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Posts from the ‘Geoff Geib’ Category

18
Jul

Movie Review – The Dark Knight (2008)

by GEOFF GEIB

Prepare yourself, gentle viewer, for The Dark Knight is very, very dark. Read more »

25
May

Movie Review – Redbelt (2008)

by GEOFF GEIB

Oh, David Mamet, how I love your halting, sparse, profanity laden dialogue from a bygone age. It’s just so…well, it is what it is and indeed it is, and it’s just so f*#king nifty. Read more »

22
Feb

Top Ten Films of 2007 by Geoff Geib

by GEOFF GEIB

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1. Eastern Promises

The entire movie pulsates with an urgency and rage that belies its calm exterior and plays just a fraction under the surface. There is only so long before it will boil over and when it does, neither we nor the characters  are truly prepared. Read more »

4
Oct

Movie Review – Eastern Promises (2007)

by GEOFF GEIB

Fresh from the exhilarating A History of Violence, director David Cronenberg returns with a deceptively straightforward tale of the Russian mafia in London. The central preoccupation of the film is the transient nature of identity, a theme Cronenberg returns to time and again in his films. Read more »

15
Sep

Movie Review – Shoot ’em Up (2007)

by GEOFF GEIB

This is a movie where the hero kills hundreds of people in a never-ending frenzy of bullets and carrots. I liked it. Read more »

6
Sep

Movie Review – Halloween (2007)

by GEOFF GEIB

Rob Zombie burst onto the movie scene in 2003 with the electric House of a 1000 Corpses, a punishing, brutal homage to 70’s horror films like Last House on the Left and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a gonzo left turn sans turn signal for a third act. It was a bravura debut, and with his latest effort, a remake of the John Carpenter masterpiece Halloween, Zombie cements his place amongst the contemporary elite of the genre. Read more »

31
Aug

Movie Review – Superbad (2007)

by GEOFF GEIB

Judd Apatow, he of Freaks and Geeks and The 40 Year Old Virgin fame, is like a really good pop song. On an intellectual level, you just know it’s not that great, and yet you find yourself humming along and tapping your foot to the beat. And like the best pop music, Apatow’s work takes a lot of viewings before you unlock its secrets. He doesn’t write or direct this latest lightweight top 40 confection, but his fingerprints are all over it. Read more »

16
Aug

Movie Review – The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

by GEOFF GEIB

It is a little disappointing that the third installment of the excellent Bourne trilogy is the epitome of the style vs. substance debate.  I think I hear the candidates in the background. Let’s listen in. Read more »

14
Aug

DVD of the Week – The Lookout (2007)

by GEOFF GEIB

One of the great pleasures of The Lookout is the progression of the characters through the story in a logical, intelligent way but within a framework of inevitability. Things are not likely to end well for the participants, but none of them can escape who they are. The same technique is played to equally strong effect, but for tragedy rather than tension, in another recent film, Alpha Dog. Read more »

8
Aug

Movie Review – Transformers (2007)

by GEOFF GEIB

I don’t hate Michael Bay. Like fellow pop-culture pariah Brett Ratner, Bay suffers unjust criticism from a world that agonizes over enormous box office receipts without the corresponding “genius” tag, and really, not even Orson Welles could be Orson Welles all the time. Read more »