January 2009

Top 3 90's College Movies

For decades, filmmakers have been using the university as the optimal setting for microcosmic character studies. It only makes sense, as college is an atmosphere of perceived freedoms under actual limitations, populated by people just beginning to know themselves. The 1990's were pretty dense years for college movies.

W: Stoned

The cultural wrangling that Oliver Stone has immersed himself in is pretty shocking. Really, what aspect of American life can he work with next?

W, notable for being released during the presidency of G.W. Bush as opposed to after it, ends up feeling like a farce as much as the filmic distillation of a man.

Oscar Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced this morning and to those who had been following the copious amounts of buzz in film trades and websites, there was very little surprise. As always, a majority of the nominations came for films that were released during the 'Oscar push' that is the fall season.

The Family Stone

Sarah Jessica Parker plays an uptight city girl named Meredith who spend the holidays with her boyfriend's family. The only problem is no one in the family likes her. She doesn't know when to stop talking, is always saying or doing the wrong thing, constantly clearing her throat in nervousness and just can't seem to do anything to please the family.


Think of all the things you could do if you could see the future, if even for only two short minutes at a time. Next, staring Nicolas Cage can do just that. Keeping his talent very low key to avoid being in the lime light with the government as a guinea pig, he works as a Vegas magician.


Channel surfing to find something worth watching, I stumbled upon 1408. Another movie created by horror genius, Steven King, I was once again left afraid of the dark before falling asleep. Starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, the movie is very well put together. John Cusack plays the character of a writer.

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Based on the novel written by best selling author Tom Robins, Uma Thurman stars playing Sissy Hankshaw, the over sized thumb toting hitch hiker. Mocked by her family and all others around her while growing up, she took one of her dad's comments to heart about her only being good at hitch hiking, if she were a boy.

P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love you is a heart breaking romance that will bring a tear to even your man's eye. Starring Hilary Swank in the staring role of Holly, she plays a young widow dealing with the loss of her husband Gerry, played by Gerard Butler.

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories, staring Adam Sandler and Courtney Cox wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. From the previews, you’re given the impression that there is a lot of story telling going on that turns into fantasy brought to life. However, that is not the case. Granted there are parts of the story telling that do turn into real world action but each with a certain twist to the story being told.

Howard The Duck

Good news for fans of cult films from the 1980's: Howard The Duck, the box-office dud from producer George Lucas, is finally getting the DVD treatment. Arriving March 10 of this year, the Disc will feature numerous Featurettes ranging from Special Effects to a Retrospective documentary and it will be there first time the United States has seen the film in the digital format.