Monday, February 27, 2006

Review – Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Cheesecake aside, the only attraction this production has to offer is an endless parade of references to other movies. The nods and homage fly fast and furious, including tributes to just about everything from Boogie Nights to Singin’ in the Rain. Sadly, it’s just not enough to make a feature-length movie entertaining all by itself. And the rest of the show is fluffy silliness punctuated by cheap fight sequences. See if desperate

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Review – Demolition Man

Sylvester Stallone plays a 20th century cop awakened from cryogenic storage midway through the 21st century to stop his unfrozen former nemesis (Wesley Snipes) from destroying the peaceful, harmonious world of tomorrow. The sole attraction here are the “clever” jokes about future shock, such as the wall-mounted boxes that issue citations every time someone utters even mild profanity. Beyond that, this is nothing but an exceptionally mediocre action movie. Mildly amusing

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Review – Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Tall, lean, lanky Raymond Massey was born to play the title role in this picture. Every imaginable threadbare cliché gets worked into the screenplay for this biography of Lincoln’s early years. Every line of dialogue is delivered in the stiff, hushed sanctimony usually reserved for church services. Overall this brings me mindful of the remark in Amadeus about lofty-sounding characters. Mildly amusing.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Review – Brokeback Mountain

Several years ago I recall seeing Desert Hearts, a western about lesbians. That production didn’t make anywhere near the noise this one did. Of course Ang Lee didn’t direct Desert Hearts, nor did it star Heath Ledger or Jake Gylenhall. But the real hook here is the open exploration of the gay underpinnings of one of the most ultra-macho genres around. The concept had some potential. But aside from the novelty of the theme this is an extremely boring movie. Even the landscapes, which should have been consistently breathtaking, are only rarely put to good use. Throw in the de rigeur animal suffering, and this is by far the worst of the best picture contenders this year. See if desperate