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Porn for Nerds, the worst of both worlds

Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent touts itself as a “cyber-thriller”, proving nothing much has changed in 200 years: Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good. Samuel Johnson (attributed) Written by a committee of hackers, programmers and computer security consultants, ... Read More »

Collateral

Over the weekend, I caught a showing of Collateral. But, before I get into that, I should talk about the theatre itself. The showing I saw was in the “club section.” Tickets ran about 25% more, and they had reserved seating. Not to mention that the seats were larger, with more legroom. I don’t know if I would pay the ... Read More »

100 Overlooked films from the 90’s

I liked a number of them (The Straight Story, Hamlet, The Spanish Prisoner, Jacob’s Ladder) while scratching my head as to how they left some out (Looking For Richard, Dark City, South Park — one of the great satirical musicals). I’m sure you’ll do the same. Thanks to Frank for the tip. Read More »

Kill Bill Vol. 2 DVD Review

Ever watch a movie in a theater and leave being completely unsure about what you’ve just seen? You get into the car and just kind of stare blankly at the dash, baffled by what just unfolded. “Kill Bill Vol. 1” was one of those movies except for the fact that I stared at my TV screen after watching the DVD. ... Read More »

review: Alien Vs. Predator

Take two well-known sci-fi franchises and merge them into a film in such a way that you can be assured of a huge audience, but also, that the sum is greater than the parts. Or as great. This film isn’t it. Alien Vs. Predator is a cold, calculated “product” that is too contrived and formulaic to provide much intrigue or ... Read More »

Spartan

Spartan 5/5 This is an extraordinary, taut, political espionage thriller. It kept me guessing and totally involved. Val Kilmer plays a special ops trainer called in to recover the kidnapped daughter of the President. Her captors just see her as a beautiful blonde and don’t know who she is. She’s one of the many blondes kidnapped and brought to the ... Read More »

Movie Review: Collateral

Michael Mann takes a break from bidding for an Oscar with a return to the dark, gritty style he pioneered back in his Miami Vice days. Collateral is a taut thriller carried equally by Mann’s direction and bravura performances by Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. Foxx plays Max, a Los Angeles taxi driver with big dreams and a slight obsessive ... Read More »