Ben Stein reading the collected works of James Joyce boring. Moreover, he hates southerners. Sure, Billy Bob’s name is Billy Bob, but this guy’s writing pokes the South in the eye at every turn. To view his work, you’d think no one below the Mason-Dixon line has any real value. Can we have yet another presentation of a dim eyed, drunken, slacked jawed yokel beating his wife? These guys exist sure, but can we have the other side of the coin every once in a while?

Are there positive sides to this film? No, not really. It’s not a complete loss, but there’s nothing here to recommend either. It’s a bland, lifeless movie waiting for its turn in the bargain bin at your video store. Which is where it belongs.

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Movie Trailer: Green Zone

It must be something to spend a portion of your young life fighting in Iraq, seeing people die, see the horrible things that go down in that part of the world and then come back to America to find Comrade Damon peddling Jason Bourne Goes to Baghdad.

I could be missing the whole point here, I have read the book. But, from what I'm seeing here looks like we have a Hollywood production where the hero goes after OUR SIDE in the middle of the war zone - a war zone we are currently involved in.

Am I wrong? If so, let me know where I messed up.

Screenwriter: Brian Helgeland (Robin Hood)
Director: Paul Greengrass (United 93)
Actors: Matt Damon (The Bourne Supremacy), Jason Issacs (Soldier), Greg Kinnear (We Were Soldiers), Brendan Gleeson (28 Days Later), Amy Ryan (Changling) and Said Faraj

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (2009)

Should I see it?
Are you kidding? You have to ask? Really?

No seriously, you can't figure this one out for yourself?


Okay, fine. The answer is no. Don't bother seeing this terrible, unneeded, wasteful production. If you are over the age of, say, six, and this speaks to you, you need to go live in a home. You probably shouldn't be allowed to make independent decisions and walk the streets.

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Reclaiming the Blade (2008)

Should I see it?

This documentary was a surprise.

Daniel McNicoll's simple documentary focuses on the topic of sword fighting. Its not just ren fest losers pretending to be their twelfth-level Paladin wielding their Sword of Power. McNicoll delves into the history and sociology of the sword in Europe. The sword has been a power symbol for centuries and the proper use of the weapon has been a sign of manhood for generations.

The film presents a number of serious modern sword fighters along with interviews with actors who have been trained on the weapon. It also explores the forgotten history of European martial arts.

Like the fantastic documentary Helvetica, I expected this to be a second rate doc but found it to be an enthralling look at a little thought of part of our culture. This is worth putting in the Netflix queue.

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Non-Film Related Post of the Day: Hitler Finds Out About Brown

If you got to say something about Brown - May as well let Hitler do the talking.

For all my lefty friends...

Monster House (2006)

Should I see it?
Sure - with cautions for the young ones

The animation is impressive, not for its realism but for the use of depth perception to give a three-dimensional look. I kept finding myself enjoying the visual details of the film more than the predictable plot.

Teenager DJ is troubled by an ominous old house that stands across the street from his home. In this creaky, dark house lives Nebbercracker, a mean old man with wild eyes and a constant snarl on his face. DJ, his tubby pal Chowder along with their friend Jennifer confront their fear of the evil house that has been eating local residents. The trio eventually unravels the mystery of the cursed abode.

This is not a film for small children. The house and Nebbercracker are both effectively done, meaning they are way too scary for the youngsters. For the older kids this is a reasonable pick, although not a great one. It is an okay movie. For my money, if you’re going to spend time with this you may as well go to the trouble of watching something from Pixar.

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