Film and Television Reviews

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Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Theatrical Review
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Theatrical Review   Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  5/19/2008 12:47 PM EDT
Much delayed, Prince Caspian has been released almost two and half years after The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  The original cast of the Pevensie children has returned, along with Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan.  I went to see Prince Caspian really with no expectations, and I came out pleasantly surprise... Read More

Speed Racer Theatrical Review
Speed Racer Theatrical Review   Speed Racer Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  5/17/2008 10:50 PM EDT
As Hollywood continues to mine the cartoons of Generation-X's youth I wonder if we'll see a live-action Smurfs movie with CGI-blue actors and Jessica Alba as Smurfette (Javier Bardem would sort of reprise his No Country For Old Men role in Gargamel!). When I heard they were making Speed Racer into a movie I was basically nonplussed. I had come to S... Read More

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead Theatrical Review
George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead Theatrical Review   George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  5/8/2008 11:40 AM EDT
All the cool kids are shooting video on their phones and using handcams these days so when Romero goes for a reboot of his moribund Dead franchise he picks up where Cloverfieldleft off: a bunch of students with digital cameras film the awakening of the dead as it directly impacts them.You can tell something about the cleverness or the budget of the... Read More

Iron Man Theatrical Review
Iron Man Theatrical Review   Iron Man Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  5/3/2008 11:03 AM EDT
The Marvel Iron Man started in Vietnam where he was forced to construct his first version of the armor with the help of a Chinese genius. Later it was the Gulf War--and now Afghanistan. In the story Tony Stark, genius weapons-designer is captured and forced to build a super weapon for the bad guys. Instead, to escape, he builds a suit of armor and ... Read More

The Forbidden Kingdom Theatrical Review
The Forbidden Kingdom Theatrical Review   The Forbidden Kingdom Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  4/29/2008 11:43 AM EDT
You'd expect the first collaboration between Jet Li and Jackie Chan to be something special: together they're about as close as we come to a cultural icon on the scale of Bruce Lee. Indeed, filmed partially on location (the Gobi desert, not the temple of the heavens, alas) the film looks like a million bucks. Or, well, closer to 55-million--to be m... Read More

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Theatrical Review
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Theatrical Review   Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  4/27/2008 10:25 PM EDT
It had been four years since filmgoers have seen Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) grace the silver screen, but the crazy kids are at it again in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Their last adventure found them traveling across country to find a White Castle hamburger in order to satisfy a weed-induced case of "the... Read More

The Ruins Theatrical Review
The Ruins Theatrical Review   The Ruins Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  4/10/2008 2:06 PM EDT
Horror has several elements that make it really sparkle. First, it has to scare you--this should be obvious but there are different kinds of "scared." There's the "Boo" effect when something jumps out at you--cheap slasher flicks go for that one. There's the creepy psychological horror of thinking about terrible or terrifying th... Read More

Horton Hears a Who Theatrical Review
Horton Hears a Who Theatrical Review   Horton Hears a Who Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  3/24/2008 11:12 AM EDT
The live-action Dr. Seuss movies have not been kind to his legacy. I think that this isn't for lack of trying, I think it's because of the medium as much as anything. Dr. Seuss's locations aren't meant to be real: they exist in the imaginary landscape of our childhood minds. The fluid, flexible imaginary realms that Seuss's characters inhabit rende... Read More

The Bank Job Theatrical Review
The Bank Job Theatrical Review   The Bank Job Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  3/21/2008 11:13 AM EDT
A year or so ago I watched a TV show about the daylight Los Angeles bank robbery where two psychopaths, carrying AK-47's with armor-piercing ammo in giant 50-round drums and clothed head-to-toe in custom body armor took on a bank and the entire LA police force. Incredibly, none of the police were killed (although, after walking through volleys of g... Read More

Vantage Point Theatrical Review
Vantage Point Theatrical Review   Vantage Point Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  3/19/2008 11:40 AM EDT
There are tricks you can use in film. You can show us re-winds, fast-forward, jump-cuts, and so on. You can use tricky camera angles to give us odd points of view on a situation. You can use framing to show us or not show us things the characters themselves can or cannot see. All of these tricks have an impact on the viewer. In the film The Rock th... Read More