Movie Review: Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book”

When I contemplate the review of a movie, the first thing I have to get straight in my mind is: How can I let the reader know something of the film so that they can form an opinion without telling the story and giving away too much? The movie begins and ends with Rachel Stein…

The Happening: Unintentionally Hilarious

When you watch the newly released movie “The Happening,” you will hear one sound and visualize one picture in your head. The sound is M Night Shyamalan’s career hitting the ground with a thud not unlike when the construction workers smash against the ground in the first few minutes. The visual is a few studio…

Movie review – DIRTY PRETTY THINGS

(2002, Miramax Studios) Dirty Pretty Things <=====> Code 46 I had intended to juxtapose these movies because of the ethical emotions both films evoke. Essentially they’re creepy movies. But I’m just reviewing Dirty Pretty Things because it is an excellent movie and clearly the better of the two, but I enjoyed them both. Okwe (Chiwetel…

Not About the Sex and the City is Incidental

Someone told me that she thought SATC was overrated. Her reasoning was that 40 something year old women having sex wasn’t interesting or controversial. I feel like she has missed the point. The movie had precious little sex in it. For me, the movie, the series and the book were about near mythical true friendships…

Pineapple Express 8.08.08

I think Hollywood should make more stoner films. They are almost always funny and even potheads like making fun of potheads. If there are any producers reading this, I wrote a couple of screenplays in the action/stoner genre and, as soon as I remember where I put them, I’ll let you see them. This is…

Batman Movie = Oscar Madness

We all know that The Dark Knight is not going to win Best Picture. It may win some technical awards – just none of the biggies. There will be too many movies where some asshole learns something about himself to let a good movie like Batman take the big prize. But it is still going…