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  • February 14, 2008
    By webteam

    Before George Romero, (with a nod towards Richard Matheson’s 1954 sci-fi novel “I Am Legend”) zombies were just bit (no pun intended) players in the horror genre, inert, usually voodooized automatons that with few exceptions (i.e, Jaques Tourneur’s “I Walked With a Zombie”(1943), scheduled for a 2009 remake left little impression.

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  • February 12, 2008
    By webteam
    Yesterday I received a Brigham’s chocolate milkshake (or “frappe,” as they are properly called in these parts) as a promotional item from the “There Will Be Blood” people. Coincidentally, as I sipped it I was looking over the “50 Greatest Movie Quotes” as determined by the market research company “onepoll.

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  • February 11, 2008
    By webteam

    Friends and family said farewell to Heath Ledger in a private memorial and funeral service in his hometown of Perth, Australia, over the weekend. Most of us will remember him for his consummate performance as the repressed ranchhand suffering an unfulfiiled lifelong love affair with a fellow cowpoke in Ang Lee’s "Brokeback Mountain

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  • February 05, 2008
    By webteam

    Much like a Mungiu movie, my conversation last time ended in the middle of something unfinished. We were discussing a dinner scene in “4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days” in which the protagonist, Otilia, is stuck at a torturous dinner party with her boyfriend’s crass bourgeois parents at a time when she would much prefer to be somewhere else, however awful.

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  • February 02, 2008
    By webteam

    After living through the Ceacescu dictatorship, Cristian Mungiu probably finds the stupidity of the Motion Picture Academy’s Foreign Language committee a minor nuisance. Nominated by Romania as its candidate for the Best Foreign Language film, his “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” a stark, subtle and devastating depiction of the travails of two young women seeking a solution in a society in which abortion has been criminalized, was totally ignored by whoever the clowns are that make that determination.

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  • January 29, 2008
    By webteam

    It turns out I wasn’t the only one with this brilliant insight, but viewers last weekend had a tough call: which would be the funnier parody, “Meet the Spartans” or “Rambo?” I haven’t seen the former except for the trailer, and I must say the guy playing the faux Rambo looks a lot more human than does Sylvester Stallone in his movie.

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  • January 26, 2008
    By webteam

    A few days have passed and I can finally take another look at what became of my Oscar nomination predictions. At first I thought that I had 25 right, beating last year’s miserable score of 24, out of 30. But no, I missed Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: the Golden Age” beating out Angelina Jolie in “A Mighty Heart.

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  • January 23, 2008
    By webteam

    The first impression I had of Heath Ledger when he entered the room for his Brokeback Mountain interview three years ago was how small and fragile he looked. Nothing like the hot-blooded warrior of “The Patriot” or the bungling jouster of “A Knight’s Tale” or even the character he played in “Brokeback,” that laconic, lean and secretly gay cowpoke who kicks the asses of a trio of drunks harassing his family.

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  • January 19, 2008
    By webteam

    With Daniel Day Lewis’s Golden Globe win and a per-screen b.o. average over $14,000 and even Republican presidential candidate John McCain taking a break from campaigning in South Carolina to watch the movie, “There Will Be Blood”’s tagline “I drink your milkshake” seems destined to become a pop cultural mantra, if not a new campaign slogan.


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  • January 18, 2008
    By webteam
  • January 16, 2008
    By webteam
    Here are some more shots, as no single image can do justice to the full horror. As you can see, this is no ordinary beast but a shape-shifting, amorphous monstrosity



    that seems to take the form of your worst nightmare.





    It is a mirror of that which we most dread.



    An image of the demons that terrify us.



    A reflection, perhaps, of our own soul.


    This...is Cloverfield.

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  • January 16, 2008
    By webteam

    I saw “Cloverfield” last night and since other websites that will remain nameless have long since seen and reviewed the film Ihave no qualms about breaking the embargo and showing these images of the mystery monster:

    This:


    And this:



    And most terrifying... This:

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  • January 11, 2008
    By webteam

    Add “zeitgeist” to the list.

    I’ve been at my wits end trying to avoid resorting to it as I write my annual Oscar Nomination prediction story/folly. But nobody said kicking the habit would be easy. Maybe I need a cliché patch. At least there’s still “weltschmerz” and “schadenfreude.”

    Speaking of the “z” word, I never knew the National Society of Film Critics (of which I am a member) to tap into it with their annual choice of Best Picture.

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  • January 08, 2008
    By webteam

    Some additions to the list:

    “testosterone soaked” Thanks to Scott Hamrah for the heads up on this. Also "testosterone fueled."

    “…on steroids”

    “…on acid”

    and “meets” -- a phrase which, in the interest of full disclosure (and maybe we should include “in the interests of full disclosure” on the list), I am personally guilty of using (“Chalk:” “’Election’ meets ‘The Office’”), as pointed out by the diligent people at eFilmCritic.

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  • January 03, 2008
    By webteam

    Since health or behaviorally related resolutions at this point in my life are probably futile, I’ll take the opportunity of the New Year to resolve to improve my writing style as a film critic. Such as not mixing up names (see below). Well, good luck on that. Maybe I’ll start on something a bit more doable, like cutting down on modifiers and eliminating clichés and mannerisms, or at least the ones listed below.

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