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Monday, September 20 2010

Five Pluses for 'Hawaii Five-O': Reasons to Watch Yet Another Re-imagining

Hawaii Five-O’s looks, charm, and attitude may get mainlanders to take up surfing -- but not among channels.


Tuesday, March 25 2008

The Perfect Lean, Mean, Macho Machine

The Die Hard series is a true rollercoaster of visual excesses guaranteed to raise the viewer’s adrenaline levels – while invoking intriguing ideological and cultural subtexts that deal with race, gender, masculinity, and social anxieties.


Monday, July 2 2007

Die Hard Neocon

In yet another Die Hard film this summer, Bruce Willis will reprise his role as John McClane. But can the public stomach the implicit politics that animate him?


Tuesday, May 1 2007

Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.


Reviews

Friday, August 3 2012

Partial, 'Total Recall'

Movie remakes always recall what came before, and given that this one recalls a movie about recalling -- and remaking -- its drawing attention to these very activities might have been clever.


Sunday, September 19 2010

'Hawaii Five-0': Surf and Terrorism

Hawaii Five-0's first sequence is smartly staged action, fast-paced and technically impressive.


Sunday, February 8 2009

Underworld and Underworld: Evolution

Whereas The Matrix relied on hyper-cool outfits and the beauty of stylized action sequences to help tell its weird little story, Underworld relies on them to try to make us forget that we are watching a story this insipid.


Wednesday, January 2 2008

Live Free or Die Hard

Bruce Willis' career may not have mandated a fourth trip into Die Hard territory. Who knew that action fans needed it so badly?


Tuesday, June 26 2007

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Bruce Willis as John McClane is back, recalling all the retro rightness and righteousness he first incarnated in 1988.


Blogs

Friday, August 3 2012

The 10 Most Bothersome Aspects of the 'Total Recall' Remake

When your cast and your set designs are more polished than your script and your directing, you know you're in trouble.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

'Total Recall (2012)' Is Totally... Unnecessary

This update... may be more high tech and ostentatious, but it pales in comparison to the crazy quilt camp of the original.


News

Thursday, June 28 2007

If new 'Die Hard' is a hit, Timothy Olyphant can live free

MODESTO, Calif. -- If you're going to go big, go big. If you're going to go bad, go bad. If you're going to go big


Wednesday, June 27 2007

Bruce Willis talks about the tardy return of his tough-guy alter ego

Bruce Willis shoots into the hotel suite like a blue-eyed bullet, head shaved, T white, jeans pale as his orbs. The wiry actor is trim,


Thursday, June 14 2007

Mr. Cool: Bruce Willis returning to 'Die Hard' after 12 years

"Fifty percent of the time I'm right, but 50 percent of the time I'm just as wrong," he says in response to a question about his knack for choosing projects like "Die Hard" (1988) and "The Sixth Sense" (1999).


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