Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


How on God's green earth have I never encountered Mo'Nique before? Holy moley.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Me and Orson Welles

Efron is probably the most beautiful boy in the world. Funny thing, though. He can act.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Ten years ago I would not have pegged Jolie as an action star. She's besting Weaver at this point.

The Other Guys

Best part of the film? The ending graphics detailing Ponzi schemes, bailouts and bonuses.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shrek Forever After

What I most appreciate is that nobody questions why Fiona is in charge of the ogre camp.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Season 1

Don't be put off by the title or the fact it's a kid's animation. Pretty darn grown-up in terms of story and style.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Speed up Xenophilius Lovegood drawing the glyph and you have enough time to add in the good-bye scene with Dudley.


Props to the writers for handling the comic's complexity, but longer than 88 minutes would have been advisable.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blood Diamond

Glad I only have a chip. Although I'm guessing sapphires are mined and distributed in the same conditions.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010


The whole Mayan-calendar-end-of-the-world thing is false, so that pretty much invalidates your film, Mr. Emmerich.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Please Give

Even more poignant and relevant than Friends With Money. With an even better final punchline.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Stealing Home

50s white bread living. Sexy underwear. Oh, and Harmon and Ramis singing "Poison Ivy."

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Solid comic book adaptation. Malkovich should do more of these; nigh on perfect fit.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Stargate: Atlantis: Season 4

Ha! Love episodes like "Trio". Funny that they did a MacGyver-esque episode after SG-1 ends.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

OK, they're kitty-cats! No, wait, they're bees! No, wait, they're... anything we want them to be.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Modern Family: Season 1

This is probably the closest we'll get to another Arrested Development. I'm half okay with that.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Eastwood may be a marvel overall, but his dry, spare style doesn't suit emotional, inspirational stories.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stargate: Atlantis: Season 3

I'm not sure why it took me 3 seasons to appreciate McKay. Pretty tough acting the part of an insufferable, yet endearing, character.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


As ebullient and effusive and entrancing as any Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, but the plot felt more fly-away than usual. (Original title: Micmacs à Tire-Larigot)

Sunday, October 10, 2010


It's not "Secrets & Lies" but watching a Mike Leigh film is always a jaw-dropping event.

Friday, October 8, 2010

An Education

Strange ending. The redeeming quality is the subtle portrayal of all types of women of the times.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Guild: Season 4

I can't decide whether the painting or the proposal is the best part of this season. Wait, it was the pirates!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Black Hole

It had me from the overture. (Really? An overture?? Oh, that's right, it's a musical.)

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Stumbled on this amazing little fable. Don't be deceived by its indie cred, it's up there with the big boys.

Chuck: Season 1

Zachary Levi is probably the celebrity I'd like least to have dinner with, even though he's probably the most like me.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Star Trek: Season 2 (restored)

"The Doomsday Machine", "I, Mudd" and "Trouble with Tribbles"? The second season may end up being my favorite.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friends: Season 9

It's been slowly dawning on me that Matt LeBlanc actually is the best actor of the bunch. And I don't think anyone on the show is a slouch.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Doctor Who (new): Season 1

Wow. That went from lukewarm to phenomenal in the space of 3 episodes. Game show from hell just came outta nowhere.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

...Unfortunately, the ending comes to a crashing halt with the reveal of a character who was obviously suspicious from the beginning. (Great visuals, though.)

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980

...But perhaps they were setting us up for this one, which is really all about corruption and happens to have the Yorkshire Ripper as a focal point...

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974

Some introduction to past events would have been helpful for us foreigners...

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Guild: Season 3

Nice to see Wil Wheaton, as wooden an actor as he is. And if you haven't watched "(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar," where've you been?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Young Victoria

A surprisingly rote telling of the fortunes of the young Queen, and yet also surprisingly engaging. (Keep your ears peeled, you'll need them.)

Event Horizon

That was... terrible. As only a bad sci-fi movie can be terrible: all plot, no point.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Losers

Much better. What a comic book adaptation should be: knows it's a ridiculous conceit to begin with and covers up for it by being clever.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Messenger

Ben Foster should get every part he's ever wanted. He has to be a producer's dream.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


No, you see, you make a movie that's both moral and amoral and it's like slapping the dog and petting it at the same time.

Green Zone

Production design question: How do you green screen a Spanish city to create the Republican Palace? Even if it's a matte painting, how do you stitch it in?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

North Face

Wins the award for most relevant soundtrack: pitons being driven into a mountainside. (Original title: Nordwand)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Doctor Who: Season 6

It certainly took a long time to reach the explanation of the Doctor's absence from his homeworld and fear of his own people.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

If you haven't read the comic books, you'll likely love the movie. If you have read the comic books, this might be a little less fun, since it's pretty much the comics on screen.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Guild: Season 2

Currently, Felicia Day tops my list of people I'd most like to have dinner with. (Mathematician, violinist, gamer, book reviewer and actress? Duh.)

Peep Show: Season 1

Friends guaranteed belly laughs. Not so much. Definitely odd, though.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Friday Night Lights: Season 4

It may be soap opera, but it's downright spot-on soap opera. Heck, the characters even talk over each other.

Stargate: Continuum

Just the saddest thing in the world, seeing Carter, Mitchell and Jackson being given "regular" lives.

Stargate: The Ark of Truth

I'll admit to a very large "WHAT?" when those little buggers appeared on the Odyssey.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stargate SG-1: Season 10

Somewhere in season 10, some corporal says "We have the weirdest job ever." I'd like to commend SG-1 on its weirdness, and I look forward to more in Atlantis and Universe.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stargate SG-1: Season 8

Sorry, guys, tired of your on-again, off-again attempts at a romantic relationship between O'Neill and Carter.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Always I will be impressed when the resolution of a film's theme comes down to its final few seconds. (Although I expect the writer started with those final few seconds.)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Probably the most detached film I've ever seen. Read: detached = devoid of life and soul.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mary and Max

Goldfish coming to sad, sudden ends, more than one explanation for how babies are made, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the voice of Max. This could not be any better of a film.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Such a good beginning, then it falls apart after the realistic decay scene.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MI-5: Season 7

Oh, disappointed. Those last 2 episodes could have been a little less in-your-face obvious, no? (Original title: Spooks)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Stargate SG-1: Season 7

More and more intriguing. I hope there are more episodes like "Heroes"-- why can't Andy Mikita and Robert C. Cooper pull these out of their hats more often?

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Crazies

Inappropriate to say "damn good remake" since I never saw the original, so how about "damn good creepy horror film"?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

V (1983 mini-series)

The best part of this abysmal series is the marching band playing an out-of-tune Star Wars theme on arrival of the aliens to Podunk, U.S.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sita Sings the Blues

Reminded me of Moulin Rouge a bit, in regards to the overabundance of visual styles, colors and sounds you'll experience.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Party Down: Season 2

Steve Guttenberg's birthday? Best of the batch this year.

Toy Story 3

I didn't get truly geeked about version 3 until the final escape sequence, so that doesn't put it at the top of my Pixar list. Worthy successor, however.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Shutter Island

Within the first 5 minutes, I knew it would be overlong, not tension-filled, and a big cheat. Which isn't all bad, but just not worth the time.

Youth in Revolt

Oddly stilted dialogue, but not styled to best effect. See "Brick" instead.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sex and the City 2

Here's the next movie: "Sex and the City 3: The Girls Help the Poor." Wouldn't that be a breath of fresh air?

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Stick a bunch of people in a situation there's no getting out of, and you have a film about the human condition. There are others, but this one is at the top.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Far, far better would have been to make a 2.5 hour documentary, comprised of the entire last episode and smatterings of the previous five.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Gay Divorcee

If I were Ginger Rogers, I'd hate those costumes. So hot in all that foofera, you can't see her feet, and didn't they make her trip?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Glee: Season 1, Volume 2

I am certain Kurt's dad has done more for gay rights than any other TV or movie character. Ever.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Secret in Their Eyes

Formalistic, but certainly not formulaic. Best thriller I've seen all year, or even last year. (Original title: El Secreto de Sus Ojos)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Blind Side

Yes, it was a tearjerker. Yes, it was a comedy. Yes, it was elevated by Bullock.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Serious Man

This IS about fate, right? What else could those final two scenes be saying?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

House M.D.: Season 6

Surprised they focused even one episode on someone other than House, but I wish they'd do that again. (Even if I understand insurance less than before watching it.)

24: Season 8

Most of all, I'm going to miss Gregory Itzin as Iago, oops, wrong drama, as President Charles Logan.

Lost: Season 6

The last Lost had enough of a lasting impression to make me lose sleep.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The X Files: Season 9

I know this was the granddaddy of modern sci-fi shows, and I don't know if I'd call it dated at this point, but can I call it contrived?

Monday, May 17, 2010


Superior concept, but did we have to go the buckets o' blood way? (Literally, in some scenes they were flinging it by the pailful.)


There is an egregious lack of actors who can show emotions on their face and not look like clowns doing it. Romola Garai is one of them.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Iron Man 2

Pride goeth? Some surprisingly awful lines, a sad-sack of a Stark for the first 2/3 of the flick, and what was with Sam Rockwell's orange hands?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Inglourious Basterds

It would seem that this is simply an exercise in creating tension within a scene. Otherwise, hasn't it all been done before?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The moral of the story is: let wild animals be wild? Or is it: understand your own nature? Or perhaps: humans kinda suck?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cold Souls

Doesn't even matter if it's existential noodling, Paul Giamatti is consistently engaging.

This Is It

Surprisingly, I think this flick gives you a sense of M.J. the person.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Felicity: Season 4

I'm going to guess that some folks hated how Abrams ended this show, but I think it's prescient of his later work.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

At least the alligator-eye view was entertaining. Far more Herzog-like than the rest of the flick.

Deadwood: Season 2

Actually, the oddest character is Bullock. He is the very definition of wishy-washy.

Friday, April 9, 2010


I really don't know where to begin: awful plotting, ridiculous nudity, historical drama without the history, characters you cannot empathize with...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Stupid and silly are all well and good, but you need to make people care about all the stupid silliness.

Friday, April 2, 2010

All Creatures Great and Small: Season 7

Frankly, I'm glad it's over. Although I will miss Robert Hardy playing Siegfried Farnon with vim and vigor.

All Creatures Great and Small: Season 6

I'd bet that the real reason this show was so popular was to see actors sticking their hands up cows.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The X Files: Season 8

I'm sorry, are you kidding me with your over-the-top, way-too-obvious Christianity references?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Informant!

To say anything about this film is to give away the reveal. Just watch it for Matt Damon's incredible performance.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Everybody's Fine

Elements of truth that hit home. Enough to create a movie with? Not so much.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stargate SG-1: Season 3

I'm a bit confused. How are they able to push the envelope while using such tried and true stories? ("A Hundred Days"-- oy.)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Damned United

Understood maybe 14 words in the whole film, but working class England stole my heart. (Does it really always rain?)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Up in the Air

While there are many great things about this film, Vera Farmiga playing the male career stereotype (which I didn't see until after watching) was the most brilliant.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Stargate SG-1: Season 2

They surprise me with stuff like "Spirits" and "The Fifth Race" and then come out with groaners like "Holiday" and "1969." Be more consistent!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Why does every drama or romance or comedy have to redeem by teaching nowadays?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bright Star

The red-light-green-light scene trumps the rest of Jane Campion's thoughtful direction and heartfelt script.

Stargate SG-1: Season 1

Michael Shanks vs. Ben Browder? Can't wait for season 8.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010


What a fascinating profession, casketing. And, oh, so very Japanese. (Original title: Okuribito)

The Hurt Locker

Hubby thinks this is about futility. I think it's about addiction. It's safe to assume we're both right.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Cons: the editing, the sound, the abysmal acting, the confusing final sequence. Pros: original graphic novel drawn by a pal.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Proposal

Recipe: basic guy-meets-girl base, peppered with clever lines and shaken between two comedians. Plus: a large dose of hot sauce for Bullock taking it all off.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

In the Loop

"At the end of a war, you need some soldiers left, really, or else it looks like you've lost." If I were Gandolfini, I would have paid to deliver that line.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Brothers Bloom

First half hour: delicious, actorly tics. Rest of film: the fatal mistake of getting too serious.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Bill Murray is, now, officially the funniest man alive.

A Single Man

I wish I hadn't known who Tom Ford was prior to watching the film. (Colin Firth is pretty stellar, though.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dollhouse: Season 2

Why couldn't you have hired your brother and sister-in-law for the entire show? What, they were too expensive?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Cool. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek. Geek.

Friday, January 22, 2010

30 Days of Night

Takes only 30 minutes to kill everyone in town, but takes 45 minutes to wonder whether they're vampires? What, they've never watched a horror movie in Barrow, AK?

Monsters vs. Aliens

Even an animated Stephen Colbert playing the Axel F theme is hysterical.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

(500) Days of Summer

Unique take on the shopworn true-romance tale. Ultra-strong performances, but that last shot? Why?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It Might Get Loud

There's no way to not have Jack White look like the young, inexperienced, nervous punk.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Black Hawk Down

What young-ish male actor is NOT in this film? McGregor, Piven, Bloom, Hartnett, Dancy, Gruffudd, Bana, and on and on...


Schrödinger's cat t-shirt on the girl? Nice touch. (First 45 minutes are kind of a slog, bear with it.) (Original title: Los Cronocrímenes)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dexter: Season 3

No-- Deb and Quinn, not Deb and Anton. Although, I suppose Quinn is a bit too orange for good taste.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Without Name

Sweet, romantic stuff. With more than a little dash of violence. (Original title: Sin Nombre)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Avatar (in 3D)

Someone hired a biology consultant. Not so sure about a geology consultant. (Would have been way cooler in IMAX, but the projector broke.)

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Savages

"Mr. Savage, what's the difference between plot and narrative?" Good question.