George A Romero's Land of the Dead

Anyone who has a fetish for blood and knows their horror films has heard of George A. Romero. Appropriately known for his zombie flicks, the writer/director has been working for over forty years and finally landed a film with his name in the title. George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, the fourth film in the “Dead” family, is yet another gruesome Romero zombie movie, however this one passes because of its namesake; not for its Hollywood commercialism and static plotline.

Green Street Hooligans

Although Hooligans is a film about football fanatics that go over the edge, Alexander creates characters that are much more three-dimensional than your classic villain. In doing so, the message she strives to tell is unclear: is Hooligans a cautionary story or does Alexander’s personal history lend for an understanding and acceptance of the firm subculture?

Boogeyman

Don’t peek under the bed and whatever you do, do not go into the closet. Instead, find two friends and laugh your way out of the local movie theater after you realize that you just wasted $9.50 on an underdeveloped, slightly hilarious attempt at a horror film. What’s most unsettling about Boogeyman is that the relatively unknown cast and crew of the film have scored big at the box office due to its calculated formula: 1 attractive leading man+ lack of an original plot= money in the pockets of producers.

Hotel Rwanda

With Hotel Rwanda, Terry George crafts a script with delicate detail to expose the harsh reality of terror and hatred. This movie is about the fight; an ongoing battle for love, heritage, community and freedom. Hotel Rwanda goes the extra length beyond the death tolls, facts, and figures to a place that warms the heart. This film shines on the big screen not only as a heroic journey, but a way to channel the importance of peace in our world.

Bad Education

It’s not the subject matter of Bad Education that was troubling (Almodóvar’s theme of homosexuality is inherent in most of his films) or the acting (Barnal is wonderfully powerful as Zahara and convincing as Ignacio), but it is the focus of the film that is unclear. There are three different worlds that Almodóvar plays with: the past, the present, and the fictional world of Ignacio’s screenplay. The changing of time happens too quickly and some scenes are lost in a toss up between what’s real and what’s on-screen fiction.

Kinsey

When asked if he was interested in a Hollywood film dedicated to his life, the infamous Alfred Kinsey once said, “I couldn’t think of anything worse.” Well, folks, its 2004. Any influential historical figure can make for entertainment and happy Hollywood producers. (Case in point: this month’s Ray and the upcoming Alexander) With Kinsey, Writer/Director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) has himself a good one. The film is part biography, part love story and all incredibly entertaining.

Sideways

Miles and Jack hit the road and slowly writer/director Alexander Payne unravels each character’s vivid past. While skirt-chasing Jack uses lines from his latest commercial spots to seduce women, (“You may experience side effects such as nausea and dizziness…”), Miles is caught stealing bills from an Ajax can in his mother’s dresser. Both equally pathetic in their own ways, Miles and Jack are like a modern day Batman and Robin. Only this time, the mission is all in the aged Cabernet and the most superb Shiraz.

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