Archive for November, 2009

New Review: Zombieland

Posted in Review with tags , , , on November 27, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

Zombieland, the new zombie-comedy by Ruben Fleisher, aims to add deliberate laughs to the zombie corner of the horror universe.  Instead of pulling of this tricky balancing act (like Shaun of the Dean or the original Dawn of the Dead), Zombieland feels more like an elaborate video game narrated by the guy from “Scrubs.”
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New Review: 2012

Posted in Review with tags , , on November 24, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

There is something comforting and familiar about 2012.  For a film about the complete destruction of the Earth’s crust and mankind’s near-extinction, it is very sentimental.  You could say that Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) is the Normal Rockwell of apocalypse movies. Continue reading

New Classic: Seven

Posted in JAGP, New Classic with tags , on November 19, 2009 by Jared Parmenter


The mid 90’s and early 2000’s were awash in the now cliche, obsessive-detectives-stalking-the-psycho-killer genre. Replete with repetitive story lines, celebrity junkie psychopaths, and the same hard-boiled grimace stamped on the face of every detective with a tender spot for Sam Spade impersonations, the genre surged in popularity during the dark renaissance inspired by the same culture which gave birth to grunge music. David Fincher’s Seven (or, for the typographically anal, Se7en) was certainly not the first, nor was it the last, of this particular niche of crime drama, but within the endlessly recycled mediocrity which has since worked its way almost exclusively onto direct-to-DVD labels, it managed to break new ground with its bold, bleak vision of contemporary culture and an intricate plot so original its twists and turns still resonate today.
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New Classic: Batman (1989)

Posted in New Classic with tags , , , , on November 16, 2009 by sdoob

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There are few Tim Burton films left I can tolerate.  In chronological order: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, maybe Beetlejuice, Batman, maybe Batman Returns, and Ed Wood.  I guess that’s pretty many.  Sweeney Todd was surprisingly decent, I must admit.    Continue reading

New Classic: King of New York

Posted in New Classic with tags , , on November 13, 2009 by hgish

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“My emotions are dead.”  So says Christopher Walken’s gangster and New York City drug kingpin Frank White, recently released from prison and eager to revitalize his life of crime and vice, at the beginning of Abel Ferrara’s 1990 film King of New YorkContinue reading

Review: Pirate Radio

Posted in Review on November 10, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

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I really wanted to hate Pirate Radio.  Another period flick about how in the 60’s the music was great and people stuck it to the Man?  But on a boat!
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New Classic: Adaptation

Posted in JAGP, New Classic with tags , , , on November 5, 2009 by Jared Parmenter

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I’m a sucker for films that muck around with traditional storytelling motifs. It’s not that I have anything against traditional three-act, beginning-middle-end narratives, but sometimes they can just get so droll and boring. I love a filmmaker / screenwriter who’s willing to take some risks and fool around with the audience’s expectations to produce a plot that breaks outside the bounds of the archetypal Hollywood film. Thank God for Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman.
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