Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Rest Stop (2006)

Direct-to-video thriller starts out as a nifty exploitation version of The Vanishing but runs out of ideas and sinks into inanities cribbed from The Shining.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Silent Hill (2006)

I Have No Mouth And I Must Yawn

Monday, January 29, 2007

Spirited Away (2002)

This cartoon is Heavy.

The King (2006)

Over the past few years a number of American films have tried to invoke the early '70s stylistically while tackling adult or taboo subject matter - I'm thinking of Monster's Ball, In the Bedroom, Blue Car, Edward Norton's Down In The Valley .

Blue Car is terrific, but The King is the one that gets everything right.


Black Moon Rising (1986)

Mildly-diverting drive-in nonsense written by John Carpenter, with Bubba Smith and Lee Ving (!) in supporting roles, and Tommy Lee Jones doing his thing - he's like Joe Don Baker's gentler younger brother, the one you could have a beer with without ending up dead. Maybe.

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Break Up (2006)

The Break Up is like Stripes without the Army stuff.

It's like the first ten minutes of Stripes stretched to feature length.

Thursday, January 25, 2007