Speed Racer

by DeAnn Welker May 9, 2008 12:38 pm
Speed Racer

A warning for anyone who insists on going to see Speed Racer: It could cause nausea, seizures, vomiting, or leave the theme song stuck in your head (it's not used enough, but if you know the song, it's enough to leave a mark).

There is also the small problem that it doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to be and therefore makes very little sense, but that's a small quibble if you're seizing or vomiting in the theater aisle.

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Racer Rex

by Odie Henderson May 7, 2008 3:33 pm
Racer Rex

Sometimes movies give their dissenting reviewers a nice slow pitch across home plate. Naming your movie Perfect, as the makers of Jamie Lee Curtis' pre-Activia aerobics workout movie did, is an, um, perfect example of this. Critics responded that Perfect was "anything but" and "far from" its titular adjective. Having a theme song that says "Go Speed Racer Go" is an invitation to use that chorus against its owner: "Go Speed Racer Go -- and Don't Come Back!" Or, as David Edelstein put it, "No Speed Racer No."

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McG Offers Hope For Salvation

by Tippi Blevins July 22, 2008 1:34 pm
McG Offers Hope For <i>Salvation</i> Filming for Terminator Salvation is about half complete. Optimism has been cautiously building for this film since Christian Bale signed on late last year, and the impressive cast just keeps growing with additions like Josh Brolin and Helena Bonham Carter, along with rising star Sam Worthington. The main thing that's been keeping some franchise fans (myself included) from looking forward to this one with abandon is its director. Here's a guy who reimagined Charlie's Angels as an action-filled cheese-fest of fun, then followed it up with a sequel that was an action-filled snooze-fest of noise. Bigger and louder seemed to be the order of the day. Even with the well-received We Are Marshall now under his directorial belt, McG still wasn't winning a lot of converts. That may start to change, now, thanks to McG's own words, as written in the movie's official blog.

In a Heavy Metal Showdown, Iron Man Comes Out on Top

by DeAnn Welker May 12, 2008 9:50 am
In a Heavy Metal Showdown, <I>Iron Man</I> Comes Out on Top

If it weren't such a terrible movie, I might actually feel a little bad for Speed Racer being such a terrible flop at the box office. But it is, so I don't. And, to top it off, Iron Man was so great that it's easy for me to find immense joy in its second straight week at the top.

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