Posts Tagged ‘Quick Reviews’

Brian Thomas’ Film Shorts: The Dive From Clausen’s Pier (2005)

The Dive From Clausen’s Pier is a Lifetime movie, so right away you need to know it is geared to the female variety.  So why am I watching this movie? As most of you know, I co-host our Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast The Art of Slaying with J. Newcastle.  In doing so I also [...]

J’s Short Movie Reviews: The Relic

The Relic bills itself as the “next evolution in terror.” The book? Maybe. It’s actually a good page-turner. But the movie is an ill-conceived collection of horror/thriller/sci-fi movie cliches. And that’s a shame because the source material is a good character study and fun mystery. The screenplay (cobbled together by four writers) is a total [...]

J’s Short Movie Reviews: Leap Year

As rom-coms go, Leap Year (staring Amy Adams as somewhat jaded woman who travels to Dublin to propose to her long-time non-committal boyfriend on Feb. 29) is trite, badly paced, and ultimately so predictable it’s stupid. Adams is a fine actress but this script does her no favors. Hallmark writes better “love” dialogue than this. [...]

J.’s Short Movie Reviews: Open Range

Open Range is a masterpiece in the Western genre. The premise is very simple and that’s what makes the story so accessible. Land barons vs. Free rangers. The best westerns are always the ones with the simplest plots. This is also one of my favorite Kevin Costner performances. His portrayal of Charley, the former killer [...]

J.’s Short Movie Reviews: Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank Redemption is one of the best male-driven drama films of the last century. I was never bored with the story or any of the characters. Frank Darabont’s directing hand is steady and sure. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman really brought the A-game. Those two chewed up the screen without overpowering one another. And hats [...]

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