The Ugly Truth (review)

I’m trying to figure out when ‘romantic comedies’ turned into ‘let’s throw two really despicable and unpleasant people together in the first act so they can hate on each other through the second act until they magically fall in love in the third act.’

trailer break: ‘The Ugly Truth’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Oh god, she’s one of those, isn’t she? Background checks before a first date. Assuming something a guy wrote in his online profile is the entire totality of his personality and tastes. Oh god, he’s one of those, isn’t he? Women are fatties, unless they aren’t, which … more…

trailer break: ‘Tales of the Black Freighter’

Take a break from work: watch a DVD trailer… I’ll be curious to see how this stands up on its own, as a separate story. Because it’s so integrated into the story of Watchmen, and its impact is so tied up with the contrast and parallel with the main story, that I suspect it will … more…

RocknRolla (review)

Guy Ritchie would surprise us if he surprised us. *RocknRolla,* his latest mockney crime caper, is exactly what you expect it to be. Hell, it’s exactly what you *want* it to be…

5 reasons I’m psyched for ‘RocknRolla’

All this week! 5 movies I’m psyched for in October, and 5 reasons why. No. 4: RocknRolla [opens limited October 8, wide October 31]. 1. Cute guys with British accents. 2. It’s about con artists, who are always entertaining. In the movies, at least. 3. Guy Ritchie. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch … more…

300 (review)

The first person who uses any aspect of this flick to justify the American debacle in Iraq is getting a swat across the nose with a copy of *My Pet Goat.* Which King Leonides of Sparta does not sit reading while his country is threatened and attacked.

say what? worst. lines. ever, 2004 edition

Here, in one place, the funniest bad dialogue of the year 2004. They’re not ranked — they’re all equally awful. [Warning: May contain spoilers.] [click here for the best, most quotable snippets of dialogue from 2004] “Clearly, madam, genuis has turned to madness.” –Raoul (Patrick Wilson), to Madame Giry (Miranda Richardson), on the Phantom (Gerard … more…