Author: Sean O'Connell

Bride Wars

Bride Wars

Code Name: The Cleaner. BloodRayne. Grandma's Boy. White Noise. Elektra. Are We There Yet?These are not preliminary selections for the inaugural class of an as-yet-unfounded Hollywood Hall of Shame. They are instead the most recent...

Movie Review posted on 9th January 2009

The Reader

The Reader

Mein Kampf meets Penthouse Forum in Stephen Daldry's The Reader, a chilly and surprisingly detached adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's passion play about a susceptible yet pensive teenage horn dog seduced by the former, female SS...

Movie Review posted on 10th December 2008

Milk

Milk

Thirty years before Sen. Barack Obama broke through a significant political color barrier, Harvey Milk tore down a similar wall that was obstructing America's gay community from holding political office.Milk finds experimental auteur Gus Van...

Movie Review posted on 26th November 2008

Australia

Australia

It takes a half hour before you're able to put a finger on the tone and tactic of Baz Luhrmann's Australia. First steps are taken on shaky legs until the sweeping picture hits its stride....

Movie Review posted on 26th November 2008

Bolt

Bolt

If action "auteur" Michael Bay trained dogs instead of constructing Transformers, his canines would probably behave like Bolt.Disney's computer-animated mutt (voiced by John Travolta) defends his beloved owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus), from the evil forces...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2008

RocknRolla

RocknRolla

Here's some good news for Guy Ritchie fans. RocknRolla gives off the impression that the once-heralded filmmaker isn't trying so hard any more to jolt, confuse, stimulate, and entertain his demanding followers. As a result,...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Have you ever noticed how one measly letter separates "laughter" from "slaughter?"I almost missed this off-the-cuff joke -- it's spray-painted on the side of a semi as the Joker (Heath Ledger) descends on a police...

Movie Review posted on 17th July 2008

Wanted

Wanted

A scrawny, self-loathing office drone gets plucked from his humdrum existence by a steely, gun-wielding super babe, is mentored by a Zen warrior with limitless intelligence but limited patience, then endures harsh physical training to...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

WALL-E

WALL-E

And the bar gets raised even higher.Right around the time Pixar Animation Studios released its fifth feature, Finding Nemo, conversation shifted from "Is it any good?" to "Just how amazing is it?" Quality was assumed,...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold

Matt Damon does a mean Matthew McConaughey impersonation. The two hung out when they were struggling actors trying to break into the business, giving the former ample opportunity to study the latter's casual mannerisms. According...

Movie Review posted on 8th February 2008

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Quite possibly the strangest holiday release since Miramax rolled out its bloodsucking Dracula update in December 2000, Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street reproduces Stephen Sondheim's moody musical as a theatrically...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2007

Gone Baby Gone

Gone Baby Gone

Numerous articles have been written over the years criticizing Ben Affleck's poor choices pertaining to his acting career. Google Gigli if you care to sample some slams. But Affleck's Gone, Baby, Gone should temporarily reverse...

Movie Review posted on 19th October 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Of the more than 15 sequels already released this year, Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age is by no means the most unnecessary (that remains a three-way tie between Evan Almighty, Rush Hour 3, and...

Movie Review posted on 12th October 2007

El Cantante

El Cantante

¡Cómo terrible!Leon Ichaso's El Cantante, a frenzied and paper-thin attempt to lionize beloved salsa singer Hector Lavoe (played by Marc Anthony), convinced me it's time to put the musical-biopic genre on the shelf for a...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2007

Evening

Evening

Evening enjoys prestigious name recognition. It is based on a novel by Susan Minot, and adapted by Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. The movie's cast is Dream Team caliber, from Meryl Streep,...

Movie Review posted on 3rd July 2007

1408

1408

You do not have to read the original short story "1408," part of the longer anthology Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, to know that the central idea comes from author Stephen King. In fact, one...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

Did Batman & Robin teach us nothing?Universally considered the worst superhero sequel ever, Joel Schumacher's bloated monstrosity temporarily derailed Warner's lucrative Dark Knight franchise when it tried in vain to fill gaping plot holes with...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

The Reaping

The Reaping

Trouble sleeping? Try The Reaping. As Stephen Hopkins' sinfully boring devil dance continues creeping, at your watch you'll be peeping. By the time you reach the preposterous conclusion, where a sequel-establishing twist looms like a...

Movie Review posted on 6th April 2007

Shooter

Shooter

As the hero of Shooter, Mark Wahlberg narrows his eyes into a piercing stare, delivers his bite-sized chunks of dialogue under his breath, and maintains a constant state of muscle flex so that each vein...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

Premonition

Premonition

Forgive me for treading lightly through this Premonition review, but the last time I tried to discuss the film in detail, Sony reprimanded me.The reason I find this so funny is because the out-of-order thriller...

Movie Review posted on 16th March 2007

300

300

Everything old is new again in 300, director Zack Snyder's account of the barbaric Battle of Thermopylae, a film that is ridiculously stylish and commendably substantive. I expected the former (Snyder's source material is a...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2007

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

If Tenacious D's lyrics are to be believed, then the two-man super group is the universe's greatest rock band.Comprised of dueling acoustic guitarists Jack Black and Kyle Gass, the D fills albums with harmonious and...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2007

Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland

Who killed Superman?George Reeves' death remains one of Hollywood's juiciest unsolved mysteries. After years spent clinging to the industry's fringe, the performer shot to stardom in 1952 when he hopped into Superman's red-and-blue tights for...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Alexander

Alexander

To paraphrase the obnoxious David Spade, I liked Alexander a lot... when it was called Troy.In fact, Oliver Stone's overblown biopic detailing the global conquests of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) would make a nice...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet

Children, put down your books. Thanks to Walt Disney Studios, you no longer need them. In today's world, a video store membership card and a working knowledge of animated Disney classics proves to...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Willard

Willard

A pallid complexion, stuttered speech pattern, and naturally creepy persona have prevented Crispin Glover from achieving leading man status over the course of his 20-year career. Best known as George McFly from Back to the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Guardian

The Guardian

Much like Top Gun and, to a lesser extent, An Officer and a Gentleman, Andrew Davis' boys-in-basic-training melodrama The Guardian primarily functions as a recruitment tool for its chosen military branch. The Coast Guard would...

Movie Review posted on 13th January 2007

A Good Year

A Good Year

Proper casting can make or break a film. A savvy producer knows not to hire Sylvester Stallone for a Shakespearean tragedy. Successful studio heads understand that the charismatic Will Smith is the wrong choice to...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2006

The Last Kiss (2006)

The Last Kiss (2006)

The catchy pop ballads found on the soundtrack for Tony Goldwyn's The Last Kiss will break your heart in two. The movie these songs support only wishes it could make such a claim.Back to the...

Movie Review posted on 9th October 2006

The Guardian

The Guardian

Much like Top Gun and, to a lesser extent, An Officer and a Gentleman, Andrew Davis' boys-in-basic-training melodrama The Guardian primarily functions as a recruitment tool for its chosen military branch. The Coast Guard would...

Movie Review posted on 29th September 2006

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Paloma Faith - Better Than This Video

Paloma Faith - Better Than This Video

With her fifth studio album 'Infinite Things' set to be released later this year, Paloma Faith unveils a music video for her newest song 'Better Than...

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Album of the Week: Blur's The Great Escape turns 25

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'The Great Escape' was released on this day (September 11th) in 1995.

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Six reasons why we'll never stop loving The Rolling Stones

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With his forthcoming album 'Heavy is the Head' set for release this December, Stormzy has dropped an animated video for a new single entitled...

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