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.

Charlie Wilson's War Theatrical Review
Charlie Wilson's War Theatrical Review   Charlie Wilson's War Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/15/2008 1:36 PM EDT
It's fashionable today to talk about how "we" created the Taliban--our own present-day Frankenstein-Monster come back to haunt us. It's less common to hear people discuss the context in which we handed out state-of-the-art Stinger missiles to a bunch of religious fanatics. That context was the cold-war and mutually assured destruction.Whe... Read More

A Christmas Story Theatrical Review
A Christmas Story Theatrical Review   A Christmas Story Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/27/2007 11:34 AM EDT
The Christmas movie can get away with sappiness in a way that most other family-friendly movies can't. It's okay to have peace-on-earth and goodwill to all men as your message if you also have a Christmas tree or at least Santa Clause in there somewhere. If you do this with a killer whale, for example, you run the risk of making Free Willy 2.Releas... Read More

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Theatrical Review
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Theatrical Review   Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/27/2007 10:06 AM EDT
It's hard to judge Alien vs. Predator - Requiem. On one hand the human characters are forgettable, the plot fairly absurd, and the movie, as a horror show simply a kinetic gore-fest. On the other hand, it does, fairly, deliver on its premise: the Aliens, macro-scale biological weapons, land in a small town on modern-day earth and we, humanity, are ... Read More

I Am Legend Theatrical Review
I Am Legend Theatrical Review   I Am Legend Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  12/18/2007 1:43 PM EDT
After nearly a decade, numerous rewrites, directors, and lead actors later I Am Legend hits the big screen for moviegoers this December, yet it fails to become a legend at all.Based on the book by Richard Matheson, and a remake of the film The Omega Man starring Charloton Heston. The movie follows the "last man on earth", Robert Neville ... Read More

Beowulf Theatrical Review
Beowulf Theatrical Review   Beowulf Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/13/2007 1:31 PM EDT
There is more Beowulf than you might think. There are no fewer than four movies in IMDB with exact-matches to Beowulf in their title. That's not including The 13th Warrior that mixed in some of the 'Wulf along with a bunch of other historical inaccuracies and Antonio Banderas.Beowulf is an ancient epic poem about the original bad-ass, Beowulf, who ... Read More

The Golden Compass Theatrical Review
The Golden Compass Theatrical Review   The Golden Compass Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/4/2007 11:19 AM EDT
Canada is forward thinking: their politics are more progressive, their environmental discipline is more advanced, and their movie sneak previews are a week ahead.In the UK, the book was called Northern Lights by author Philip Pullman who was described as "the writer the atheists would would have prayed for, if atheists prayed." This is be... Read More

Enchanted Theatrical Review
Enchanted Theatrical Review   Enchanted Theatrical Review
(Jackie 'O)  11/26/2007 10:20 AM EDT
A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess (AMY ADAMS) from the past who is thrust into present-day by an evil queen (SUSAN SARANDON). Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer (PATRICK DEMPSEY). Can a storybook vi... Read More

The Mist Theatrical Review
The Mist Theatrical Review   The Mist Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  11/24/2007 2:42 PM EDT
The best ever Stephen King movie is Shawshank Redemption. The absolute worst has got to be Lawnmower Man (which King sued to have his name removed from). The Mist, based on what is one of his finest novellas, is further towards the good side of the batch--much, much further towards the good side.Until the last 20 minutes: at which point it complete... Read More

No Country For Old Men Theatrical Review
No Country For Old Men Theatrical Review   No Country For Old Men Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  11/24/2007 1:12 PM EDT
The title comes from WB Yeats Sailing to Byzantium (a poem about growing old). It's a bit of the ultra violence based on a book by Cormac McCarthy and turned into a movie by the Cohen Brothers. It revolves around a convoluted plot where a bunch of clever, resourceful, and dangerous men vie for 2.4 million dollars in drug-money.Some are fairly "... Read More

Stardust Theatrical Review
Stardust Theatrical Review   Stardust Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  11/14/2007 12:25 PM EDT
Neil Gaiman has written some absolutely shattering graphic novels (Sandman), some pretty good books (American Gods), and some films that while innovative rarely achieve the same level of shock and awe (Mirror Mask). Part of this is because Gaiman's strength is in complex interwoven storylines where characterization is set in context with a much lar... Read More