With “Showtime,” director Tom Dey proves that his first foray – the lively “Shanghai Noon” – was no fluke. In fact, if he’s not careful, Dey may be confused as Hollywood’s new “buddy cop” director in certain circles, which would be an insult if he didn’t comprehend the formula so well.
This time around, mismatched cops Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy) and Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro) are recruited for the latest reality-based TV show, a “Cops” clone fashioned by an optimistic producer (Rene Russo) for an out-of-touch network. An actor by day, Sellars appears to have studied the “Police Academy” movies instead of his training manual. He sees the program – dubbed “Showtime” – as his ticket to stardom. Straight-laced Mitch, however, merely seeks to solve his current case, a thin set-up involving a generic Eastern European thug who’s manufacturing hand cannons for drug dealers.Despite the intended dynamic duo motif, “Showtime” is Murphy’s vehicle from the get-go. Sly, sharp and frequently funny, Murphy displays a rare return to “48 Hours” form, channeling the cocksure attitude of Reggie Hammond, or the playful confidence of Axel Foley. Meanwhile, the film’s screenplay (credited to three writers) allows De Niro to linger behind and voice the sentiments we’ve always thought during these formulaic buddy cop dramas. By feigning interest, he draws us in. He’s the perfect foil to Murphy’s raw enthusiasm.When “Showtime” attempts to actually further its story – as opposed to pointing a camera at an improvising Murphy – it relies on many of the clich
Months – even years – after Disney (“”Toy Story””) and DreamWorks (“”Shrek””) refined the formula, 20th Century Fox finally dips its feet into the CGI pool and finds the water a bit chilly. “”Ice Age,”” the studio’s first effort, travels approximately 200,000 years into the past, as a mammoth (Ray Romano), sloth (John Leguizamo) and saber tooth tiger (Denis Leary) form an unlikely alliance to return an orphaned Eskimo child to its family.
Unfortunately, the setting these characters inhabit isn’t the only prehistoric element smothering this picture. Boxy animation reminiscent of the God-toting morality play “”Davey & Goliath”” feels decidedly retro, while the by-the-numbers screenplay fails to take one risk, trudging safely through pre-planned hoops towards a painfully vanilla finale that addresses family units you form when you’ve been discarded by your own herd.Moving at the breakneck pace of a two-ton glacier, the film’s flat jokes take forever to materialize. One perceptive child sitting behind me in the screening had ample time to tell his friend what was about to happen next (“”That nut’s gonna land on the squirrel’s head!””), yet the two still broke up at the inevitable punch line. Ah, to be young and desensitized again. Adults, however, will grow weary of the screechy, cartoonish, and unbearably sadistic “”Tom and Jerry”” slapstick humor, which only goes to show how far the filmmakers behind “”Ice Age”” have regressed. Trimmed to a scant 87 minutes, the film can’t complete two frames without cracking a character in the skull (Sid the Sloth, in particular) with a stray icicle or a tumbling rock. As far as I can recall, no one got kicked in the nuts. Color me surprised. ”Ice Age” needs a hit of Ritalin as much as it needs an original idea. One sequence, a wild ride down a frozen slide, generates a spark, but little heat. If you do manage to find a nugget of humor in this wasteland, cherish it, as the film’s agitated squirrel cherishes his prized acorn. In emaciated times such as these, you never know if and when we’re ever going to laugh again.Grade: DBy Sean O’ConnellMarch 15, 2002
With two pretty good looking movies coming out this year what do you guys think of Wesley Snipes career? It seemed like it was starting to grow cold, but now it’s really starting to pick up.
If good things traditionally come in groups of three, I’m willing to bet the next DVD box set of a television series is a doozy – possibly “Benson,” “The Facts of Life” or the priceless “Family Ties.“ Because after last month’s “Buffy” collection (from Fox) and Columbia TriStar‘s latest first-season package of “The Larry Sanders Show,” I‘m beginning to think these studios want to chain me to my couch.
Not that it would be a bad thing. “Larry Sanders” remains one of the only reasons to subscribe to HBO’s sister channels, and one of the sharpest satires of late night talk to ever hit the airwaves. If you’ve lived under a rock for the past decade, or worse, lived without cable, allow me to catch you up on the cast of characters:
There is almost too many memorable scenes in this movie. Actually, the whole movie is one big brain-feeding eye feast.
But if I had to pick one scene that stands out, it’s the scene where David is taking HAL’s main core out. There is no sound except the David’s heavy breathing in the helmet, and HAL’s constant “Stop, Dave. Dave. Stop, please.” This is one of the best death scenes in the history of filmmaking, in my opinion.
Anyone catch We Were Soldiers? What are your thoughts?
Personally I thought it was just one war movie too many. If it was the only war film of the season I probably would have really liked it. But as it was, I was simply bored silly watching it. Technically it was supurb, while the acting was ok. I mean really the film had Chris Klein, Riley (from Buffy), and Greg Kinnear playing soldier boys! Sheesh.
It was almost parallel to Blackhawk Down in terms of the fact that it was wall to wall action with almost no break. There was no point or objective behind anything. The film didn’t attempt to explain anything, or what the objective of Vietnam was, etc. I understand the movie’s goal is to tell us what war is like, which is all well and good, but ultimately I just found the entire thing to be dull and surprisingly lifeless. And what was up with that stupid Irish music? Am I supposed to be watching Braveheart or an American War Movie?
I would give it an C.
Anyone see this? Thoughts, comments…
There are so many reasons why I hated this movie. It’s lame and stupid premise. The obvious self love going on by all the male cast members – that they are so “hot” that they can just slap their fingers and get any woman that they want. The fact that all the women in this film were ditzy ho-bags .
The fact that supposedly they were in San Francisco and they couldn’t find a SINGLE minority background extra! The fact that the Josh Hartnett character was supposedly a web designer and he designed a webpage that was actually for an ADVERTISING copy!!!!!!! Sheesh the least they could do is actually show a real web page and not a PRINT AD COPY!!!!! The fact that there was absolutely no chemistry between the two leads.
Will someone please explain the Josh Hartnett phenomen? I don’t get it, he’s up there with Chris Klein in the borring, can’t act, let’s just show his dowy eyes syndrom.
I mean has Hollywood totally run out of new talent that they now need to have actors appear in 2 – 5 movies a year? I mean at the beginning of We Were Soldiers they actually showed film trailers, one for another Mell Gibson movie (Signs), and TWO Ben Affeck movies! This is the 2nd or 3rd Josh Hartnet movie in two months! The 2nd Chris Klein film in two months!
Have any of these actors heard of the concept of OVER GODDAMN EXPOSURE!!!!!!
Final Grade F
The untimely death of his fiancee, Emma (Sienna Guillory), sends Columbia University professor Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce) scuttling back to his drawing boards. Four years later, the scientist emerges from a self-imposed social coma long enough to test out his invention – a time machine that allows him to return to the night his life was irreversibly changed and his love was stolen away.
However, despite a valiant effort, Alexander is unable to save Emma from destiny
Sure this MEAN MACHINE flick is flooded with re-cycled clichÃƒÂ©s of past films, but watching Vinnie Jones and Jason StathamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s impressionable performances is definitely worth the price of a tix! A guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s movie with cheers for the cons, and jeers for their Ã¢â‚¬Å“screwsÃ¢â‚¬Â?, perhaps… but the abundance of silly on-field goofs and the fantastic soccer game will indeed send the viewers guffawing boisterously! Hey, do real soccer games actually pump up so much excitement? This flick is one mean drama that allows the whole cast to kick up laughter! Yep, this lot does prove a film’s characters can have on screen chemistry! If you have a knack for good old Ã¢â‚¬Å“tavernÃ¢â‚¬Â? parlance -Cockney style – this is one fun film to watch! Psychotic players with their crazy antics, ruthlessly and insensibly nudging one another! Tough charlatans – at best! – and their power struggle out on the open field! Hurray, I’m for the cons… and I do recommend this flick, just for the sake of insenseless laughter! 😀
One of my Friends read this book called Ella Enchanted. She really enjoyed it, so i tried it to. It is a retelling of Cinderella. I thought it was exellent and recomened it to you all. It is really cool because it has all sorts of mytical charaters in like faries, gnomes, orges, elvies….and so on.
Hi everyone how are you miss me? Well I missed you. Had a hard time finally loggin on here but here I am. I have been reading though.
Michelle love what you have done to the site! 😎