Speed Racer Review

Speed Racer has two speeds. Too slow and too fast. If ever there was a movie that should be around an hour and a half, it’s “Speed Racer.” It is however, a two and a half hour computer generated eye punch that will leave your head spinning and seeing only pastels. Then it slows down…

The Spirit Review

I am a huge fan of Frank Miller’s comic book work, from “Daredevil” to “Dark Knight”, to “Sin City”. He’s a visionary comic book writer and artist. But unless Robert Rodriguez is around and not making stupid movies for his kids, Frank Miller should stay away from filmmaking. “The Spirit” is based on the Will…

Remembering Stan Winston

To put it simply, Stan Winston was a genius. He was often an unsung hero, a behind the scenes magician who brought things to life. Things that only existed in the imagination. I had two projects in development at Stan’s production studio. I only met Stan a few times briefly, but he was warm and…

Observe and Report Review

This movie was quite a surprise. Mainly because it was two things I did not expect it to be: Really dark, and more importantly, really funny. Mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogan) is called into action to stop a flasher terrorizing the mall. But as the movie progresses, we see that Ronnie has a…

Madagascar: Back 2 Africa Review

I took my three year old daughter with me to see “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”. She sat through the whole thing without fidgeting, so that’s a ringing endorsement from the three year old set. Me, however, I was fidgeting a bit. “Madagascar 2” is about Ben Stiller’s character, Alex, a gay dancing lion who unexpectedly…

Inkheart Review

Brendan Fraser needs an intervention. Seriously. I like the guy. If I knew him personally I would get a few good actors together and when he came through the door and said “What’s going on?” we would lock the door and tell him he’s not allowed to be in shitty movies for at least 24…

King of Kong Review

“King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” is an amazing documentary. Some documentaries educate, inform and expose and some propagandize. Very few transcend their subject matter, and “King of Kong” does. In 2003, 35 year old family man Steve Wiebe, (pronounced WEEBEE) after losing his job at Boeing, found some comfort in playing Donkey Kong…

Batman: Gotham Knight DVD Review

Stealthily making its way into stores and video rental houses is the “Animatrix” inspired take on Batman. Not too much hype, as Batman’s bigger cousin, “The Dark Knight” is getting all the attention. But hey, don’t forget this interesting though imperfect stepchild. It’s worth your time. Supposedly bridging the gap between Christopher Nolan’s two Batman…

Get Smart Review

The question on everyone’s mind is: Is this movie better than the “The Nude Bomb”? Okay, maybe that’s the question on no one’s mind. But yes, it is, in case you were wondering. It’s also even better than that horrible Andy Dick/”New Get Smart” show that lasted about two episodes. “Get Smart” basically takes the…