Youth In Revolt Review

Well, Michael Cera is making quite a career of being the quirky, sensitive nerd. Maybe too much of a career, in fact. You know how we’re all getting sick of seeing Will Ferrell over-saturating the comedy genre? Oh, you’re sick of him, you just don’t know it yet. Well, that’s the way Michael Cera is…

The Book of Eli Review

This one was a bit of a mind-bender. Was it an action movie? Allegorical religious drama? Science Fiction? A Mad Max/The Road/Fahrenheit 451 ripoff? Actually, yes to all of the above. The world has already ended. Again. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting tired of seeing the world end on screen. The…

Daybreakers Review

Yet another entry in the long line of vampire related movies being made recently.  Can we stop with the vampires already?  Let’s move on to some other monster, but not werewolves, because that’s about to happen anyway.  Maybe the Incredible Shrinking Man?  Mmm, no.  How about The Invisible Man?  Uuh, no, no.  Maybe Food of…

Legion Review

Awesome: a group of people hole up in a diner in the middle of the desert because it turns out God has sent an army of angels down to wipe out the human race, and one of these people is pregnant with a baby that will be humanity’s salvation.  It’s gonna be war, man, war…

Oscar 2010 Preview

Well, here we are again; it’s Oscar time!  It’s that time of year when the Academy rewards the best, most creative, most affecting, and certainly the best in the craft of film making of the past year.  Oh, wait, no, sorry, that’s what the Academy is SUPPOSED to do, however, this year, with the absurd…

Shine a Light on Buddy Guy

 As a long time fan of The Rolling Stones, I slipped Martin Scorsese’s “Shine a Light” concert/documentary into my DVD player, desperately wanting them to not suck. After all, rock and roll is thought of as a young man’s game, and their advancing age long ago became a stale topic for jokes. I was pleasantly…

That’s the Way it is Review

 Turner Classic Movies has recently restored the concert film/documentary “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is,” adding “lost” footage, and re-cutting the entire film. The new (2007) two-disc set includes the original DVD release augmented with the new, superior version and a few extras. The new film packs in more Presley by replacing fan footage of…

Rock, Johnny, Rock!

I’ve got a soft spot for low-budget, quickie rock and roll flicks that small studios rushed out to capitalize on the popularity of early rock and roll. Rock and roll music was seen as a fad until The Beatles legitimized it and, all these years later, its fun to look back on a time when…