Monthly Archive: May 2009

May
29

Review: UP

Exiled From the Trailer: A startlingly human Ellie & Karl, from Disney/Pixar's UP

In which we consider how an increasingly formidable animation studio is like a certain, humble but beneficial insect, and I — inveterate cat person — confess to an irrational love for a non-existant, talking dog. Hey, whaddya want? It’s Friday. MMP’s second review ep, this time on Disney/Pixar’s UP

May
28

MMP on Current TV

The Rotten Tomatoes Show

This keeps up, I’m going to have to add a “15 Seconds of Fame” category to the site. Got word this week that the haiku I created for the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN review will be read on tonight’s (Thursday, May 28) episode of THE ROTTEN TOMATOES SHOW on Current TV. …

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May
25

Stephan Elliott on EASY VIRTUE

Easy Virtue

Not so much a classic, dry martini as one of those newfangled drinks that get whipped up in upscale bars — you know, the kind of beverage made with exotic liquors and maybe one of those faux, LED ice cubes for a bit of dazzle — EASY VIRTUE takes one of Noel Coward’s earlier plays …

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May
22

Trailer for THE SKY CRAWLER

Go ahead, call this self-indulgent. It’s not like I get blurbed every day, you know. BTW: The film really is stunning. embedded by Embedded Video

May
22

Review: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN

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Y’know, I suspect the production of HEAVEN’S GATE wasn’t as arduous as the creation of our first review episode. Lack of sleep, machine crashes, and a profound case of cold feet on the part of yours truly conspired to push this show from debuting on Wednesday, as I’d planned, to this premiere, just a shade …

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May
19

Anders Ostergaard on BURMA VJ

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Not quite six months in, this has been a pretty strong year for releases. Seen some fantastic stuff, not all of which I’ve been able to cover on MMP. (If they come your way, be sure to check out SUMMER HOURS, a smart, subtly turned French film, and BIG MAN JAPAN, a delirious, kick-ass send-up …

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May
15

Jake Rademacher on BROTHERS AT WAR

Director Jake Rademacher "on location" in BROTHERS AT WAR

I have to admit: I can get a little knee-jerk liberal at times. So when I saw that BROTHERS AT WAR was exec produced by Gary Sinise and came with high praise from Jon Voight — especially since my last exposure to the political Jon Voight was through his role as George Washington in the …

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May
14

Paul Morrison on LITTLE ASHES

The relationship between Salvadore Dali and filmmaker Luis Bunuel is well-known — their collaboration, UN CHIEN ANDALOU, is one of the landmarks of film history. Less well known is that the association began while they were students at a university in Madrid, and included radical poet and author Federico Garcia Lorca. Really less known — …

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May
12

Deirdre Timmons on A WINK AND A SMILE

Miss Indigo Blue's proud plumage, as seen in A WINK AND A SMILE

Let’s get the hoary ol’ cliche out of the way right off: sex sells. That’s a formula relied upon by anyone involved in the media — including podcast producers hoping to up their hit counts (and thus, permit me a moment to address the search engines directly: sex, sex, sexity, sex, sex, sex. And, in …

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May
07

Atom Egoyan on ADORATION

Okay, no fooling, I really like Atom Egoyan’s work. He got me at THE SWEET HEREAFTER, then I backtracked to EXOTICA and followed up with FELICIA’S JOURNEY, and found them all rewarding experiences. (WHERE THE TRUTH LIES didn’t quite do it for me, but hey, an occasional miss is only to be expected.) Something about …

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