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.

Beowulf Theatrical Review
Beowulf   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   The Golden Compass Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/04/2007 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   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   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   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   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

Spider-man 3 Theatrical Review
Spider-man 3   Spider-man 3 Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  11/04/2007 10:16 PM EDT
A big budget, blockbuster Spiderman film should be executed as flawlessly as a spider winds her web. Each piece carefully planned, executed perfectly, and ultimatly neccesary to the beauty and efficiency of the completed structure. Unfortunately, in Spiderman 3, director Sam Raimi fails to establish any sort o... Read More

Shooter Theatrical Review
Shooter   Shooter Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  11/01/2007 2:16 PM EDT
The list of "sniper" movies runs the gamut from the obligatory 1993 Sniper where the euphonious character is a Zen Buddhist principled soldier to fare like Phone Booth where 'the Voice' is a bad-guy with a nine-thousand dollar gun. The idea of elite, expertly trained sharp-shooters who strike from a vast distance with pin-point accuracy i... Read More

We Own The Night Theatrical Review
We Own The Night   We Own The Night Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/31/2007 3:04 PM EDT
There was precious little owning of the night, to be honest. In fact, a large part of the movie was not shot at night. If anything got owned for sure it was my $8.50.We Own The Night stars Joaquin Phoenix who appears on screen with Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall. Which might make you think it would be good. Hey, it made me think it would be good. ... Read More

The Kingdom Theatrical Review
The Kingdom   The Kingdom Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/15/2007 4:11 PM EDT
The first 20 minutes of The Kingdom should be required viewing for anyone who wants an overview of modern Saudi history and why things are the way they are there. It's an animated history with dates flashing by like box-cars on a train while the voice-over explains (in rapid cut style) the move from a Wahabist tribal group to a Wahabist tribal grou... Read More