Year in Film: 2005

Corpse Bride

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When the Blu Ray format was announced, as a movie fan living in Japan, where the technology was developed, I should have been thrilled, but I found it hard to get excited about the new technology. I figured that the films that would most benefit from 5.1 surround sound and increased resolution would be things […]


Santa’s Slay

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It is amazing how much the horror film has become part of mainstream culture since the early ‘80s. While parent and Christian groups throw a hissy fit in 1984 when Silent Night, Deadly Night featured an insane killer who just happened to be dressed in a Santa suit, Santa’s Slay, made 21 years later, actually […]


Strangers With Candy

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TV shows based on movies, movies based on TV shows. It all seems like a bad idea to me. I rarely watch TV, and the last series I watched religiously from start to finish ended almost 10 years ago. That show was “Strangers with Candy,” a parody of the after school specials of the ‘70s […]


The Brothers Grimm

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Terry Gilliam was my childhood hero, mainly due to his films Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and slightly later, thanks to the delightfully nonsensical animated sequences I could see when “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” aired on Nick at Nite. It is always a terrible experience when your childhood heroes let you down. […]


The Notorious Bettie Page

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Every so often there is a biopic on a subject that is just a little too close to one’s previous interests, and this can actually lead to wanting to avoid these films, believing they would definitely “get it wrong” or for fear that they might shatter firmly held convictions about that person. I felt that […]


The Producers

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I have been on an ongoing Bette Davis marathon and enjoying it, but needed to take a little break, and thought I would finally get around to seeing The Producers. I put off seeing this music remake for some time. I never saw the Broadway stage adaptation of the film, but I probably would have if […]


Tideland

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Tideland has the dubious distinction of being Terry Gilliam’s least popular film. However, there are those who love it. Michael Pailin, who has collaborated with Gilliam for decades but had nothing to do with this film, told his former Monty Python partner that Tideland was either the best thing he had ever done, or the […]


Random Quote

“We stole the Statue of Liberty! ...the small one, from Las Vegas!”
-Gru (Steve Carell)
from Despicable Me