REVIEW: It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. [2007]

“You might be handicapped, but you’re still a man” The title It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. works as a declarative statement from co-directors Crispin Hellion Glover and David Brothers that what you’re watching is ‘normal’. Written and starring Steven C. Stewart, the film depicts a fantasized world of sex and violence—physical manifestations of the inner psyche of a man afflicted by Cerebral Palsy. Glover and Brothers want to make us aware that Stewart was not exploited; their film is not a gratuitous exercise in insensitivity or art house pornography.…

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REVIEW: What Is It? [2005]

“It’s burning” Finding out that the ever-eccentric Crispin Glover was coming to town with his new film It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. first gave way to excitement at the prospect and then curiosity to attempt catching a glimpse of his directorial debut What Is It?, both part of a planned It? Trilogy. Only viewable at his personal road shows, I’m not sure the ability to see the actual film even exists anymore. There is, however, a bootleg copy roaming the internets, and so the completist in me was able…

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REVIEW: Hot Tub Time Machine [2010]

“Look at the douchebag from Karate Kid 3” Hooray for the reunion of Steve Pink and John Cusack, screenwriter and star respectively of contemporary classics Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity. They are back and it’s with … Hot Tub Time Machine? Well, it isn’t quite the highbrow humor I was expecting from the duo, but then Pink didn’t write this one. Instead he helms the shenanigans as three old, yet currently distant, friends decide to journey back to the place that brought them their happiest memories. With Adam, (Cusack),…

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REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland [2010]

“Off with your head!” With a knack for creating imaginative worlds that can be both dark and colorful simultaneously, director Tim Burton seems like a natural fit to adapt the Wonderland of Lewis Carroll’s novels. However, for every inventive Big Fish or Edward Scissorhands come the atrocious re-envisionings of Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So, let’s just say I was scared going into Alice in Wonderland because, while the setting and art direction seemed perfect, I couldn’t help remember how bad his work from pre-existing…

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REVIEW: 9 [2009]

“You forget to remember to be scared” Is it wrong that Coheed & Cambria was playing in my head the entire length of my screening of Shane Acker’s 9? I guess that just goes to show how memorable the trailer is or how large my affinity for the band. I say that as an anecdote, though, not to cryptically express how I thought the film was boring—it’s far from it. I have not seen the 2005 Oscar nominated short for which Acker has expanded this from, but he has definitely…

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REVIEW: Beowulf [2007]

“Sins of the father” Let’s start this out with the fact that my College Professor of World Civ had us read The Epic of Gilgamesh rather than the one adapted here with Beowulf. So, I went into the film without really knowing anything of the story besides the monster Grendel and the obligatory pride as a curse, creating your own demons, etc. As shown onscreen, it is obvious that the yarn is an ancient one. Besides the archaic traditions—Queens are inherited as the wife of all who take the crown?—it…

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