Let me begin my review of Brothers by giving praise to the Danish film industry. Currently, no other nation on Earth exports, per capita, as many movies to the US as Denmark does. Indeed, while there might be more titles from France or Japan that get released here, the Danes could very well be the third top exporter, especially if… read more!
Movie Titles: B
One of several 2008 releases pushed back to 2009 for financial reasons, including Star Trek, The Soloist, The Road, and Harry Potter 6, The Brothers Bloom sneaks into theaters at perhaps the wrong time: the start of the summer blockbuster season. Well, perhaps the distributors were hoping for a counter-programming audience to show up. Rian Johnson's fanciful follow-up to his… read more!
After becoming a household name in the United States thanks to his 2006 feature Borat, British prankster Sacha Baron Cohen revives the third of his staple characters from his old Da Ali G Show - a flamingly gay idiot from Austria named Brüno - and sets him loose across the American landscape. The results are similar to Borat - Larry… read more!
If you hated Larry Clark's first film Kids, then you will hate Bully for those exact same reasons. I happened to like Kids, and I'm happy to see Clark return with his usual button-pushing gimmicks: sweaty sex, naked teenagers, pornographic language, physical brutality, and bucketfuls of drugs. Bully puts violence at the forefront, as it is based on actual recent… read more!
Buried is an exciting cinematic experiment, if not exactly an entertaining movie. The entire film takes place inside a small wooden coffin buried somewhere under the Iraq desert, where Ryan Reynolds, playing an American truck driver working under contract during the war, is being held for ransom by unknown kidnappers. Conveniently, he is supplied with a working cell phone as… read more!
This good but not great Coen Brothers outing has been underrated by many in the wake of their Oscar-winning No County for Old Men, but diehard fans of the Coens will probably enjoy this non-flashy dramedy, as the brothers serve up yet another tale of lunk-headed ordinary joes who turn to petty crime in order to score a little bit… read more!
For the uninitiated, Karl Rove, the subject of the documentary Bush's Brain, is George W. Bush's shadowy adviser whom many - including the authors of the eponymous book on which this film is based - consider to be something of a co-president, and in any event a brilliant, devious man who makes all the key decisions for his allegedly clueless… read more!
One of this teenage lesbian comedy's cast members, Melanie Lynskey, starred in my film Foreign Correspondents, and in fact she gave me this film's script (by Brian Wayne Peterson) to read the very night before she started work on it. Even then, I didn't care for it. As Mel's friend, my primary complaint was that her character wasn't given enough… read more!