Arts + Life

Movie Reviews
4:19 pm
Sat September 2, 2006

Hollywoodland

Charles Foster Kane?

A B movie with an ambition like its characters.

"Virtue is choked with foul ambition." Shakespeare, King Henry VI, pt ii

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Movie Reviews
3:08 pm
Sat September 2, 2006

The Illusionist

Magic Sleights

"And that distill'd by magic sleights

Shall raise such artificial sprites

As by the strength of their illusion

Shall draw him on to his confusion . . . ." Hecate in Macbeth

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Movie Reviews
12:21 pm
Thu August 31, 2006

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

The man and the fan.

Deservedly.

I once succeeded with an attractive older woman because we shared a poetry lovers' delight in Leonard Cohen's Suzanne.

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It's Movie Time
12:56 pm
Wed August 30, 2006

"It's Movie Time" September 1, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: Spike Lee Special--Inside Man, Do the Right Thing, Summer of Sam, Malcolm X

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator honors.

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Movie Reviews
11:15 am
Fri August 25, 2006

The Quiet

Not David Lynch again!

An ugly life

"So buxom, blithe, and full of face,

As heaven had lent her all his grace;

With whom the father liking took,

And her to incest did provoke:

Bad child; worse father!" Shakespeare, Pericles

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It's Movie Time
1:20 pm
Thu August 24, 2006

"It's Movie Time" August 25, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: The Illusionist, Invincible, Snakes on a Plane

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator honors.


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Movie Reviews
1:03 pm
Thu August 24, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

You'll laugh, too.

"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain." Shakespeare, Lear

So you think any one of these summer comedies could be called the best of the year: Scoop, Clerks II, You, Me and Dupree, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Not so when you see Little Miss Sunshine, a certifiable winner for the year with a fraction of their budgets and more wit than even the Woodman can employ.

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Movie Reviews
9:38 am
Thu August 24, 2006

Quincearnera

15 years old and a woman!

I applaud these directors.

"It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today." Isaac Asimov

There isn't much more that could happen to a 14 year-old Latino girl than occurs in Quincearnera, a stew simmered in the Echo-Park section of Los Angeles. Change is the dominant motif as it affects every major and sub-plot point to the point that nothing is explored in depth while much happens.

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It's Movie Time
2:18 pm
Wed August 16, 2006

"It's Movie Time" August 18, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: Little Miss Sunshine, Sketches of Frank Gehry, Who Killed the Electric Car?

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator honors.


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Movie Reviews
12:52 pm
Fri August 11, 2006

Sketches of Frank Gehry

A jolly little Jewish man

"No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder." John Ruskin

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It's Movie Time
4:51 pm
Thu August 10, 2006

"It's Movie Time" August 11, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: The War Tapes, Talladega Nights, The Heart of the Game


"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator honors.


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Movie Reviews
12:32 pm
Wed August 9, 2006

The War Tapes

Cultural Crossroads

A singularly authentic portrait

In The War Tapes documentary, Sgt. Zack Bazzi, who speaks Arabic, says in his videotaped section, "A good American will always love his country and be suspicious of his government." Although I usually look for criticism of the Iraq debacle, this statement isn't a criticism of neocons but a sincere, self-protective code of behavior.

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Movie Reviews
2:21 pm
Fri August 4, 2006

The Descent

Rebirth

No equal

''Hey, there's something down here.''

There is no equal to this horror film within the last few years. It's better than the terror of 2005's Wolf Creek, and while not having the epic quality of 2003's 28 Days Later, it scares you with class and restraint a bit like Open Water but inside the earth. It is a distaff Deliverance (1972), every bit as macho, every bit as scary in its suggestion of human and inhuman depravity.

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Movie Reviews
10:02 am
Fri August 4, 2006

World Trade Center

Familiar Image

Stone Cold

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It's Movie Time
12:34 pm
Thu August 3, 2006

"It's Movie Time" August 4, 2006, 2005 On-Demand

Films reviewed: World trade Center, Miami Vice, Lady Vengeance


"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator honors.

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Movie Reviews
11:55 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

A humorous look at a prominent subculture

". . . If we are to become men we need the help of other men,

we need our fathers to model for us and then to anoint us, we need our buddies to share the coming-of-age rituals with us and to let us join the team of men . . . ." Frank Pittman

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Movie Reviews
9:09 am
Fri July 28, 2006

Miami Vice

Very Vice

Miami Vice is nice, a guilty pleasure.

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It's Movie Time
10:11 am
Wed July 26, 2006

"It's Movie Time" July 28, 2006 On-Demand

Scooped

Films reviewed: Scoop, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator honors.

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Movie Reviews
11:56 am
Sat July 22, 2006

Scoop

The Woodman has not lost his touch of class.

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Movie Reviews
9:32 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Lady in the Water

"She was a child . . ."

A tale to confound the traditionalists

?She was a child and I was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea,

But we loved with a love that was more than love--

I and my Annabel Lee . . . .? Edgar Allen Poe

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