DAILY Screens December 8, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The show, which opens this Friday, throws open the vaults on the network that slipped adult humor into seemingly innocuous cartoons, airing iconic underground classics like Invader Zim and true modern televisual masterpieces like Avatar: The Last Airbender...."
Film Review January 30, 1998, by Marc Savlov
Gomez, heaven is 18 holes of green and a blue, blue sky. At least that's one of the striking, heavenly images we get during the course of what...
"...To Nick Gomez, heaven is 18 holes of green and a blue, blue sky. At least that's one of the striking, heavenly images we get during the course of what is essentially a metaphysical treatise on life, death, and drug-running in modern-day Florida backwaters..."
Living in Oblivion
Film Review September 1, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Or maybe not. DeCillo's second feature (his first being the underrated Brad Pitt vehicle Johnny Suede) is a caustic, witty, nightmarish look at what goes into the making of an indie film, from the endless screw-ups that transpire as the crew battles with backbiting, egomaniacal stars run amok, sexual politics on and off the set, and all the little horrors of day-to-day filmmaking on a shoestring budget..."
Film Review June 25, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...But back to that damned notebook. Allie and Noah’s love affair is told in flashback, which means there’s a present day that must be attended to..."
20,000 Days on Earth
Film Review October 3, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Kith and kin to the likes of Leonard Cohen and his much-admired Nina Simone, Cave remains, at 57, a quietly explosive presence whether onstage or off, a duality that becomes apparent here as we’re offered access to the various creative stages, from notebook birth to demo recording to live performance of the title track from the 2013 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away. Directors Forsyth and Pollard employ a simulacrum of the singer-songwriter/screenwriter/novelist’s literal 20,000th day alive to capture the sum of the parts of the whole of Cave’s work and world in a remarkably fascinating and strangely accessible way..."
Film Review July 26, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
The Rest in Peace Department of undead police officers is joined by a recently slain cop.
"...Nick (Reynolds) and Roy (Bridges) are dead police partners in the Rest in Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) in present-day Boston, serving out their 100-year hitches as a chance to clear their names before the final Judgment Day. Their mission is to catch the dead who remain on Earth..."
Film Review August 1, 1997, by Marc Savlov
The Friends transition to the big screen continues unabated with this, the Aniston entry into the fray, and as might be expected, the blandest actress on NBC's hit show also...
"...Aniston plays Kate, a young Madison Avenue ad exec with a stalled career and love life. Her boss (Dunn) fears Kate's single marital status makes her too risky to promote (lest she leave the company along with valuable clients), her mother (Dukakis) is aching for grandchildren, and her studly co-worker Sam (Bacon) won't give her the time of day because she's not married..."
Film Review January 12, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
It’s a soggy true-crime drama – too serious to be trashy, too trashy to be serious.
"...This true-crime yarn beaded with hot, young actors is like watching McG’s Fastlane on Xanax. Because it has the Cassavetes label and premiered at last year's Sundance, it flaunts a certain indie cred (also look for Harry Dean Stanton, who seems to have been rented by the day), but this film is way more about tits and ass and drugs and guns and California muscle cars and busting up house parties with kung fu than it is about deep characterization on the epic scale of Scarface..."
Film Review November 3, 2000, by Russell Smith
"...While he's getting his life back together, he's staying at the family home of city sanitation worker Charlie (Cairns), an old school chum whose two dominant talents are playing baseball and pissing away the opportunities that life hands him. Nick obviously had a lot in common with Charlie back in the day, as allusions to 600 SAT scores and general blue-collar delinquent behavior make clear..."
Film Review February 23, 1996, by Hollis Chacona
Any movie that has the word “wrong” in the title should be very, very careful to get things right. The makers of this movie were not careful. Mr. Wrong follows...
"...Wrong follows the tribulations of career woman Martha Alston (DeGeneres), whose romantic life (or lack thereof) comes under scrutiny when her younger sister gets married. After a disastrous Valentine's Day blind date with a Ken doll look-alike (and think-alike), Martha has a chance encounter with Whitman Crawford (Pullman), a handsome, sensitive, rich, romantic, Jaguar convertible-driving poet..."
Film Review September 17, 1993, by Hollis Chacona
"...Starring: Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Fiona Shaw, Stanley Tucci, Larry Miller and Obba Babatunde. When I was a kid, my mom would pop up a grocery bag full of popcorn, let us each pick a can from the tantalizing array of Shasta soda pop flavors, pile us all into our blue Impala convertible and head for the drive-in where, it seemed, a new Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie played each week..."
Film Review July 8, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
While this comedy aims for new nadirs in raunchiness, the rest of its humor coasts on obvious gags and recycled jokes.
"...Directed by: Seth Gordon. Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen, P.J..."
Film Review November 1, 2013, by Amy Smith
This sugarcoated Christmas tale is an Austin-born and -bred affair.
"...Based on the book by Austin writer/philanthropist Turk Pipkin and produced by Austin’s Elizabeth Avellán (Spy Kids, Sin City), this sugarcoated Christmas tale is reminiscent of an old Roy Rogers movie, a musical Western with a moral message – except that this version features Willie Nelson as a modern-day singing cowboy and saint (aptly named Nick). Filmed in Bastrop and in and around Austin, McCanlies’ newest work is an eye- and ear-candy treat for locals and live-music fans appreciative of Austin’s music roots and folksy allure..."
Laws of Gravity
Film Review December 11, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The narrative inevitability of gunplay only adds a growing sense of dread to the proceedings because we've come to like these two-bit Brooklyn hustlers, gotten to know their wives and girlfriends, recognize their youthful oblivion of mortality. They're real neighborhood guys just looking to get by with their petty scores; no big dreams of getting out or becoming top dogs (after all, these are the same Brooklyn streets that spurred Tony Manero into a Saturday Night Fever)..."
Breakfast of Champions
Film Review November 5, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Willis does his serious acting thing (as opposed to his rote action-hero routine) in a nicely understated turn as a sort of Midwestern Babbitt coming unglued. As the area's biggest car dealer and star of his own hard-sell TV commercials, Willis' Dwayne Hoover is a local celebrity who, despite all the outward appearances of success, starts each day with a ritual that tests whether this will be the day he blows his brains out with a revolver..."
The Santa Clause 2
Film Review November 1, 2002, by Marrit Ingman
Like its boffo predecessor from 1994, Santa Clause 2 is an amiable, formulaic holiday romp with the whole family in mind. Director Lembeck, a sitcom veteran, sets 'em up and...
"...Starring: Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Spencer Breslin, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Elizabeth Mitchell and Tim Allen. Like its boffo predecessor from 1994, Santa Clause 2 is an amiable, formulaic holiday romp with the whole family in mind..."
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Film Review September 2, 2011, by Marc Savlov
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice meets a considerably tamed Van Wilder for a mediocre romp in the Hamptons.
"...Labor Day weekend is just around the corner when Eric (Saturday Night Live's Sudeikis) discovers to his dismay that his father (an unbilled Don Johnson) is putting their sprawling summer mansion up for sale. Formerly the site of a series of themed bacchanals that'd give Delta House a run for its togas, Eric and his close-knit circle of friends are understandably forlorn at the prospect of losing their party palace..."
Film Review April 30, 2004, by Marc Savlov
Godsend is an unresurrectable muddle about human cloning.
"...All is not well in the Duncan household. Idealistic schoolteacher dad Paul (Kinnear) and photographer mom Jessie (Romijn-Stamos) are debating the wisdom of moving from their stylish downtown loft in favor of a more countrified approach, he’s just been mugged by a former student, and she’s trying to keep the lid on a madcap kiddie birthday party..."
Horrible Bosses 2
Film Review November 28, 2014, by William Goss
"...Directed by: Sean Anders. Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jonathan Banks, Lindsay Sloane and Keegan-Michael Key...."
Page Two: True Stories: Then and Now
Connecting the dots between the SIMS Foundation and a day on the set of David Byrne's sleeper hit film
Columns November 17, 2016, by Louis Black
"...Take Three: David Williams, Finch's friend and leader of Denton band Self Is on the Throne, had been another accordion non-player when the day began. But as hours passed, he had been teaching himself how to play..."
Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players to Perform at SXSW
Lottery system for mega SXSW showcases confirms all-star act
DAILY Music March 4, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...South by Southwest revealed details this afternoon for the lottery system to get into mega showcases for the Sound City Players, Green Day, and Nick Cave. Last March’s headlining SXSW set by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band functioned similarly, with no real problems reported in the aftermath...."
Film Review August 8, 2008, by Marc Savlov
This grindhousey biker film, executive-produced by Quentin Tarantino, is a convoluted, overly snazzy-looking tale of bad blood between even worse people.
"...Starring: Larry Bishop, Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Eric Balfour, Vinnie Jones, David Carradine and Leonor Varela. The line between homage and parody is blurry enough at the best of times in our post-Pulp Fiction world, but Hell Ride – a grindhousey biker flick executive-produced by Quentin Tarantino and starring Madsen's ongoing impersonation of a hung-over Nick Nolte on a good-hair day – pretty much fucks the distinction over..."
Reno 911!: Miami
Film Review March 2, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
The gang from the Comedy Central show attend a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break.
"...Is it funny? It can be. I loved the part where the Rock arrived to save the day but accidentally blew himself up with a grenade..."
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Film Review July 4, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, David Andrews and Kristanna Loken. In the 12 years since Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released both the sci-fi/action genre and the art of computer-generated special effects (which that film’s director James Cameron helped revolutionize) have morphed, like Robert Patrick’s T-1000, into swaggering behemoths that crush everything in their path..."
Film Review February 13, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
Afterglow is an adult love story tinged with large measures of comedy and sadness. It's also illuminated with superb performances by Nick
Nolte and sight-for-sore-eyes Julie Christie, whose work was...
"...Sumptuously shot by Toyomichi Kurita, Afterglow is endlessly fascinating. Nolte is well-cast as the randy yet deeply sensitive older man, while Christie has a field day measuring out her rueful and sarcastic dialogue..."
Film Review March 18, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Barry. What with all the holiday tunage on the soundtrack, and the plethora of Yuletide gags scattered throughout the vitriol, something tells me The Ref missed its targeted Christmas release..."
Nick Cassavetes on Alpha Dog
Screens Story January 12, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...When Truelove runs afoul of unhinged junkie Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster), that fantasy world turns all too real, and the ensuing battle between the two men results in the kidnapping of Mazursky's younger brother, Zack (an exceptional Anton Yelchin). What follows is three days in Babylon, as Zack is initiated and not unwillingly into the gang's decadent world of drink, drugs, and girls, But as the witnesses to Zack's kidnapping pile up and the real world starts closing in, Truelove begins to believe that getting rid of the kid might be his only hope of escape...."
The Sense of an Ending
Film Review March 24, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...A surprise inheritance revives old memories for Tony, of prep school and his first romance, and the film moves between these two timelines of present day and the early Sixties. Turns out adult Tony doesn’t know the whole story behind a long-ago tragedy, or has forgotten his influence on events leading up to that tragedy..."
A Perfect Getaway
Film Review August 7, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...As the quartet starts off, climbing over sheer, vertiginous drops and lolling in idyllic waterfalls, word arrives that still another couple (this film is nothing if not an exercise in duality) has been found butchered on the main island. Meek Cliff – whose day job as a Hollywood screenwriter provides more than a few recursive chuckles – debates turning back, as the unknown killers have been described as a "couple" and are still, apparently, at large..."