Monday, June 28, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 11:24 PM
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 9:51 AM
Saturday, June 26, 2010
After more than 20 years of devotion to the family she works for as a maid, Raquel (Cataloina Saavedra) is starting to show signs of wear and tear. Worse than that, her longtime employment with the same family has given her a sense of entitlement, of being an actual member of the family and not just an employee, which is playing havoc with her mind. When the lady of the house decides to hire some additional help to ease Raquel’s daily burden, a weird game of cat and mouse begins as Raquel starts to defend her territory.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 10:31 AM
Friday, June 25, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 11:18 AM
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 8:38 AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 9:33 PM
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 6:03 AM
Saturday, June 19, 2010
In the movie, Biel plays Larita Whittaker, a modern American woman who gets hitched to a spoiled young Englishman and soon finds herself being scrutinized by the family he’s rebelling against. While Larita is an instant hit with the boy’s father she’s the anti-Christ as far as his mother is concerned, and the two start butting heads soon after saying hello.
Kristin Scott Thomas plays Mrs. Whittaker, and watching her go toe-to-toe with Biel is an absolute delight.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 8:55 AM
Friday, June 18, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 3:30 PM
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 6:18 AM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 5:35 AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 3:37 PM
Monday, June 14, 2010
A rare blood disease is turning people into Amalgams, strange robot demons with the ability to physically meld with any inanimate object they touch: They don’t just ride a motorcycle, they absorb it. When a champion racer gets the disease, he somehow retains his human side, too, leading investigators to uncover a very strange plot. The series uses a lot of computer generated animnation to give the actions scenes a slick edge missing from a lot of other anime. Visually, it takes a bit to get used to, but eventually adds a lot to the look and feel of the adventure
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 10:28 AM
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 1:16 PM
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Stephen Collins stars in this addictive series about a scruffy pilot named Jake Cutter living a carefree life on a tropical island and the many madcap adventures he gets into battling Nazis, smugglers and other ruffians with the help of his drunken sidekick Corky (Jeff Mackay), his one-eyed dog Jack and his sassy girlfriend Sarah (Caitlin O’Heaney). If you’re thinking it’s just a cheap Indiana Jones made-for-TV rip off, then you’re missing the point: These adventures more than stand on their own, particularly as the series progresses and the relationships between the friends deepen. The action is pretty good, too, and there’s a cheesiness about the whole thing that makes it a lot more fun than that other big budget Hollywood stuff.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 5:59 AM
Friday, June 11, 2010
Anyone with a fear of snakes, spiders, insects or any other of life’s creepy crawlers will want to sit far back from the TV when this fascinating series gets played (especially on Blu Ray which makes the critters look absolutely real). And the squeamish may want to skip the show about hunters and the hunted. Everyone else should just pull up a chair and get ready to watch hours of some of the most incredible nature footage ever captured, brought to life by Oprah’s entertaining narration. Be sure to check out the extras, too. Watching the team film the komodo dragons, and witnessing the emotional toll it takes out of them, is absolutely riveting.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 5:32 AM
Thursday, June 10, 2010
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who think Larry David is funny on his hit HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, and those who think he’s the most annoying person on the planet. This seventh season, which features the already legendary Seinfeld reunion shows, may help bring the David haters to the other side. He’s still annoying, but the season is so well-written, and the Seinfeld scenes so entertaining, that you can’t help but laugh at the schmuck, particularly when the world gives him back just what he deserves.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 9:13 AM
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
There’s something refreshing about a rock supergroup that doesn’t seem to care what they look like or how big the special effects are when they play a show. All that matters is the music and the fans. Chickenfoot – made up of two ex-Van Halens, an ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper and a certified guitar god named Satriani – look and act like drunken frat boys, but they play like guys who would bleed music if you cut them. Sure, the songs all start to sound the same after a while, but even an old chestnut like bad Motor Scooter can sound fresh when it’s played with passion.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 6:21 AM
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
They may not be in 3D or feature any state-of-the-art special effects, but this collection of sword and sandal films has more than enough action, adventure and unintentional comedy to keep you entertained for hours. The quality of the films is a mixed bag, both in terms of the acting/story and of the film stock itself, but the great thing about a big – and inexpensive – set like this is that if one film isn’t working for you, there are 15 more to choose from.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 5:27 AM
Monday, June 7, 2010
If you ever wanted proof of the old adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure all you have to do is click on any episode of this compelling series for all the evidence you will ever need. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz send their days roaming around the country looking for the biggest pile of trash they can find so they can dive in and see what’s there. You’ll be amazed at what they discover and just how valuable it turns out to be.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 4:41 AM
Sunday, June 6, 2010
After testing the waters of turning classic children’s literature into cinematic eye candy with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, director Tim Burton set his sights much higher by taking one of the best loved – and most-filmed -- children’s stories of all time, Alice in Wonderland, and trying to make something truly original out of it. The result is a dark and daring version of the story that might have younger viewers hiding under their seats, but will have more mature audiences on their feet cheering.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 8:20 AM
Saturday, June 5, 2010
When they were young alchemists in training, Edward and Alphonse Elric tried to perform a forbidden ritual to bring their mother back to life. The thing they brought back was barely human and had to be killed; the price the brothers paid for fooling with powers beyond them was high. Edward lost an arm and a leg and Alphonse lost his entire body only to have his soul transferred to a hulking, but empty, suit of armor. If this delightful anime only followed the Elric brothers on their quest to get their complete bodies back, it would be worth every penny. Because it does that and more, involving many weird and wonderful adventures the brothers have along the way, it’s a set to be savored. The voice-acting is top notch, the stories are intricate and entertaining and the art is brilliant (especially in the Blu-ray edition). If you are new to the wonderful world of anime, this is the perfect place to start.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 10:01 AM
Thursday, June 3, 2010
If you haven’t already been bitten by this HBO series, then get ready to watch the perfect blend of blood, sex and drama. You’ll want to watch (or re-watch) Season 1 to get fully into the swing of things because the action picks up with the mysterious body found in the back of the detective’s car and then quickly cranks it up to 11. As exciting as the action is, though, it’s the characters and the drama of their stories that make True Blood Season 2 as haunting as it is, especially with the introduction this season of young vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 8:38 AM
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
This collection of television specials featuring legendary crooner Bing Crosby is a mixed bag. His debut show from 1954 is interesting, but not very entertaining as the stiffness in Crosby’s performance (and his slightly off lip-synching) during the taping are distracting. The middle shows, shot loose and live with costars like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, are a lot of fun. On the other hand, the 1970 show with Dean Martin and Flip Wilson, featuring some really bad special effects, is awful.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 5:45 AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
‘Serious cartoons’ may sound like an oxymoron, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this fascinating series featuring animated versions of classic stories like Ben Hur and Ivanhoe. The shows work best when they stick to the original story and don’t veer off course with some misguided notion that just because it’s animated it needs to be cartoony. The slapstick scenes in the Jules Verne classic From the Earth to the Moon are annoying, but the drama of three guys being shot from a cannon into space still works.
Posted by John Black, Movie Critic at 5:50 AM