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300 – Tyler Bates

March 9, 2007 1 comment

Original Review by Clark Douglas

You know, I’ve been rather critical lately of the way movies are advertised. “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Stranger than Fiction” are pretty notable examples. The first was billed as a “Narnia”-like fantasy, the second as a goofy concept comedy. If you’ve seen either of those films, you know just how ridiculous that is. But I must give credit to “300” for delivering pretty much exactly what it advertises: Half-naked men in boots and red capes shouting a lot and killing each other on various copper-toned computer-generated sets.

The film is based quite faithfully on the graphic novel by Frank Miller (“Sin City”), who based his story quite loosely on the famous historical tale of the 300 Spartans (I’m too lazy to re-tell it here, but it’s a lot like “The Alamo”). This story was originally put to film in the 1960’s under the title of “The 300 Spartans”, and indeed, it was Miller’s love for that film that inspired him to create this interpretation of the story. Read more…

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ZODIAC – David Shire

March 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

The last time David Shire had a film in the top ten at the American Box Office was in July 1988, when director George Romero’s horror-thriller Monkey Shines became a moderate success. It’s been a long road back to the top for the composer of Saturday Night Fever, All the President’s Men, The Hindenburg, 2010 and Short Circuit, but here he is, nineteen years later, writing the score for David Fincher’s dark thriller, Zodiac.

San Francisco in the late 1960s was a scary place. A serial killer, known by members of the press as the Zodiac Killer, murdered five people between December 1968 and October 1969 in the most brutal of circumstances, but gained a great deal of wider notoriety after he sent a series letters and bizarre cryptograms to the offices of the San Francisco Examiner newspaper, taunting those who sought to stop his killing spree. Read more…

WILD HOGS – Teddy Castellucci

March 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

A silly, but warm-hearted and enjoyable comedy road movie starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy, Wild Hogs follows the fortunes of four suburban husbands – each obsessed with motorbikes – who find themselves having a mid-life crisis. Eager to capture their youth, and yearning for life on the open road, the hapless quartet set out on a road trip from the Midwest to California – but get more than they bargained for when they fall afoul of the ruthless New Mexican biker gang the Del Fuegos, and their psychotic leader, Jack (Ray Liotta).

Teddy Castellucci, finally beginning to shake of the shackles of being Adam Sandler’s in-house composer, provides the film with an inoffensive country-themed score Read more…

BLACK SNAKE MOAN – Scott Bomar

March 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

An extremely peculiar film from Craig Brewer, the director of Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan is a deep-South drama covering topics as diverse as promiscuity, religion, redemption, love, and Blues music. Samuel L. Jackson plays farmer and part-time blues musician Lazarus, who wakes up one morning to find a young woman named Rae (Christina Ricci), badly beaten and unconscious, lying half-naked in his yard. A childhood victim of sexual abuse, Rae had developed into the town tramp, using her sex addiction as a replacement for the love she has never felt in her life. Lazarus, however, seeing a chance to redeem both himself and Rae, takes it upon himself to ‘cure’ Rae of her illness – and proceeds to chain her to the radiator of his remote farmhouse, forcing her to endure sexual cold turkey. And so begins a truly unusual friendship between the pair – and, as always happens in these things, they learn more about life from each other than they ever expected. Read more…