Archive for 2007

Charlie Bartlett

Posted in Comedy, Drama with tags on August 8, 2008 by Mark Hobin

PhotobucketPhotobucketComing of age film about high school life is clearly influenced by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But while that film was light and funny, this comedy drama takes on teen suicide and drug abuse to make a film wildly uneven in tone.

Married Life

Posted in Crime, Drama, Romance with tags on July 30, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Stagy, low key, ensemble piece about a man who has an extramarital-affair. Set in America during the late 40s, the story vacillates between sophisticated comedy then heavy drama, but ultimately winds up being neither, just boring.

The Mist

Posted in Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller with tags on July 21, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Average B-movie horror film from a Stephen King novella complete with religious fanatics, stupid behavior, and the standard “twist” ending.

Persepolis

Posted in Animation, Biography, Drama, War with tags on July 15, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Dark, stylized, hypnotic cartoon recounts a young girl’s coming of age at the time of the Iranian revolution and beyond. Depressing film’s main character is difficult to like despite her tough life.

The Bucket List

Posted in Comedy, Drama with tags on July 7, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Overlysimplified tale of 2 men living out their last days. Saccharine and formulaic story is enhanced by the personalities of Nicholson and Freeman.