Vampire Hunter D – Review

April 1, 2000

With bad translation and insipid dialog no longer dragging it down, Vampire Hunter D is still plagued by bad animation, grating characters, and a lack of style.

Superstar – Review

April 1, 2000

The idea of a klutzy outsider suffering through humiliation only to prevail in the end has been done to death, but there are worse movies of that ilk out there.

Splendor – Review

April 1, 2000

If you’ve seen Gregg Araki’s previous films, it’s surprising this is actually a mostly light-hearted, good-natured comedy exploring “poly” relationships.

Perfect Blue – Review

April 1, 2000

It falls short of the animated Hitchcock promised in the promotional material, Perfect Blue’s tale of hunted celebrity is a good psychological thriller.

Dogma – Review

January 1, 2000

Even if you can name 50 films that have certain elements of Dogma, you aren’t going to find one that’s remotely like it on whole.

American Beauty – Review

January 1, 2000

I like Kevin. It’s not that he’s unpredictable or outrageous. He’s outrageously predictable in his unpredictability, and not just because he’s a suburbanite.

WCW Mayhem – Review

January 1, 2000

WCW Mayhem is the latest attempt by a wrestling mega-corporation to compress the grand pageantry of that sport into a little cartridge or CD.

SLC Punk – Review

January 1, 2000

Salt Lake City, home of the Mormons, is the unlikely setting for this tale of two punks in the land of rednecks circa 1985.

Addicted to Murder – Review

January 1, 2000

Rachel is no ordinary vampire. She continually rises from the dead to get screwed and murdered by our serial killer protagonist, who acts like a pussy about it.

Bullet On A Wire – Review

January 1, 2000

Many joke about sending their ex a letter stating her/his HIV status is positive. In Bullet on a Wire, this prank makes its overdue debut in a motion picture.

Run, Lola, Run – Review

September 1, 1999

Lola runs. The techno blares. She passes a clock and sees that she only has ten more minutes. The movie has sixty more. How is the filmmaker going to do it?

Varsity Blues – Review

September 1, 1999

Cardboard stereotypes that rebel in boring ways at safe times, and end up in the same place as if they’d never fought the good fight in the first place.

The Speed Of Mind – Review

September 1, 1999

The tone of Patrick Hasson’s debut feature reminds me of Richard Linklater’s Slacker. The best comparison is to Harmony Korine’s overrated and confusing Gummo.

The Matrix – Review

September 1, 1999

Kind of like The Truman Show, except only a few dozen rebels are in on the gag. It’s not a complete paradise. It seems we need a certain amount of misery.

Payback – Review

September 1, 1999

The return of the mean Mel Gibson from Road Warrior (his voice is deeper and gruffer than it has been in years), yet with the humor the man is famous for.

Hurlyburly – Review

September 1, 1999

Great roles played by great actors doing practically nothing but talking and arguing (“Clarifying,” Mickey might amend), with the occasional drive in the car.

Two Guys on Paul Schrader – Column

April 1, 1999

Affliction is what you get when there’s perfect harmony between all the elements of film: The directing, writing, cinematography, set design, editing, acting…

The Last Days of Disco – Review

April 1, 1999

You learn about the characters mostly through how they interact, what they admit without realizing it, and what it’s obvious they’re trying not to say.

Contact – Review

October 1, 1997

When all is said and done, Contact isn’t about aliens; it’s about faith, a neo-new age treatise on religion.

Cop Land – Review

October 1, 1997

Writer/director James Mangold obviously didn’t want to take any chances, so not only is Stallone’s Freddy Heflin, the sheriff of a small New Jersey town populated by crooked New York cops, a badge-wearing slug, but he’s also deaf in one ear.

Spawn – Review

October 1, 1997

The best thing about the movie is John Leguizamo as the Clown/Violator. As he carts around 20-30 lbs. of foam-rubber costume, crouched over to look about five feet tall and wide, and making it look natural, he gets to spew the best one-liners of the movie.

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