Paranoid Park; Or, Teenage Crime and Punishment

Paranoid Park. 2007. Directed & Written by Gus Van Sant; based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson. Starring Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Dan Liu, Lauren McKinney, & Scott Green. MK2/Maximum Films/IFC Films. Rated 14A. 84 minutes. Drama ★★★★ Gus Van Sant is yet another American director by which I’mContinue reading “Paranoid Park; Or, Teenage Crime and Punishment”

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Danny Boyle’s Sunshine Takes Its Sci-Fi Seriously

Sunshine. 2007. Directed by Danny Boyle. Screenplay by Alex Garland. Starring Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, & Michelle Yeoh. 20th Century Fox/DNA Films/Ingenious Film Partners/MPC. Rated 14A. 107 minutes. Adventure/Sci-Fi/Thriller ★★★★1/2 Ever since first laying my eyes upon Trainspotting, I’ve more or less knelt at the altarContinue reading “Danny Boyle’s Sunshine Takes Its Sci-Fi Seriously”

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Take a Tense Little Ride with Trigger Man

Trigger Man. 2007. Directed, Edited, & Written by Ti West. Starring Reggie Cunningham, Ray Sullivan, Sean Reid, Heather Robb, James Felix McKenney, Seth Abrams, & Larry Fessenden. KINO International/Glass Eye Pix/Scareflix/CCR Productions. Unrated. 80 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★1/2  This is a slightly unusual film out of Ti West’s filmography. He is a great director, in myContinue reading “Take a Tense Little Ride with Trigger Man”

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Joshua Makes You Question the Nature or Nurture of Evil

Joshua. 2007. Directed by George Ratliff. Screenplay by David Gilbert & Ratliff. Starring Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, Celia Weston, Dallas Roberts, Michael McKean, Jacob Kogan, Nancy Giles, Linda Larkin, Alex Draper, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Ezra Barnes, Jodie Markell, Rufus Collins, Haviland Morris, & Tom Bloom. ATO Pictures. Rated 14A. 106 minutes. Drama/Horror/Thriller ★★★★ The creepyContinue reading “Joshua Makes You Question the Nature or Nurture of Evil”

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Paranormal Activity’s Modern Hauntings

Paranormal Activity. 2007. Directed & Written by Oren Peli. Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, and Ashley Palmer. Solana Films/Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 86 minutes. Horror ★★★★ When done correctly, I am a huge fan of found footage. Whether it’s using the thriller style, as I recently enjoyed in the film 419, orContinue reading “Paranormal Activity’s Modern Hauntings”

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30 Days of Night: Scary Vampires, Flawed Script

30 Days of Night. 2007. Directed by David Slade. Screenplay by Stuart Beattie/Brian Nelson/Steve Niles; based on the comic by Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith. Starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Boone Junior, Mark Rendall, Amber Sainsbury, Manu Bennett, Megan Franich, Joel Tobeck, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Nathaniel Lees, and Peter Feeney. ColumbiaContinue reading “30 Days of Night: Scary Vampires, Flawed Script”

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