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Assault on Precinct 13

November 23, 2005

 Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13 (2004) is a remake of John Carpenter’s no frills cult classic (which was a remake of Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo) but with a name cast and a CGI facelift. The results are a mixed bag. While competently filmed and ably acted by the... 

Scrubs: Season 1

November 23, 2005

 Scrubs: Season 1

Scrubs is a medical comedy about a group of new interns who are adjusting to the demands of working on the front lines of a busy hospital. There’s J.D. (Braff), the idealistic one who also narrates the show, Turk (Faison), the cocky surgical intern... 

Tru Calling: Season 1

November 22, 2005

 Tru Calling: Season 1

So you’re a co-star in one of the most successful TV shows of all time that’s just finished after seven years. Do you A) do your own spin-off series, or B) take the lead in a brand new project? For Buffy regular Eliza Dushku it seems taking... 

Burden of Dreams

November 19, 2005

 Burden of Dreams

Before George Hickenlooper showed the artistic hubris and madness that swirled around the making of Apocalypse Now (1979) in his documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991), and Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe showed how external forces... 

The Aviator

November 18, 2005

 The Aviator

For years, Martin Scorsese has been unfairly overlooked by the Academy Awards (GoodFellas losing out to Dances with Wolves?!). He is the perennial Hollywood outsider. In recent years, the veteran filmmaker seems to become aware of this slight and, like... 

The Godfather Part II

November 18, 2005

 The Godfather Part II

Fresh from the phenomenal success of the first Godfather film (1972), Francis Ford Coppola quickly followed it with Part II (1974), a sequel that many consider superior to its predecessor. However, over the years the two parts meld together so seamlessly... 

Cannibal Apocalypse

November 18, 2005

 Cannibal Apocalypse

Previously banned in the UK during the eighties, Cannibal Apocalypse falls into the exact sub-genre where it belongs – the video nasty. These fairly low budget, raw violence, horror flicks were popular all over the world and Cannibal Apocalypse... 

Team America – World Police: Uncensored and Unrated

November 16, 2005

 Team America – World Police: Uncensored and Unrated

Matt Stone and Trey Parker are among some of the most clever and most savage satirists working today. Every week on their crudely animated TV show, South Park, they skewer sacred cows like religion, politics and dominant figures in popular culture. Their... 

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

November 16, 2005

 Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Over the last few years children have been treated to the magical tales of Harry Potter through a series of blockbuster novels and movies, but now comes something for those children who found Potter a bit mainstream: a bleak, askew story of gothic proportions,... 

O.C. and Stiggs

November 15, 2005

 O.C. and Stiggs

After Popeye (1980), Robert Altman had effectively alienated himself from most of the Hollywood studios and took to adapting stage plays for the big screen through independent financing. In the early ‘80s, National Lampoon magazine published stories... 

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