Archive for March, 2007

A Guide to Returning Your Saints has a very odd and disparate collection of reviews attached to it. “The film’s strongest performances come from Chazz Palminteri, who avoids slipping into the gangster role into which he has been stereotyped; Channing Tatum, whose Antonio is equal parts charisma and violence; and Melonie Diaz, who’s a firebrand. […]

A comedy special trying to disguise itself as a film, Jesus Is Magic showcases the unique humor of comedienne Sarah Silverman, former SNL writer/performer. “Nazis are A-holes. And I’ll be the first to say it because I’m edgy.” “The best time to have a baby is when you’re a black teenager.” “I don’t care if […]

American Gun is a well-intentioned though not entirely successful film. Director Aric Avelino intertwines three separate stories into one narrative: the mother (Marcia Gay Harden) of a perpetrator of a Columbine-like school shooting and her son (Chris Marquette, Joan of Arcadia) struggle with the aftermath of that event; a principal (Forest Whitaker) of a Chicago […]

The advertising and promotion for this film really tried to convince me that Friends with Money was a typical the bonds of female friendship are stronger than relationships with men type of movie, but Nicole Holofcener’s third film is a decidedly depressing affair. Like her previous project Lovely & Amazing, Holofcener interweaves the day-to-day experiences […]

I admit that I have a bit of distance from the events of 9/11. Yes, I was living in the United States on September 11, 2001, I remember where I was when I heard, and I have been living in the US for the past 5 years. But I have never seen the footage of […]

Documentary films such as Jesus Camp preclude the need for horror films for anyone who espouses a political agenda anywhere left of neo-conservative. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s documentary about Evangelical children’s ministry offers a bad news insight for moderates and liberals, but also offers a fairly kind presentation of Evangelicals. I can understand that […]