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Turn the Other Cheek
Q&A with guitar virtuoso Kaki King
"...29, from Atlanta, Georgia, and now Brooklyn, is one cool cucumber. Cue whistle of disbelief...."

Oct. 31, 2008 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Reprise
This bracingly good Norwegian film is many things at once: portraits of mental illness, obsessive love, the uneasy transition from punk rock youth to “upstanding” adulthood, and fraternal competitiveness.
"...savant, one senses that Trier has always been the coolest kid in the room … at least in any..."

June 27, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2008
Another compilation of old and new animated spectacles guaranteed to rot your eyeballs.
"...Films' "We Live on Your Street" is just flat-out cool, utilizing a spiral-bound notebook as the background for some..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Nicolas Cage is again on the prowl in this sequel to the 2004 smash success.
"...long trudge through American history factoids and conspiracy-theory gobbledygook. Cool car chase, though...."

Dec. 28, 2007 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

My First Etsy
"...time to do crafty things, crafty things were not cool. The epitome of crafty things then, in fact, could..."

Oct. 24, 2007 Design Post by Nora Ankrum

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Although it tries mightily to top 2005's origin story by introducing fanboy favorite the Silver Surfer, this film is nevertheless relentlessly dull and curiously bombastic.
"...both old nemesis Dr. Doom (McMahon) and that effortlessly cool interstellar chromium ho-dad. It's not just that the dialogue..."

June 22, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ocean's Thirteen
This heist franchise has settled into a kind of hipster equanimity.
"...where art meets commerce and story blends seamlessly with cool. 2001’s great Ocean’s Eleven single-handedly revived the moribund “guy-ensemble..."

June 15, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
This third Pirates outing is an empty vessel haunted by the ghosts of its sabre-rattling betters.
"...Pirates films – when seemingly left to his own creepy-cool devices. Verbinski's in on the joke, of course, the..."

June 1, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In the Land of Women
Adam Brody stars in this movie, which also features Kristen Stewart and Meg Ryan, as a young man creeping toward adulthood.
"...age of 26. Playing an older variation of his too-cool-for-school nerd, Brody is this movie’s drifting soul loose in..."

April 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wild Hogs
John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy star as middle-aged friends who seek life's purpose while on a cross-country motorcycle trip.
"...The lanky stud from Urban Cowboy and even the cool killer from Pulp Fiction are hazy memories amid his..."

March 2, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Look Into the Light Light Light Light …
Furniture Records refinishes an Oneida classic.
"...policy has birthed Tuxedo Killers, Daniel Francis Doyle, Awesome Cool Dudes, and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, among others),..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Music Post by Audra Schroeder

National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj
This highly unanticipated offering is cut ’n’ paste horn-dog humor.
"...sex-crazed gameboys (and one girl) into the realm of cool so that they can declare class war on those..."

Dec. 8, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hard Candy
Metaphorically speaking, Little Red Riding Hood eats Humbert Humbert in this story of an online predator and his jailbait, gamine prey.
"...words. Creepy to a fault and shot in a cool, clinically hip, and minimalist style, this is like watching..."

April 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Doom
Doom is not so much a film as a marketing tie-in, albeit one with some exceptional production values.
"...hybrid slug-lamprey beasties to hell. So I guess that’s cool if you’re into that. If you don’t play the..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Assault on Precinct 13
This new version of John Carpenter's classic is superfluous in the extreme, and while it’s not technically a bad movie, per se, viewers unfamiliar with the film’s lineage will likely write it off as yet another midwinter also-ran, the sort of action film that never quite takes off and instead focuses on random gun battles and cheesy dialogue.
"...simply had a certain no-budget panache and the très cool presence of Jostin’s righteously Hawksian Napoleon Wilson render this..."

Jan. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Team America: World Police
Trey Parker and Matt Stone tame the world with marionettes.
"...are only briefly enlivened by some very nasty (i.e., cool) puppet sex and enough mangled marionette bloodshed to make..."

Oct. 15, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Collateral
Michael Mann returns to his stock-and-trade: the glossy, kinetic crime thriller, this time starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.
"...seems content to play games with his fast cars, cool streets, and loud rock, leaving Collateral squarely within the..."

Aug. 6, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Carandiru
In prison in Brazil is a woeful place to be.
"...prison drama, not The Wizard of …), but Babenco’s cool, detached camera and multilayered storylines, of which there are..."

July 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Clearing
Despite the contributions of Robert Redford, Helen Mirren, and Willem Dafoe, The Clearing is a psychological thriller sans suspense.
"...grace the screen – is an arty snore: calm, cool, collected, and deadly dull, as though it were some..."

July 9, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Starsky & Hutch
Seventies TV shows live on through Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Snoop Dog.
"...exudes a gangly, laconic charm, as when a sober, cool-as-ice Hutch is forced to care for his suddenly cocaine-addled..."

March 5, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
"...like the film itself, is big, loud, and looks cool enough, which is what we’ve come to expect from..."

July 25, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Divine Intervention
"...outing will surely be enough to rile some less cool heads. That said, Suleiman’s film is notable not for..."

May 9, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

24 Hour Party People
"...part to Wilson's efforts, remains the epicenter of global cool (so much so that it gained, in the late..."

Sept. 27, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Whole Shootin’ Match
This debut film by Pennell, the trailblazing Texas filmmaker, was recently restored. It remains a delightfully talky, slice-of-life comedy that focuses on two over-the-hill dreamers.
"...the years before making movies in Texas was considered cool. This slice-of-life comedy focuses on two over-the-hill dreamers. The..."

Aug. 26, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bloody Angels
"...and eventually outright dismissed. Bloody Angels moves with the cool and leaden momentum of a glacier, which fits the..."

May 25, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spy Kids
The first entry in Rodriguez's kids action movie remains the best in the series.
"...the process has also raised the bar for what's cool and acceptable in the all-too-placid world of the kids..."

March 30, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Venus Beauty Institute
"...were steeped in overt histrionics, Marshall's piece plays everything cool, all French and moodylike. As Sirk understood, good melodrama..."

Nov. 10, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Cecil B. Demented
"...ends with the number “2.” Waters, in his kitschy cool, anti-authoritarian filmmaking style, is in excellent form in Cecil..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Shower
"...as welcome in this less-than-thrilling cinematic summer as a cool soak on a hot summer's day...."

Aug. 18, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Chicken Run
Absolutely delightful filmmaking, chock-full of gorgeously goofy animation and a storyline that cleverly echoes everything from Stalag 17 to Cool Hand Luke. – Marc Savlov
"...storyline that cleverly echoes everything from Stalag 17 to Cool Hand Luke, with pit stops at Star Trek, The..."

June 23, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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