Taken Review

About six weeks ago I was sitting in a theatre, waiting patiently for “Punisher: War Zone” to begin…and of course by “waiting patiently” I mean “rocking back and forth in my seat, rubbing the skull on my shirt while gleefully anticipating the carnage to come”. The lights went down, the trailers kicked in, and I…

The Summer of Hate Part I

    Hi, I’m Mike S., and I’m a blockbusterholic. I’ve been a blockbusterholic since I was a much younger man. It didn’t matter what was playing; once the calendar changed and the weather warmed up you knew where to find me: back row of the theater, popcorn in hand, waiting to escape from the…

The Summer of Hate Part II

  This is continued from Part I. 3. People in a theater behave like complete and total dicks Three fifteen to eighteen-year-olds whispering for ninety minutes that Wolverine is a fag. Five children in their early twenties talking and texting during “Terminator: Salvation” as if they were in the goddamn food court. A posse of…

Seeing the Light

Aahh, film-the French called it “Radio For The Eyes.” We in America call it “A Diversion From The Fact That Gas Now Costs More Than A Faberge Egg Filled With Movie Popcorn.” And with a diversion this important, venue is a huge consideration. Who among you hasn’t regretted purchasing a ticket for a movie at…

Religulous Review

    The title of the film “Religulous” is a made-up word, a hybrid of “religion” and “ridiculous.” Essentially, “Religulous” is ridiculous without the “dick” – although with Bill Maher involved, there’s still plenty of dick to go around. The comedian/HBO host/novelist/squire of incredibly hot minority women adds documentarian to his list of titles with…

Dammit, Mamet!

Saw the new movie “Redbelt,” and it was a snooze. It takes a different approach to the martial arts genre, in that it goes the whole philosophical, there-is-honor-in-what-we-do, competition-is-weakness route. Even as a guy fascinated by the concept of discipline and honor in fighting, I say blah– it’s a movie– let’s see somebody get kicked…

Hancock Review

It was right there all along, a story waiting to be written. Sure, plenty of comics and movies have covered the reluctant superhero, a guy who is more or less forced to use his powers for the greater good, to transcend his normalcy and reach heights he never imagined he was capable of. Everybody from…