Archive for February, 2009

I knew that RENT was in trouble from its first scene, a rendition of “Seasons Of Love” (whose chorus consists of singing “How about love?” a bunch of times) set in an empty theater. Note to director Chris Columbus: the goal of making a musical film is not to duplicate the experience of watching a […]

Like Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Jesus Camp or Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen, Kids is one of those movies free of monsters, blood, and gore that is absolutely terrifying. In fact, Kids is like the Thirteen of the last decade, a wake-up call to youth and adults alike of how some adolescents lead their lives. These […]

Some initial thoughts about the pilot: It didn’t seem very piloty. I tend to think a pilot’s purpose is to establish the characters and the environment that make up the core of the show. This episode was mainly client-based and took place outside of the Dollhouse for the most part. The kidnapping plot functioned well […]

I don’t trust FOX. Over the years, FOX has canned some of my favorite shows (Arrested Development, Wonderfalls), shows that I really enjoyed (The Inside, Firefly), and shows that had a lot of potential (Drive, Undeclared). For the first time in five years, Joss Whedon is going to have a series on television. Dollhouse, starring […]

More screaming


Do you remember that scream I was talking about? Well, here it is again, part of it anyway, in Kids. (Just as a warning, this clip contains graphic violence.)

I couldn’t do it. I made it to 1:26 and I had to stop it. I was annoyed, repulsed, and just plain bored. Of course, the film is a beautifully rendered, completely unique blend of film and graphic novel, and I thought that I could watch all 126 minutes of Sin City just to see […]

Based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl attempts to explore the relationships between Henry VIII and two sisters: Anne Boleyn, whom he married, and her sister Mary, with whom Henry had an affair while he was married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. As a historical drama, the film doesn’t […]

Buffy was all about the season finales with its season premieres often turning out a little lackluster. Not so in the case of “When She Was Bad,” which is not only far from lackluster but is one of the best episodes of the series, in my opinion, and one of my favorites. Season one was…cute. […]

I admit it: I read The Da Vinci Code. However, I did not enjoy The Da Vinci Code. As he does with Deception Point as well, Dan Brown proves himself to be an author of detailed research. While I found the subject of his research in The Da Vinci Code more fascinating, its presentation frustrated […]

Naming screams


I’m trying to identify a scream. I’m sure you’ve heard it before. If you’ve ever gone trick-or-treating or to a cheesy haunted house, it has probably been playing on the tape of scary noises that someone picked up at the dollar store. You know, this one: I pulled that sound clip from the Buffy episode […]