Film and Television Reviews

Here at FlickDirect, our goal is to provide up-to-date reviews on theatrical, home entertainment, and television series. Check out the scoop on upcoming films or programming, and even our take on the classics.

Zombieland Theatrical Review
Zombieland Theatrical Review   Zombieland Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  9/29/2009 9:31 PM EDT
First of all, it's cards on the table time. Zombieland is only the second zombie flick I've ever seen. I know. I know. I'm sorry. 28 days later is the other one. Not even one of the "Dead" series. They're on my Netflix cue and have been for quite some time. I just haven't gotten around to them. ... Read More

Love Happens Theatrical Review
Love Happens Theatrical Review   Love Happens Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  9/20/2009 8:53 PM EDT
I have not lost anybody significant in my life, not lately anyways. The last close relative of mine who died was my grandfather in '91 so I have not had to go through the healing process of grief in a very long time (knock on wood). My wife, however, has not been so fortunate. Her mother died just last year and I've seen the pain she... Read More

The Informant Theatrical Review
The Informant Theatrical Review   The Informant Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  9/16/2009 8:39 PM EDT
The Fix is in. That is the title of episode 168 of "This American Life" where the story of Mark Whitacre was first heard by screenwriter Scott Burns and eventually made into a movie. Such is Hollywood. After seeing the film yesterday, I looked up the Chicago Public Radio program and listened to it this morning. I would... Read More

Whiteout Theatrical Review
Whiteout Theatrical Review   Whiteout Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  9/14/2009 8:00 PM EDT
One of the biggest problems facing moviemakers, or really, any working artist seeing a project through, is being too close to your project. Often times it takes an objective eye and a kind word to show you that you've gone off the rails and need to correct your trajectory. Once you're in production, things really start humming and you're ... Read More

Extract Theatrical Review
Extract Theatrical Review   Extract Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  9/14/2009 7:58 PM EDT
I am a huge fan of Office Space, the 1999 film about how it sucks to work for "The Man." Now, 10 years later Mike Judge is back with another film about how it sucks to be "The Man." Mike Judge, known also for bringing us Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Idiocracy and a whole slew of other morons for us to laugh at, does no... Read More

9 Theatrical Review
9 Theatrical Review   9 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  9/14/2009 1:53 PM EDT
Some day we are going to run out of number-names for movies.  We have recently seen 300. I remember Ten.  If you accept articles, the "The One" probably counts.  If we let in dates, then Ridley Scott's 1492 might count (although they added 'Conquest of Paradise').  We all saw Seven. There was a movie named Thirteen.&n... Read More

Gamer Theatrical Review
Gamer Theatrical Review   Gamer Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  9/7/2009 8:17 PM EDT
Gamer is one of those movies that you either love or hate.  Online gaming takes on new meaning in a futuristic world.  In that world, players at home can direct convicts to do their bidding in a wickedly violent, multiplayer competition, and death-row inmate Kable (Gerard Butler) has no choice but to play.  As millions satisfy their ... Read More

Inglourious Basterds Theatrical Review
Inglourious Basterds Theatrical Review   Inglourious Basterds Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  8/24/2009 8:09 PM EDT
Quentin Tarantino may be the only guy I can think of to have created his own genre.  When you say it is a Quentin Tarantino movie, people pretty much know what you are talking about.  That, by itself, is a hell of an achievement.  Of course, his achievements in film, the influential Reservoir Dogs, the even more influential, Pulp Fic... Read More

Shorts Theatrical Review
Shorts Theatrical Review   Shorts Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  8/23/2009 11:25 AM EDT
One of my biggest complaints with Hollywood in the last decade has been the lack of new ideas. More and more we're seeing remakes of classic movies -most of the time they're not that great, but in some cases they are. Because of this, it seems some of my most favorite movies have been the "independent" films. Shorts is one ... Read More

District 9 Theatrical Review
District 9 Theatrical Review   District 9 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  8/16/2009 8:03 PM EDT
In 1966, the apartheid government forcibly relocated 60,000 people from District 6 in Cape Town. Today we see a science fiction analogue of that in the 2009 movie District 9 by Neill Blomkamp.  Apparently, Neill got the support of Peter Jackson when negotiations for a movie version of Halo fell through.  Neill had done a film short about ... Read More