Past Stories

Deception

The night after I watched Deception (starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor) I dreamed that it was really a remake of a 1930s screwball comedy and it had modernized the earlier film’s secretarial pool into a sex club. Ir...


September 4, IE Weekly

JUMPIN’ & JEERIN’ WITH JIM CROW -  Wignall’s Mammygraphs reveals the artistic side of racism ¡ASK A MEXICAN! The Weekly Jive  -  CD Reviews Katt Williams  -  at San Manuel, Thursday, S...


THE BIG LEBOWSKI – 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

The term “cult classic” was born in college dorms, when kids clamp onto a film over time because it’s smart, infectiously colloquial and refreshingly unorthodox. Religious mimicry is the first sign of a cult c...



August 28, IE Weekly

Shot Glass Politics  What Norman Mailer and Hunter Thompson tell us about campaign 2008 http://www.ieweekly.com/cms/story/detail/shot_glass_politics/1542/ The Melvins Double Up for Nude With Boots  And Agent Orange&r...


MARRIED LIFE

As a movie, Married Life seems to operate under the “if you collect enough good actors, you’ll have a great film” line of thinking, but unfortunately, the sum of its goodness doesn’t quite add up to grea...


August 21-27, IE Weekly

Back to School: http://www.ieweekly.com/cms/story/detail/back_to_school/1524/ Portugal. The Man: http://www.ieweekly.com/cms/story/detail/portugal_the_man/1525/ Local to Climb Mt. Fuji-Four Times in 24 Hours: http://www....



REDBELT

Let’s just get this out there right off the bat: Redbelt is not a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) movie, despite Randy Couture’s “big” role, UFC broadcaster Mike Goldberg’s cameo and the interview with UF...


DIRTY JOBS: COLLECTION 3

What is it that makes watching the Discovery Channel’s series Dirty Jobs so much fun? Easy . . . Mike Rowe. The host is about as game a person as you can imagine, taking a deadpan joy in filth, hard…


THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES

Art, in any form, is meant to inspire an emotional response, and film is a medium that has the most tools at its disposal to achieve that. Between music, images and the natural tendency to be empathetic to the emotional…



SURFWISE

There is a tendency to want to swallow documentaries whole as “truth” just as we read non-fiction books that way, or watch news reports on TV. But the real “truth” is that all of those things are merely ...


NIM’S ISLAND

It’s really nice to know that Hollywood studios haven’t entirely abandoned the 10-year-old girl as a target audience. After all, they’ve clearly put the big bucks behind Nim’s Island, a sweetly refreshin...


DOOMSDAY

Paying homage to your influences is a time-honored tradition in art, but Doomsday, from writer/director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), although surely intended as homage, reads more like a montage cribbing the best ...



21

21 makes winning at blackjack in Vegas seem absurdly easy. By using “Basic Strategy” (a system of play that reduces a dealer’s advantage to 1%) and a “simple,” method of card counting (as explained...


THE BANK JOB

The Bank Job is “based on a true story”—the most freeing words in a filmmaker’s repertoire, right alongside “inspired by true events.” Both phrases give a project an air of authenticity while...


THE X-FILES: REVELATIONS

Make no bones about it, The X-Files: Revelations is a shameless marketing tool. The new two-disc set contains eight episodes (spanning six seasons of the TV series) deemed “essential” by creator Chris Carter and lon...



DRILLBIT TAYLOR

Based on the Russian-nesting-doll progression of Seth Rogen in Knocked Up, Jonah Hill in Superbad and Troy Gentile in Drillbit Taylor, it wouldn’t seem out of left field to expect the next entry in Apatowmania to be Look ...


DEFINITELY, MAYBE

Lately romantic comedies have had a distressing lack of believability or chemistry between the lead actors, and in that genre nothing could be worse. Did anyone really believe that Katherine Heigl and what’s-his-face were...


The Small Screen

Charles Mingus once said, “making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” And that’s exactly what Romanian writer-director Cristian Mun...



THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL

When Sandy Powell does the costumes for a movie, you know you’re always in for a treat. More than any other costume designer, Powell—an Oscar winner for The Aviator and Shakespeare in Love—manages to design wa...


SEMI-PRO

Sometimes in basketball the ball bounces off the rim and seems to hang there, undecided. Enough English on it and it’ll probably go in, but there’s an equal chance it will fall the other way and result in nothing. S...


CASSANDRA’S DREAM

When it all comes down to it, Cassandra’s Dream (written and directed by Woody Allen) is all about priorities, and how one person’s priorities can shift another person’s priorities, etc. Brothers Ian (Ewan McG...



STRANGE WILDERNESS

It is impossible to know if the filmmakers behind Strange Wilderness were, in fact, stoned while they made it, but one suspects as much. From Happy Madison Productions (Adam Sandler’s company) the film follows Peter Gaulk...


INDIANA JONES: THE ADVENTURE COLLECTION

Just in time for the release of the long-awaited Indy 4, this collection of the three prior Indiana Jones films serves to rev-up casual fans for the new installment but doesn’t add a whole lot for those who bought the&hel...


I’M NOT THERE

What’s great about I’m Not There is what’s great about any Todd Haynes film: He really doesn’t give a shit if people don’t “get” what he’s doing, he’s making his movies for ...



THE GOLDEN COMPASS

It’s hard not to place the failure of The Golden Compass as a movie squarely on the shoulders of Chris Weitz (About a Boy) as he not only directed it, but also adapted it from Philip Pullman’s acclaimed young adult&...


CLOVERFIELD

Amazingly, what J.J. Abrams and company have managed to do in Cloverfield is to make something kind of hard look deceptively simple. The movie can be easily summed up as a monster movie á la Godzilla shown through the ey...


JUNO

It’s not really a surprise that “celebrity screenwriter” Diablo Cody receives the star treatment on the DVD version of Juno—last year’s little pregnant-teen comedy that could—although it&rsqu...



The Small Screen

If Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) ever chooses to make a horror film, we can expect that it would be truly terrifying, since he’s managed to make a historical epic of the American oil industry (based on an...