Archive for December, 2009

Trailer Talk: Successful Alcoholics

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — Alcoholism is a serious disease, but the first half of the trailer below for “Successful Alcoholics” isn’t very serious. The two main characters have a run in with a cop after passing out in their car and it seems like a pretty funny scene. The scenes th[...]

Short Film Theater: ‘I F***ing Hate You’

— by RACHEL COYNE — Breakups — when played for drama rather than comedy — are never easy to watch. Luckily, the breakup in “I F***ing Hate You” only lasts for about nine minutes. Directed and co-written by Zak Forsman, “I F***ing Hate You” is a short film that gives you a[...]

About That Captain America Movie …

— by CAM SMITH — While there’s been an abundance of swirling buzz emanating from assorted fan-driven internet circles for DC’s “Green Lantern” film and both Marvel’s Kenneth Branagh-helmed “Thor” and their 2012-planned superhero extravaganza “The Avengers,” the word on [...]

Under Review: ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

— by MARIUSZ ZUBROWSKI — Heath Ledger’s death turned heads back in January of last year; just a couple months before the release of the hyped “The Dark Knight,” in which Ledger played the iconic Batman villain, The Joker — for which he later won an Oscar (becoming[...]

Short Film Theater: ‘Trepan Hole’

— by ALEXA MILAN — “Trepan Hole,” an animated short film by Andy Cahill, is definitely interesting and very avant-garde. The description on the Web site for the Slamdance Film Festival, where the short played earlier this year, describes the film as “Squiggling, spastic, rail thin [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Furry Vengeance’

— by JOSUE SANCHEZ — Who do you know that can go from making a powerful, real-life drama with Harrison Ford called “Extraordinary Measures,” and then turn around and do a comedic movie that mixes animated characters (in this case, forest animals) and real-life people at war? [...]

X-Mas Origins: Santa

Discover the origins of a legend.[...]

Under Review: ‘Rethink Afghanistan’

— by BEV QUESTAD — At the close of this small college screening, a frustrated man stood up and said, “Let’s all pitch in a buck to buy a copy for Barack Obama.” Fifty bucks later, the organizer had enough to send it special delivery. Why are we there? What do we have to gain? [&hel[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Repo Men’ (Red Band Version)

— by JASON EAKEN — Here’s a fun game: watch the red band trailer for “Repo Men” below, then try to imagine what its normal preview might look like. Surprisingly difficult, right? I was letting my mind drift away, thinking about the recent influx of red band trailers and[...]

Under Review: ‘Sherlock Holmes’

— by MARIUSZ ZUBROWSKI — Sherlock Holmes is no doubt one of the most recognizable characters in fiction to date and director Guy Ritchie has courage to put his unique touch to the legend. Though Ritchie is not the best director in the business, his films do tend to be entertaining and[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘The Warlords’

— by ROBERT DeFEIS — Jet Li stars as General Pang in this epic war film (previously known as “The Blood Brothers”). I have to say watching Jet Li is fun and yet almost every movie he comes out with has terrible reviews. I am definitely looking forward to watching him[...]

Under Review: ‘A Single Man’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — Set in the 1960s, “A Single Man” takes place in a single day, while George Falconer tries to go about his daily life after recently losing his partner. George is a professor in his 50s who was in love with his younger partner, Jim, for 16 years[...]

Under Review: ‘It’s Complicated’

— by JOEL CRARY — Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe nomination for “It’s Complicated” may prove that the actor could draw awards for any role, no matter how pedestrian — compared with her other nominated work in films such as “Doubt” and[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Knight and Day’

— by TOM ELCE — With the lousy “Identity,” director James Mangold suggested a gift (quite accidentally) for the preposterous, and so it’s no surprise that his forthcoming film “Knight and Day,” an action-comedy that immediately looks preferable to films like[...]