Archive for October, 2007

Dan in Real Life

Steve Carell as an awkward single father of three girls. On a family weekend at his parent’s cottage, he unknowingly falls in love with his brother’s girlfriend and is then forced to spend the weekend with her while hiding his feelings. Strangely sad, with funny bits sprinkled generously throughout.

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Premonition

A psychological thriller. Adequate.

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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

Dirty Mary (Susan George) is a young woman with a less than immaculate past who has a one night stand with Crazy Larry (Peter Fonda). The next morning Crazy Larry and his partner Deke rob a supermarket and try to make a clean getaway, only to find Dirty Mary in their getaway car holding the […]

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Kissing Jessica Stein

A lesbian love story. Jessica is a shy, bookish woman who has had terrible luck finding the perfect man. When a singles ad catches her attention, Jessica decides to pursue it, even though it’s in the women seeking women section. Good light-hearted romantic comedy.

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Hatchet

A bad horror movie that’s so bad it’s good. Everything starts with a haunted New Orleans swamp tour hosted by a Chinese kid from Detroit. On the boat are two strippers (who are both dumb as toast, a slimy looking guy with a video camera who’s making a Girls Gone Wild style video, a goofy […]

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Planet Terror

The first part of the Grindhouse feature. You can see my review of Death Proof here. Planet terror is about a rag tag group of survivors of a mysterious viral infection outbreak. The infection turns people into juicy zombies within seconds of exposure. I say juicy because when they are shot, they literally explode into […]

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The Condemned

Ten death row prisoners are brought to an island to star in a reality show. The one person still alive after 30 hours will be freed. Another dumb sounding movie but it’s a decent action movie. Steve Austin (as in “Stone Cold” Steve Austin) plays the main character. Worth watching.

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You Kill Me

A love story between a depressed, alcoholic hit man (Ben Kingsley) who works in a funeral parlour and a neurotic ad executive (Téa Leoni). It sounds like it would be a stinker, but it’s really good. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. I’ve added it to my permanent collection. It’s well worth watching.

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L.A. Confidential

A wonderful police movie set in the early days of Hollywood.

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Francis

A 1950’s black and white children’s war movie about a bumbling second-lieutenant and a talking mule named Francis. I have to thank Coach for suggesting this movie. My life is richer and fuller because of it.

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30 Days of Night

It’s a vampire movie set in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point in the U.S. The vampires arrive in town just as the sun is setting for 30 days, hence the clever title. Each vampire movie that’s made lends it’s own little twist to the vampire legend. Some movies popularized the garlic and cross defence, some […]

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Cherry Crush

A rich kid gets involved with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and the next thing you know there’s a murder, a bag with a million dollars in it, and a dirty cop with blackmail on the brain. Oh, almost forgot, there’s also the rich overbearing father who has his son’s entire […]

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Hannibal Rising

This movie shows us how Hannibal Lecter became the monster he is. It is very good and if you’re a fan of the other Hannibal the cannibal movies this is a must-see. I tried to watch this movie a half dozen times but never got past the first fifteen minutes. The problem was that I […]

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Sydney White

This is an updated version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Sydney White and the Seven Dorks. Amanda Bynes plays Sydney, who dreams of joining the same sorority that her mother belonged to. When the evil sorority sisters kick her out because she’s not a blond bimbo, she is taken in by the […]

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

A lot of talkie talkie. And pretty outfits. And wacky hairdos. The problem with historical dramas is that if you know your history it kind of ruins the ending.

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Deathrace 2000

David Carradine at his best as Mister Frankenstein and Sylvester Stallone as “Machine Gun” Joe Viturbo. A cult classic at a million miles an hour!

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Beneath

I was pleasantly surprised by this horror/thriller. It was filmed in Canada (which has no real bearing on anything) but I think it made me predisposed to like it. It’s one of those movies where all the strange occurrences point towards a supernatural explanation, but the truth, slowly revealed, is much weirder (but infinitely more […]

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Dead Silence

Probably one of the most inane horror movie plots I’ve seen in a long time. I have to be honest – I wasn’t paying very much attention to the movie but here is what I remember: There’s something about a dead ventriloquist who had no children. Instead of children she had dummies. She was murdered/hanged […]

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The Brave One

Erica (Jodie Foster) and her fiancé are attacked in Central Park and he ends up dying. Erica then buys a gun and starts putting herself in dangerous situations and becomes a vigilante. I’ve been told that this movie is very similar to Deathwish. I haven’t seen that movie but it’s been added to my list. […]

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Escape From L.A.

The sequel to Escape from New York. The story is almost exactly the same, only set in L.A. The running gag in the first one was that everyone who met Snake says to him “I thought you were dead.” In this movie it’s “I thought you were taller.”

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