Author: Max Messier

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

The song-and-dance numbers are out. The cheery sidekicks are nowhere to be seen. The predictable villains in black are nonexistent. This summer, Disney comes out with both guns blazing, literally, in its...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs

I have officially reached my quota for the year of talking animal movies. Dr. Dolittle 2 pushed me to the edge, and the animatronic animal flick Cats & Dogs has pushed right over it,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Shrek

Shrek

Computer animation's "WOW" factor bar has just bumped up another notch. Shrek, a fairy tale of sorts, is the raiser of that bar, giving us a tale that revolves around an ogre who makes...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

I don't expect much from Eddie Murphy these days. For the past four years, the gods of cinema--or the expansive payrolls of studio conglomerates--have allowed him to make one bad movie after another....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Treasure Island (1999)

Treasure Island (1999)

It's very refreshing, in today's overexposed and anti-climatic realm of moviemaking, that art still can exist in a medium such as film. It is very refreshing to know that there are still individuals on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spy Kids

Spy Kids

There are few respectable filmmakers in the world that would take on the difficult challenge of creating a children's movie. I don't mean those hack directors who just sit behind the camera and yell...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Undisputed

Undisputed

The last of his breed of filmmakers, Walter Hill is a prolific, old-school screenwriter/director who's worked in everything: sci-fi, westerns, musicals, noir thrillers, comedies, and action. Over the last couple decades, Hill has produced...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Black And White (1999)

Black And White (1999)

A very unique and brutal subculture exists in America these days. It's a strange juxtaposition of harsh street life and uber-materialistic greed tempered with a sense of justifiability from a code of unwritten ethics....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds

To watch a Steven Seagal film, one must fully suspend all disbelief. And to fully enjoy the audacity of Seagal, one must ignore all of the consequences associated with the following: Starting fistfights with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Get Carter (2000)

Get Carter (2000)

Forget Get Carter. Instead... get me a cup of coffee.What the hell has happened to all good American action movies? Did I unknowingly miss a meeting somewhere? When did all of the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Kid (2000)

The Kid (2000)

Remorse is a dangerous thing in the mind of a man. It can hold a person down, quell his dreams, suffocate innocence, and convert people into intolerable beasts. People often think that if...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Feardotcom

Feardotcom

After the first hour of the celluloid atrocity so cleverly named FearDotCom, I awoke from a dreadful nightmare: a nightmare chock full of bad acting, goofy makeup, a ridiculous story, and blatant plot thievery from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Men of Honor

Men of Honor

Diving movies rule!I just can't seem to get enough of the thrill of the being submerged in hundreds of feet of water with the ever-present threat of drowning all around me. You know, that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

The Rock: One name symbolizes everything that can be defined as the stereotypical American male. Why? He's a gruff, tough-as-nails, merciless, and sexually magnetic savior of the free world. And he's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Replacements

The Replacements

I wish I could have been in the pitch meeting for this ridiculous notion of a sports film. I bet it was some hotshot Warner Brothers agent with an dark Armani suit and manicured...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Proof of Life

Proof of Life

Good films are hard to find these days. Great films are beyond rare. Proof of Life, Russell Crowe's one-two punch of a deft kidnap and rescue thriller, is one of those rare gems....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Master of the Flying Guillotine

Master of the Flying Guillotine

Attention all die-hard martial arts-movie fanatics. My eyes have seen the glory of the deadly flying guillotine and the fury of the One-Armed Boxer in the grand restoration of the pinnacle of 1970s martial...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Waking Life

Waking Life

Today, most films are bloated, uninteresting, narrative-driven drivel, filled with beautiful people, a hit soundtrack, and closely following the storyline of some bestseller close enough so that it doesn't offend a legion of Oprah's Book...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Most Terrible Time in My Life

The Most Terrible Time in My Life

Asian cinema always seems to have its own voice, its own reasons, and its own functions. Kaizo Hayashi's The Most Terrible Time in My Life is a great example of amazing cinema that has...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Skins

Skins

The trials and tribulations of Native Americans and their "Warsaw" ghetto reservation lands are tough subjects to interpret for both a filmmaker and viewing audience. The fertile grounds of social injustices, governmental mockery, human...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hamlet (2000)

Hamlet (2000)

A new school of acting should be constructed based on the method of Ethan Hawke. I am the first to admit that I enjoy Ethan Hawke in almost anything he does. The reason...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Filth and the Fury

The Filth and the Fury

Good documentaries aren't hard to find. Great documentaries are few and far between the cracks of cinematic achievements.The new documentary The Filth and the Fury ranks as one of the great ones. It...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Green Dragon

Green Dragon

The Vietnam War is a time and place most people have chosen either to forget or to ignore as a culturally significant event in American history. Following the days and weeks after the fall...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance of Being Earnest is a sharp, humorous look at the duality of romance and the fear of commitment, served up on a delicate and witty plate in this summer season of comic book...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Scotland, PA

Scotland, PA

Fueled by gritty Bad Company songs, enough plaid to keep all residents of Alaska warm for winter, and Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap - Scotland, PA blasts onto the silver screen with the reckless intent...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Next Friday

Next Friday

I usually don't like sequels. The mind-numbing rehash of characters; the bad puns that related to subject matter from the original film; the vain attempt at trying to create something "new and fresh" that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Gangster No. 1

Gangster No. 1

Sometimes, a film just goes beyond its means. Gangster No. 1 is just such a film. With a lukewarm gangster drama script, over-the-top performances from such actors as David Thewlis, Malcolm McDowell, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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