Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Somewhere around the two-hour mark of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a character requests that a plan be made concise and to-the-point. I’d like to think that’s a wink from the trio of screenwriters to the audience, because next to nothing in Transformers 2 makes any sense. Perhaps that is … Continue reading

Eagle Eye (2008)

Eagle Eye (2008)

The horrors of living in a surveillance society have been predicted and estimated for decades, and now that we’re actually in one I suppose we can take a step back and look at things objectively. Eagle Eye attempts to exploit the fact that the technology exists to track any human … Continue reading

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

Something has happened to the Farrelly Brothers since 2005’s Fever Pitch, and that something is named Judd Apatow. While the Farrelly’s laid the groundwork for the contemporary raunch-fest with a heart, Apatow has brought it full circle with the likes of The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. The … Continue reading

Transformers (2007)

Transformers (2007)

I was always into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters, not so much the Transformers. I vividly remember some of my elementary school friends bringing over their Transformers, and we’d morph and battle them all day long. I was a sucker for durable plastic toys, as was any 8-year-old … Continue reading

Shrek the Third (2007)

Shrek the Third (2007)

As a fan of the first two Shrek films, even I can attest to the notion that DreamWorks is really pushing their luck with a third installment. Hollywood has proven time and again that the old saying, “quit while you’re ahead,” means nothing to them. One can really only approach … Continue reading

Disturbia (2007)

Disturbia (2007)

That Disturbia is being compared to Hitchcock’s Rear Window goes without saying. I guess you just can’t have a housebound Peeping Tom spying on his neighbors without that comparison, but it becomes clear very early on that Disturbia doesn’t have Hitchcockian aspirations. This is a teen-friendly thriller beginning to end, … Continue reading

Dreamgirls (2006)

Dreamgirls (2006)

Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls is a stunning cinematic experience. Vibrant, energetic, and exploding with life, Dreamgirls is another one of those increasingly rare examples of why we go to the movies in the first place. The musical genre is one of the hardest sells in Hollywood, despite its occasional comeback over … Continue reading

Flushed Away (2006)

Flushed Away (2006)

Aardman Animations made one of last year’s finest films in Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Constructed with glorious stop-motion animation and a strong sense of dry wit, the film blindsided me with its ingenuity and spirit. Tragically, Aardman’s production warehouse burned to the ground shortly after the … Continue reading

Over the Hedge (2006)

Over the Hedge (2006)

There is a scene in DreamWorks Animation’s Over the Hedge when Hammy (voiced by Steve Carell), an already-hyperactive squirrel, chugs a can of the most caffeinated cola on the market. Time literally stands still, everyone else moves in slow motion, and Hammy accomplishes his mission. This scene alone is worth … Continue reading