Thursday, December 30, 2004

Movie: Meet the Fockers

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 4:00 AM

***
Our Rating: 3.00 Take the best parts of Look Who's Talking, The Birdcage, About Schmidt and Grumpy Old Men and you get an idea of the kitschy cuteness that's drawing the masses to this sequel to Meet the Parents (2000). Also directed by Jay Roach, Meet the Fockers finds its...

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AMBITIOUS MINDS

Movie: Overnight

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 4:00 AM

***1/2
Our Rating: 3.50 To a media junkie of the early 21st century, nothing's as satisfying as witnessing the comeuppance of a wunderkind who acts as if instant gratification is his just due. Though that quasi-sadistic impulse fits the textbook definition of another German term, schadenfreude, it's a trait we seem...

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Movie: Meet the Fockers

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 4:00 AM

***
Our Rating: 3.00 Take the best parts of Look Who's Talking, The Birdcage, About Schmidt and Grumpy Old Men and you get an idea of the kitschy cuteness that's drawing the masses to this sequel to Meet the Parents (2000). Also directed by Jay Roach, Meet the Fockers finds its...

Continue reading »

AMBITIOUS MINDS

Movie: Overnight

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 4:00 AM

***1/2
Our Rating: 3.50 To a media junkie of the early 21st century, nothing's as satisfying as witnessing the comeuppance of a wunderkind who acts as if instant gratification is his just due. Though that quasi-sadistic impulse fits the textbook definition of another German term, schadenfreude, it's a trait we seem...

Continue reading »

Movie: Meet the Fockers

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 4:00 AM

***
Our Rating: 3.00 Take the best parts of Look Who's Talking, The Birdcage, About Schmidt and Grumpy Old Men and you get an idea of the kitschy cuteness that's drawing the masses to this sequel to Meet the Parents (2000). Also directed by Jay Roach, Meet the Fockers finds its...

Continue reading »

AMBITIOUS MINDS

Movie: Overnight

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 4:00 AM

***1/2
Our Rating: 3.50 To a media junkie of the early 21st century, nothing's as satisfying as witnessing the comeuppance of a wunderkind who acts as if instant gratification is his just due. Though that quasi-sadistic impulse fits the textbook definition of another German term, schadenfreude, it's a trait we seem...

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

PALMING OFF THE PILOT

Movie: The Aviator

Posted on Thu, Dec 23, 2004 at 4:00 AM

**1/2
Our Rating: 2.50 Martin Scorsese hasn't crafted a thematically viable string of images since 1997's Kundun nor a dramatically satisfying narrative since 1995's Casino. He's in a sort of visually innovative rut, making films one admires but has a hard time caring about. Surface beautiful as all get-out, The Aviator...

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SPLISH, SPLASH MISHMASH

Movie: Beyond the Sea

Posted on Thu, Dec 23, 2004 at 4:00 AM

**1/2
Our Rating: 2.50 Director/co-writer/star Kevin Spacey's filmed biography of singer Bobby Darin proves how often the phrases "labor of love" and "spectacularly wrong" can intersect. You can't doubt Spacey's enthusiasm for paying tribute to a talent that he obviously feels is worthy of lionization alongside Sinatra and Presley. But every...

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Movie: Flight of the Phoenix

Posted on Thu, Dec 23, 2004 at 4:00 AM

*
Our Rating: 1.00 The best part of Flight of the Phoenix is the sandstorm that spectacularly sucks down a cargo plane somewhere over the Gobi dessert in Mongolia, maneuvering the powerful silver liner in and out of the shifting sands like a holy worm in Dune. That's the first 20...

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Review - A John Waters Christmas

Artist: Various Artists

Posted on Thu, Dec 23, 2004 at 4:00 AM

A John Waters Christmas Label: New Line Media: CD Format: Album WorkNameSort: A John Waters Christmas I swore to myself that I wouldn't do the obligatory Christmas CD roundup this year. I did it last year and it was boring. Yet, when this collection of Christmas music compiled by John...

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