Monthly Archive: June 2009

Jun
25

Tommy Wirkola on DEAD SNOW

In case you didn't hear me the first time, zombie Nazis! From DEAD SNOW

Listening to this episode, you might get the impression that I’m really hooked on the phrase, “zombie Nazis.” I am. I really am. Look at it this way: Two of my favorite film titles of all time belong to the Troma releases SURF NAZIS MUST DIE and CHOPPER CHICKS IN ZOMBIE TOWN (although, to pronounce …

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Jun
18

Tatia Rosenthal on $9.99

A retiree (voice of Barry Otto) discovers that guardian angels (Geoffrey Rush) aren't alway all that's advertised, in $9.99.

What with all the “family-oriented” animation that we’re going to be saddled with over the next few months, Tatia Rosenthal’s debut stop-motion animated feature, $9.99, comes as a welcome change. Based on the stories of Etgar Keret — who for the indie film crowd is probably best known for writing the seed story that became …

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Jun
16

Woody Allen on WHATEVER WORKS

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Woody Allen’s back, and  in comedy mode this time, adapting an unproduced script he wrote in the seventies, casting Larry David as the misanthrope’s misanthrope, Evan Rachel Wood as the young woman from the south who improbably falls in love with him, and throwing in Ed Begley Jr. and Patricia Clarkson as the woman’s estranged …

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Jun
12

Duncan Jones on MOON

The Man Almost Alone: Sam Rockwell interacts with the robotic arm of Gertie (voice of Kevin Spacey) in MOON

Just for the record, I have nothing against Michael Bay as a matter of principle. I find some of his films fun, if almost always aggressively ADD. But particularly in the summer season, even under the best of conditions, one can begin to long for genre films that deliver a little something more than just …

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Jun
05

Donald Petrie on MY LIFE IN RUINS

Nia Vardalos (center), flanked by Rachel Dratch and Harland Williams and a buncha other folk in MY LIFE IN RUINS

Okay, let’s not kid ourselves, this weekend THE HANGOVER will be the comedy that moviegoers are lining up to see (and I can’t blame them — the thing is damn funny). But there’s another comedy opening this weekend: MY LIFE IN RUINS, starring Nia Vardalos as an ex-pat American turned Greek tour guide, Richard Dreyfuss …

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Jun
02

Bruce McDonald on PONTYPOOL

The Face of Terror: Stephen McHattie in PONTYPOOL

Flat-out, rip yer guts out, splatter the gore against the lens horror is just fine with me. I dug HOSTEL, liked Carpenter’s THE THING and, of course, HALLOWEEN. (All those teen-stalker and NIGHTMARE ripoffs, though, don’t really do it for me — too much winking at the audience.) PONTYPOOL takes a more subtle tack to …

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