Archive for January, 2010

19
Jan
10

The Specials (2000)

The Specials, a 2000 straight to DVD comedy written by James Gunn (Slither) and directed by Craig Mazin (Superhero Movie), is a lot like the film Mystery Men which came out around the same time (and got a theatrical run). They are both about superhero teams that are not as high up on the food chain as say a Justice League or The Avengers. These teams have rosters of people with abilities that are considered lackluster. But unlike Mystery Men, The Specials is a low budget comedy about the life of a third-rate superhero team and what it lacks in effects and action, it makes up for in hilarity and creativity.

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14
Jan
10

Big Fan (2009)

Writer/Director: Robert Siegel

Football fans, for lack of a better term, are completely insane. To them, the sport is a religion and even on days where the wind chill would kill a polar bear, they are out in the stadium shirtless, all for the sake of showing off their team’s colors. Robert Siegel’s (The Wrestler) directorial debut, Big Fan, tackles this obsession head on in a film that is not only darkly funny, but also serious and uncomfortable at the same time.

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12
Jan
10

Nights and Weekends (2008)

I have no idea what mumblecore is or where this genre of film came from. If I am to gather from watching this film, it seems like these types of films are more realistic than others, using realistic dialogue (and heavy improvisation) to create a documentary-like experience. Nights and Weekends is my first foray into this genre, and judging by this film, I could get into the rest of it. Continue reading ‘Nights and Weekends (2008)’




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