The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Like a lot of Terry Gilliam’s films, his latest, “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” is a strange and chaotic affair that is more interested in stuffing your eyeballs with endless circus-on-acid imagery than it is in a cogent narrative. (more…)

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Invictus

Invictus

Film review by: Witney Seibold

One would assume that, upon hearing that Clint Eastwood (who will be 80 this year) was making a sports movie, that it would be, without fail, a film about an underdog baseball team. Perhaps playing in the 1930s.  Odd, then, that Eastwood would decide to make a film about the historical World Cup match between the South African and New Zealand rugby teams. Odder still, that the impetus for the underdog team to win was a not-so-secret presidential decree from the saintly Nelson Mandela. (more…)

Published in: on January 5, 2010 at 4:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Informant!

The Informant!

Film review by: Witney Seibold

The Informant

I love movies about people who behave compulsively. Gamblers, sex addicts, thieves, mysophobics (that’s fear of germs and filth). Mark Whitaker (Matt Damon), the main character of Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!,” is a compulsive liar. (more…)

Published in: on October 12, 2009 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Basterds, Roth and Pitt

Quentin Tarantino’s new WWII epic is disrespectful, reductionist, immature, an adolescent power fantasy, and probably one of the best films of the year. (more…)

Published in: on September 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm  Comments (3)  

In the Loop

In the Loop

Film review by: Witney Seibold

In the Loop 1

The insults fly, rapid fire, from the lips of all the characters in “In the Loop.” People froth, underestimate, browbeat, belittle, lie, and outright insult their peers and co-workers. At times, it almost feels like a particularly witty and British version of one on David Mamet’s films.  What’s more, “In the Loop” is full of impenetrable political shoptalk that audiences will have trouble understanding, and, it seems pretty clear, few of the characters fully understand themselves. (more…)

Published in: on September 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm  Comments (1)  

In My Skin

In My Skin
Film review by: Witney Seibold

In My Skin
We are all curious about our bodies. Every time I hear mention of a human’s inability to kiss their own elbow, someone in the room will indeed try. If you did just now, don’t be embarrassed. (more…)

Published in: on August 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicioin

Whydunnit
Film review by: Witney Seibold

Investigation
He saunters into her apartment, smug grin on his face. She awaits him there, wearing very little, also smiling. “How are you going to kill me today?” she asks mischievously. “I’m going to cut your throat,” he replies. They make love. (more…)

Published in: on August 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm  Comments (1)  

The In-Laws (2003)

The In-Laws (2003)
Film review by: Witney Seibold

The In-Laws 2003
            To its credit, Andrew Fleming’s new comedy “The In-Laws” does have a few slight improvements to the usual Wedding Comedy. For one, it’s a Jewish wedding, and we briefly glimpse a female rabbi. There’s also a part in it for Robin Tunney who, while having made other crappy movies in her day (“End of Days” springs to mind), is able to keep dignity, and bring a shred of integrity to the otherwise dull proceedings. O.k. Maybe those aren’t stellar improvements, but at least they’re differences enough to make “The In-Laws” stand out. O.k. O.k. “The In-Laws” doesn’t stand out. It’s a mediocre comedy that wastes the talents of the people involved. (more…)

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Identity

I.D., Please
Film review by: Witney Seibold

Identity
            “Identity,” the new thriller from director James Mangold (“Girl, Interrupted”), and writer Michael Cooney (the “Jack Frost” movies), is a difficult film for me to discuss. (more…)

Published in: on May 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

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            Judd Apatow, the director of “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” had nothing to do with John Hamburg’s “I Love You, Man,” but it is now clear that Apatow’s comic influence has officially rattled the zeitgeist cage. (more…)

Published in: on April 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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