my week at the movies: ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ ‘Cop Out,’ ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘A Prophet (Un Prophète),’ ‘The Crazies,’ ‘The Art of the Steal’

Looks like Ethan Hawke got a promotion from his Los Angeles Training Day and a crosscountry transfer to serve with Brooklyn’s Finest (opens in the U.S. and Canada on March 5; no U.K. release date has been announced). Looks intense… And then there’s Cop Out (opens in the U.S. and Canada on February 26, and … more…

trailer break: ‘The Crazies’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Fantastic: another remake of a 1970s horror movie. The 1973 original was by George Romero, so surely it’s still worth watching today. What’s the point of a remake? How is this not like every other damn movie about infection we’ve ever seen? The ordinary folk getting sick. … more…

dream cast: not-so-hypothetical ‘Alien’ prequel

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another installment in the semiregular Dream Cast, in which we take a classic movie, TV show, or book, perferrably something with Xer appeal that we can either trash or have fun with, and cast a production or recast a hypothetical (or sometimes not so hypothetical) remake with actors working … more…

trailer break: ‘A Perfect Getaway’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… I so thought Announcer Guy was gonna say this island was “as beautiful as it is deadly.” Oh, man, does the trailer give away the fact that Tim Olyphant is the killer?… [waits] Ah, it’s not meant to be a secret: Olyphant is not a secret psycho: … more…

Go (review)

So, Go’s three interconnected tales follow a diverse group of Los Angeles twentysomethings as their lives bang up against one another in a scenario that’s the 90s in a nutshell, from the Xer point of view: sex and danger that’s both exciting and terrifying (the clever script uses the word ‘go’ both in the imperative, let’s-get-out-of-here sense and also in the imperative, orgasmic sense, as a synonym for ‘come’). And is if to demonstrate typical Xer cynicism, it all happens while holly jolly Christmas passes by practically unnoticed in the background.