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.

Monsters vs. Aliens Theatrical Review
Monsters vs. Aliens   Monsters vs. Aliens Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/06/2009 9:51 AM EST
Animated movies are assembled out of some basic component parts.  There are the adult-demographic jokes -- designed to play to the parents; there are the sidekicks, colorful, usually without any arc, and designed for humor value; there is the "set back" in the 3rd act (as reliable as the boy-loses girl false-dawn element of romantic ... Read More

Knowing Theatrical Review
Knowing   Knowing Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/01/2009 9:28 PM EST
There are a few common ways to handle prophecy in fiction.  The first is the Greek tragedy way: the prophecy comes true, even if your knowledge of it makes it come true.  It does not lie, and it is not misinterpreted (this is the Oedipus configuration of prophecy).  The second is that the prophecy may come true, but you can stop it o... Read More

Race to Witch Mountain Theatrical Review
Race to Witch Mountain   Race to Witch Mountain Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  03/15/2009 6:41 PM EST
For decades, the Disney name has been synonymous with family entertainment.  But in recent years, this usually meant younger female audiences that shied away from the young boy audience.   However, this is all about to change as Walt Disney Pictures brings their re-imagining of the 1970's classic, Escape to Witch Mountain, to the sil... Read More

Watchmen Theatrical Review
Watchmen   Watchmen Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  03/08/2009 8:34 PM EST
An apology to the fans of the acclaimed Graphic Novel. For the uninitiated, "Watchmen" is an absolute chore to watch. Before you read any further, sorry. Nostalgia for the source material might be deep rooted, and the film may be faithful to a fault with respect to its 1986 origins. But the year is 2009 and our superheroes, and super hero... Read More

My Bloody Valentine Theatrical Review
My Bloody Valentine   My Bloody Valentine Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/24/2009 9:11 PM EST
As the first R-rated film shot in 3D (modern 3D: 'Real D' technology), it is definitely worth at least a second glance.  For starters, it is a perfect application -- sharp things, gory things, and surprising things leap out of the screen at you; this is one of the things 3D was made for -- in fact, it was the first thing 3D was made for. ... Read More

Friday the 13th Theatrical Review
Friday the 13th   Friday the 13th Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/21/2009 6:59 PM EST
Jason Vorhees, in the hockey mask (which didn't come about until the 3rd movie) is one of the most recognizable characters in cinema.  He is the indestructible zombie serial killer who stalks teenagers out in the woods, right?  Well sort of... it turns out that Jason's, character arc (if we can call it that), has several curves in the roa... Read More

The International Theatrical Review
The International   The International Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/15/2009 5:50 PM EST
In 1991 the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in Luxembourg was charged with money laundering, supporting terrorism, arms trafficking, and the sale of nuclear technologies.  In 2009, The International takes this story about the fictional International Bank of Business and Credit (IBBC) and tells the story of German Interpol agen... Read More

Taken Theatrical Review
Taken   Taken Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/10/2009 6:17 PM EST
The trailer for Taken has Liam Neeson on the phone with his daughter who is in a hotel.  She has  just witnessed some thugs grab her friend, and as her father tells her to hide under the bed, we get the impression he is  pretty cool-headed for someone who is going to lose his little girl to kidnappers. When she hides under the bed, h... Read More

Coraline Theatrical Review
Coraline   Coraline Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/09/2009 4:12 PM EST
Only one hour, 40 minutes long, Coraline did not set out to be the world's longest stop-motion movie.  The plan was to switch from real models to computer animation in the other-world the same way that The Wizard of Oz went from black and white to color.  However, when this was tried, it was found that the full-of-life other-world came ou... Read More

Push Theatrical Review
Push   Push Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  02/08/2009 1:10 AM EST
For the past couple of decades, mutants have been the subject of great films and comic books.  Starting earlier this decade, the "Push" started to create a real genre out of this type of anti-hero -- starting first with Bryan Singer's X-men Series and lately continued with NBC/Universal's television series, Heroes.Enter Push, a low b... Read More



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