Review: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

If you’ve never seen a Terry Gilliam film before, you’ll be baffled and likely frustrated by the storytelling style and visual exaggeration that are trademarks of his weird and wonderful movies.  A former member of the comedy team Monty Python, a peculiarly English sense of humor suffuses his films too, from Time Bandits to The Adventures of […]

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Review: A Serious Man

When does a dark satire about life transition into a marathon of bad luck and suffering by a hapless, spineless man?  Though I’m sure that’s not what the Coen Brothers intended when they created A Serious Man, that’s the experience I had when I watched the film. A Serious Man is about the trials and tribulations […]

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Review: The Lovely Bones

When someone is murdered, their spirit lingers on, observing and trying to influence the course of justice, a ghost seeking revenge or simply to experience the karmic balance that we hope will transpire. But what of the ghost during this period of time, what’s their experience and what if there is no peace, no justice, […]

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Review: The Spy Next Door

Modern writing is all about disclosure, so in that spirit, let me disclose that I’m a lukewarm Jackie Chan fan. He’s been in some terrific action and comedy films, notably Rush Hour and The Forbidden Kingdom, but he’s also been in a lot of dreck, movies that are just downright stupid, like the Rush Hour […]

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The Best Films of 2009

I’ve spent the time to rant about the films I saw last year that I thought were the worst of the bunch, not just middling experiences, but genuinely “how on Earth did they ever raise the money to make this abomination?” movies where they either started out okay and slowly collapsed on their own weight […]

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