Film and Television Reviews

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Solitary Man Theatrical Review
Solitary Man Theatrical Review   Solitary Man Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  06/10/2010 12:08 AM EST
It is not so much that Ben (Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Falling Down) is alone, the thematic underpinning that the advertisements for Solitary Man would have you see in this film, as it is that there is so little foundation underlying the alliances and friendships he forges that they might as well not be there at all. Ben is competitive with his ... Read More

Marmaduke Theatrical Review
Marmaduke Theatrical Review   Marmaduke Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  06/06/2010 11:24 PM EST
Old Yeller this isn't. Which is mildly amusing as Old Yeller is playing on a television in one of the movie's scenes. That's how I would summarize this movie. Mildly amusing. There are a few funny parts but this movie can't decide if it should be a canine comedy, like Beethoven, or a serious movie. Marmaduke is based on the newspaper comic strip of... Read More

Caddyshack DVD Review
Caddyshack DVD Review   Caddyshack DVD Review
(Stephen Compall)  06/01/2010 9:19 AM EST
I am by no means biased against the "zany" genus of comedy. The Airplane! movies and Hot Shots! movies I consider classic films among any form, and Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights I still consider on a level with the recent Robin Hood, as good as I may have granted that. These films, however, cloak their zaniness in an alternat... Read More

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Theatrical Review
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Theatrical Review   Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  05/28/2010 12:10 AM EST
Summer 2010 started off with a bang two weeks ago with Iron Man 2 smashing its way onto the silver screen, and this Memorial Day continues the summer blockbuster streak with Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure, s... Read More

Shrek Forever After Theatrical Review
Shrek Forever After Theatrical Review   Shrek Forever After Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/24/2010 8:52 PM EST
The fourth, and at this point, I would hope the final chapter in the Shrek saga gives us Shrek Forever After. Shrek is the CGI Ogre from Dreamworks who originally made fun of the Disney franchises and gave us a crude, tough (if only cartoonishly), lovable lout of a main character. The first Shrek movie was an outside-the-box experience; and after t... Read More

Prison Break Digital HD Review
Prison Break: Season One Digital HD Review   Prison Break Digital HD Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/24/2010 10:10 AM EST
Prison Break is a fairly straightforward idea: an innocent man is imprisoned due to a large and unlikely political conspiracy, and sentenced to die. His brother, a genius structural engineer, tries to free him legally, but then finally decides to get arrested in order to break his brother out from the inside. The brother, a brooding Wentworth Mille... Read More

Robin Hood Theatrical Review
Robin Hood Theatrical Review   Robin Hood Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  05/16/2010 1:18 AM EST
This latest adaptation of Robin Hood is quite careful in the way in which it connects itself to the traditional legend.  The dénouement serves as a sort of origin story for the Robin Hood of legend, and it is fairly believable in its inevitability, both as legend and as the natural outcome of the preceding events, that it well rewards t... Read More

Valentine's Day Blu-ray Review
Valentine's Day Blu-ray Review   Valentine's Day Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  05/15/2010 10:38 AM EST
I have a weakness for the cross-genre "interconnecting vignettes" conceit that crops up from time to time in movies.  I count Love, Actually among my favorite romcoms, and Magnolia sits somewhere in my seven favorite films of all time.  But I dare not compare Valentine's Day to that magnificent film, nor the many lesser but stil... Read More

Iron Man 2 Theatrical Review
Iron Man 2 Theatrical Review   Iron Man 2 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/09/2010 9:39 AM EST
Iron Man 2 was a bit of a hard sell. I very much liked the first one, but what I liked about it was the general sense of joy that Downey brought to the role. In Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, billionaire weapons dealer, who is captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan and then builds himself a suit of high-tech armor so he can escape. ... Read More

Edge of Darkness Blu-ray Review
Edge of Darkness Blu-ray Review   Edge of Darkness Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  05/05/2010 8:48 PM EST
In the beginning she appears in one of those sorts of home movies that you know no real parent ever takes of their children.  It is the sort of Hollywood home movie that depicts a pure frivolity and innocence, to contrast with the moment to come in which the parent, and we by proxy, lose these things.  I assume she is already dead, and we... Read More



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