Author: Nicholas Schager

Chaos (2001)

Chaos (2001)

Coline Serreau's Chaos is never quite sure of what it wants to be. The story of a Parisian woman who becomes involved with a prostitute fleeing a gang of pimps, the film could easily be...

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2008

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Metallica's St. Anger - the legendary metal band's first album of new material since the touchy-feely twin horrors Load (1996) and Re-Load (1997) - is a dense, sonically messy one-note return to their speed metal...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Chaos

Chaos

Coline Serreau's Chaos is never quite sure of what it wants to be. The story of a Parisian woman who becomes involved with a prostitute fleeing a gang of pimps, the film could easily be...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Hole In One

A Hole In One

Quirky to the point of irritation, Richard Ledes' A Hole in One trades in inventive oddities at the expense of dealing with human emotion. A surrealistic period piece about humanity's hunger for quick-fix solutions to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Reconstruction

Reconstruction

It's a bad omen when, in a film's opening moments, the narrator intones, "It is all a film. It is all a construction." Underlining the fact that we're experiencing an artificial construct, besides being wholly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Call it L.A. Confidential lite. In Ron Shelton's derivative new police corruption drama - adapted from a story by Confidential scribe James Ellroy - Kurt Russell stars as Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr., a self-professed gunslinger...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Coffee And Cigarettes

Coffee And Cigarettes

Coffee and cigarettes. What is it about this magical combination of caffeine and cancer that's so irresistible to millions of café and pub patrons around the world? Despite its title, don't go looking to Jim...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sky High

Sky High

The high school melodrama gets feebly super-charged in Sky High, a tween-oriented Disney adventure made from the spare parts of Harry Potter, Spy Kids, X-Men and '80s teen romances like Some Kind of Wonderful. Without...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dirty Pretty Things

Dirty Pretty Things

The title of Stephen Frears' new film Dirty Pretty Things revels in contradiction. The same might be said of the film itself, which is part melodrama, part social critique, and part black comedy all rolled...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Downfall

Downfall

Is it possible to make a film about Hitler and his regime's final days without humanizing the Nazis? Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall (Der Untergang) proves to be a harrowing recreation of the Nazi elite's last stand...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spellbound (2002)

Spellbound (2002)

Jeffrey Blitz's Spellbound focuses its gaze on eight children as they make their way to the annual National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The subjects Blitz chose for his fascinating documentary come in all shapes...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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