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The Glimmer Man

November 30, 2003

 The Glimmer Man

Ahh, Steven Seagal, aka, ‘The Portly One’, how I love you! How much pleasure have I derived from your films over the years? Oh trembling hand let me respond! Too much! Thou art a God! On the other hand… How much of my life have I wasted... 

X-Men 1.5

November 29, 2003

 X-Men 1.5

If Batman and Robin (1997) didn’t nearly kill off the comic book super hero film, it did a great job of reducing the genre, in the public’s eye, to the stuff of silly camp. After such an embarrassingly awful effort, the only way to go was self-parody... 

Tron

November 28, 2003

 Tron

When Tron came out in 1982, it was intended to be a visually stunning parable against the powers of computers and technology. More than twenty years later, the movie plays more like a nostalgic ode to the early 1980s, than a simple good vs. evil morality... 

Road to Perdition

November 27, 2003

 Road to Perdition

Road To Perdition is a curious beast. It’s polished, poetic and, in some scenes, pretty darn exceptional. It won an Oscar for the late Conrad Hall’s drop dead gorgeous cinematography and the critics lapped it up, even if the public were divided.... 

The Eye (Jian gui)

November 25, 2003

 The Eye (Jian gui)

Japanese cinema is fast becoming the benchmark for modern horror, what with The Ring movies and this little oddity from the directors of the ultra violent assassin thriller Bangkok Dangerous. The Eye, though perhaps not quite on the same level after close... 

Equilibrium

November 24, 2003

 Equilibrium

In the near future after WWIII, the powers that be decide the only way the human race can survive is by the curbing of all emotions thus quelling man’s violent warmongering. To this end all citizens are on a mandatory self administered drug intake,... 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

November 23, 2003

 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

After more than twenty years of failed attempts and missed opportunities, Terry Gilliam has done what many thought impossible — he fully and faithfully realized Hunter S. Thompson’s classic novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, into a wonderfully... 

The Ring

November 23, 2003

 The Ring

If you’ve seen the Japanese original, you might automatically turn your nose up at the mere hint of a Hollywood remake, but take a step back and judge this baby on its own terms. A huge box office hit in America last year, The Ring is A) genuinely... 

The Devil Rides Out

November 21, 2003

 The Devil Rides Out

Released in 1968, The Devil Rides Out (aka The Devil’s Bride — the US title) is a classic Hammer horror film. It contains many of the elements that made this British studio famous: Christopher Lee’s top notch acting, Terence Fisher’s... 

xXx

November 19, 2003

 xXx

“From the makers of The Fast & the Furious”. Those words instilled fear in me that xXx was going to be one of the worst films I had ever seen, for the testosterone charged excuse for a film that was Fast & the Furious gave the word... 

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