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Roman Holiday
March 5, 2007 – 6:08 AM | No Comment

I really never got the big whoop about Audrey Hepburn. Now I get the big whoop about Audrey Hepburn.

Road to Perdition
March 5, 2007 – 6:08 AM | No Comment

I would have given this movie an A-minus, but the framing voice-over busts it down to a flat B. Why do filmmakers DO that? We don’t NEED it! Leave some goddamn ambiguity; let us feel …

March 5, 2007 – 6:07 AM | No Comment

It isn’t as creepy as the American remake, but it holds together a lot better when you think back on it, because it doesn’t feel bound to explain every little thing; it lets you assume …

The Ring
March 5, 2007 – 6:07 AM | No Comment

The movie doesn’t make any kind of sense, and yet I spent the next 24 hours creeped out beyond belief. The “killer video” itself is so incredibly unsettling, and the tinny music on it…[shudder]. I …

Return of the Dragon
March 5, 2007 – 6:06 AM | No Comment

Slower than I’d like — it’s nearly half an hour before there’s fight contact of any kind — and horribly stagy, but still worth watching, for three reasons: 1) the wardrobe, which is ’73 to …

The Ref
March 5, 2007 – 6:05 AM | No Comment

It took a little while to get going, and certain payoffs weren’t quite earned, but I really liked the kid and I really liked Judy Davis; I don’t think her character was written with as …

March 5, 2007 – 6:05 AM | No Comment

It’s probably really wrong that 1) Jeffrey Combs reminds me of Stephen Colbert and 2) that’s part of why I loved the movie, but hey, I gotta be me. Plus the pervy zombie head is …

March 5, 2007 – 6:04 AM | No Comment

I like Jamie Foxx a lot, and this is impressive work, especially the singing; he’s getting the Oscar for sure. But the movie pointed up the problem with all bio-pics, which is that the movie …

Queens Logic
March 5, 2007 – 6:04 AM | No Comment

No movie with a scene in which John Malkovich 1) gets pelted with fish, then 2) disses Terry Kinney can be all bad, but this one is pretty damn bad. It’s derivative, it tries too …

Quarterback Princess
March 5, 2007 – 6:03 AM | No Comment

Words cannot describe how much I loved this movie as a kid; I probably watched it twenty times, and it always gave me that “FUCK yeah!” feeling in my stomach. Well, I watched it again, …