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Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

THINGS FALL DOWN. PEOPLE LOOK UP. AND WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.  After the success of Boogie Nights (1997), director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself in a very fortunate position and thought hard about how to take advantage. He started writing what was supposed to be a small and intimate movie, but it blossomed and … Continue reading Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL. On a mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that will be used on Hiroshima, the USS Indianapolis is sunk by the Japanese navy; the survivors battle fatigue and sharks. One of the greatest disasters in American military history gets a silver screen treatment of the worst … Continue reading USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage


IN ORDER TO CATCH HIM, HE MUST BECOME HIM. After capturing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) undergoes an experimental face transplant surgery and is turned into the spitting image of Castor as part of a plan to make the terrorist’s brother reveal crucial information. John Woo’s greatest film in … Continue reading Face/Off

Thin Red Line: Days of Hell

EVERY MAN FIGHTS HIS OWN WAR. “I didn’t think he was capable of betrayal of this magnitude.” That quote is lifted from an Entertainment Weekly interview with one of the producers of this film, Robert Michael Geisler. He was referring to director Terrence Malick and those words illustrate to what degree the relationship between these … Continue reading Thin Red Line: Days of Hell

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

SOMETIMES IT TAKES MORE THAN JUST GOOD LOOKS TO KILL.  Empty-headed high-school cheerleader Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) learns that it is part of her destiny to slay vampires. Joss Whedon probably realized that the original script he had written was better than this movie; five years later he would create a superior TV adaptation that would run for … Continue reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

GET THE HOT GIRL. DEFEAT HER EVIL EXES. HIT LOVE WHERE IT HURTS.  22-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls in love with a girl (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who has a mysterious past, but in order to date her he must defeat her seven evil exes. Director Edgar Wright knows how to maintain one’s interest and … Continue reading Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The Punisher

THIS IS NOT REVENGE. IT’S PUNISHMENT! When a retired FBI agent’s (Thomas Jane) entire family is wiped out by a gangster’s (John Travolta) thugs, he turns himself into a one-man killing machine. Another version of the comic book; featuring better known stars and more explosive action than the 1989 movie, it nevertheless comes up just … Continue reading The Punisher


FOUR FRIENDS HUNG A DREAMCATCHER IN THEIR CABIN. IT’S ABOUT TO CATCH SOMETHING IT CANNOT STOP. Four friends with extrasensory powers gather on a snowy day in a cabin, little realizing that they will end up in the middle of a hunt for nasty aliens. One fine director and one fine screenwriter somehow manage to … Continue reading Dreamcatcher

The Sweetest Thing

FIRST CAME THE RULES OF LOVE. NOW COMES THE FUN. Best friends Christina and Courtney (Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate) are headed for a wedding; Christina wants to take her chances with the groom’s brother (Thomas Jane), a guy she met at a nightclub. Since the movie is in bad taste and has foul language, it … Continue reading The Sweetest Thing

Deep Blue Sea

BIGGER. SMARTER. FASTER. MEANER. A bad storm strikes a scientific base in the middle of the ocean, setting loose a bunch of genetically enhanced sharks. Director Renny Harlin doesn’t hold back; there are plenty of nail-biting, watery scenes that are mercilessly interrupted by quick, vicious attacks. The CGI sharks are well crafted; they’re smarter and faster than in … Continue reading Deep Blue Sea