Upstage Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 The Baxter (2005) Kam Williams A droll romantic comedy that relies on a self-deprecating brand of humor which must be a bit of an acquired taste. The film's utter predictably sinks this exercise in obviousms, making its few funny moments not worth waiting for. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2007
2/4 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Kam Williams Check your brain at the box-office to enjoy this brand of politically-incorrect hilarity poking fun mostly at gays, women and the French, all aimed at a redneck crowd with an average I.Q. of about 75. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
1/4 Tsotsi (2005) Kam Williams Don't be fooled by the subtitles and the egg head accolades. This pretentious mess is just another country's version of 50 Cent-style fare. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
4/4 Protocols of Zion (2005) Kam Williams A picture which makes a great case against intolerance simply by shedding a bright light on ignorance. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
3.5/4 The Oh in Ohio (2006) Kam Williams Tongue-in-cheek humor that's kinda kinky around the edges. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2007
4/4 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005) Kam Williams A surprisingly-moving message movie about love and redemption filled with sentimental and transformational moments leading to tearjerker of a finale. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2007
2/4 The Hidden Blade (2004) Kam Williams A character-driven, martial arts adventure more concerned with motivations than karate moves. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2007
3.5/4 Changing Times (2004) Kam Williams This poignant, flashback flick, is worthwhile for the opportunity to see a couple of seasoned pros, its very well-acquainted leads, Oscar-nominees Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve, opposite each other again, for the seventh time in their careers. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2007
1/4 The Matador (2005) Kam Williams A chemistry-free buddy flick. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2007
3/4 Only Human (2004) Kam Williams A rare, optimistic ray of hope about the prospects of Jewish-Muslim relations. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2007
2/4 Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) Kam Williams Proves it's better to burn out, than to fade away. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2007
2/4 The Room (2003) Kam Williams Mom, Interrupted. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2007
3.5/4 Take the Lead (2006) Kam Williams Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2007
4/4 Adam & Steve (2005) Kam Williams A lighthearted look at gay love, and a far more honest and ultimately more touching exploration of the theme than what we got up on Brokeback Mountain. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2007
3.5/4 Look Both Ways (2005) Kam Williams Not a feel-good flick, yet likely to strike a chord with those inclined to contemplate life as a pessimistic venture guided by the unpredictable vagaries of the fickle finger of fate. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 Clerks II (2006) Kam Williams Deliberately disgusting, scatological, profane and vulgar, which makes this critic a bit embarrassed to admit that he found himself frequently laughing out loud at such offensive and obscene material. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
4/4 Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) Kam Williams Given the shortsighted shenanigans engaged in by these corporate-oriented politicians and greedy captains of industry, is it any wonder that we'd end up mired in the Middle East to ensure the flow of oil? Who killed the electric car? The usual suspects. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
1/4 The Second Chance (2006) Kam Williams A modern morality play whose positive messages are undercut by its pandering, paternalistic tone. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
4/4 Don't Move (2004) Kam Williams Plausibly explores the question of whether a liaison initially based on a carnal assault and fueled by an unquenchable lust has any chance of evolving into a relationship based on intimacy, affection and genuine trust. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2/4 Jarhead (2005) Kam Williams A series of disjointed, shocking, and often unintentionally-humorous vignettes designed to celebrate boy-boy camaraderie while fomenting anti-Arab sentiments in the name of God, mom, and Apple Pie. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
3.5/4 Sorry, Haters (2005) Kam Williams A psychological thriller with a cleverly-concealed subplot likely to surprise even the best of cinema sleuths. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
3.5/4 Edvard Munch (1975) Kam Williams Takes a fairly encyclopedic approach to present an unparalleled probe into the mind of an art icon. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
4/4 () Kam Williams This time out, the sassy senior citizen has toned-down her act to offset her trademark intensity with an equal measure of inspirational advice. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
3.5/4 Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) Kam Williams A claustrophobic bio-pic which telescopes tightly on the torture of the fearless activist till her demise after less than a week in the hands of Hitler's sadistic interrogators. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
4/4 Torremolinos 73 (2003) Kam Williams A bawdy sitcom which careens back and forth between the ridiculous and the sublime. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
3/4 One Third (2006) Kam Williams A valuable examination of the intersection of Eastern and Western philosophies from a distinctly Asian perspective. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
0/4 The Weather Man (2005) Kam Williams Narrated by Nic Cage in a zombie-like monotone, this flick is not only gross and morose, but relentlessly depressing. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2007
2/4 Rent (2005) Kam Williams Recommended, but only for shut-ins who can't make it to a local live theater production of the play. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2007
3/4 Firewall (2006) Kam Williams Another edge-of-your-seat, roller coaster ride from a matinee idol everybody loves to root for. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2007
1/4 The Pink Panther (2006) Kam Williams Without a whit of subtlety, this tired retread induces nary a laugh, only groans of disbelief that we're expected to find such a sorry string of dumb puns, infantile farts, awful accents and endless pratfalls funny. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2007
3.5/4 Through the Fire (2005) Kam Williams Valuable not because of sebastian Telfair's ultimate triumph, but because of how effectively it contrasts his achievement with the plight of so many other aspiring athletes for whom the fantasy of a pro career ultimately fails to materialize. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2007
1/4 The Legend of Zorro (2005) Kam Williams The ludicrous plot and special effects featuring cartoon physics means this zero is strictly for those under the age of eight or so. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
0/4 Elizabethtown (2005) Kam Williams A meandering mood piece, with no tension, no chemistry, no character development, no plot and no point. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
2/4 Who Gets to Call It Art? (2005) Kam Williams You are likely to enjoy this bio-pic to the extent that you buy into the idea that one effete snob ought to define an aesthetic for the rest of us slobs. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
1/4 Junebug (2005) Kam Williams To get a good idea of what to expect, think Hee Haw presented as a Shakespearean melodrama. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
3/4 My Date With Drew (2004) Kam Williams A reality movie which turns entirely on the likeability of a nerd in heat. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
0/4 Lord of War (2005) Kam Williams This film fails so miserably don't be surprised to find yourself often rooting against the supposed good guy. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2007
1/4 The New World (2005) Kam Williams A two-and-a-half-hour cinematic mosaic meant by Malick more as a monument to himself than to the misrepresented maiden it presumes to memorialize. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2007
1/4 Underclassman (2005) Kam Williams It's mind-boggling that such relentlessly offensive trash ever finds financial backing from a major Hollywood studio. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2007
3/4 Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2003) Kam Williams Not a particularly overtly political documentary, yet effective, given that Monsieur Henri was most definitely blessed with an eye for freezing reality via the magic of still photography. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2007
4/4 Marjoe (2000) Kam Williams Especially entertaining is this con man's exposing all the tricks of the trade, from how he healed confederates feigning illnesses to the special gestures and vocal cadences designed to hypnotize his gullible followers. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2007
1/4 April's Shower (2003) Kam Williams With the preordained outcome of telegraphed in its opening scene, all that's left to enjoy of this mean-spirited melodrama, are politically-incorrect laughs at the expense of a bizarre cross-section of California kooks. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
1/4 Transporter 2 (2005) Kam Williams Preposterous! EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
4/4 Vodka Lemon (2003) Kam Williams Worthwhile for the cinematography alone, which is nothing short of inspired, such as the love scene shot through the pale pattern of a lace curtain, which dissolves almost imperceptibly into the whiteout of a steady blizzard. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
3/4 Match Point (2005) Kam Williams Proves to be an intriguing enough adventure, provided you haven't seen Crimes and Misdemeanors and don't mind rooting for a despicable, amoral philanderer. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
4/4 The Producers (2005) Kam Williams Be prepared to laugh from the opening credits through the closing credits. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
4/4 Munich (2005) Kam Williams Ever so subtly, Spielberg masterfully conveys the toll which the inordinate tension of their job and the mechanics of their methods take on his subjects' souls. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
4/4 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Kam Williams A wonderful message movie, warts-an-all! EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
3.5/4 The Beautiful Country (2004) Kam Williams Worthwhile as an informative and touching reminder of the existence of a forgotten set of innocent victims of the Vietnam conflict. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2007
4/4 The Deserted Station (2002) Kam Williams A sweet, little unpretentious slice-of-life flick from Iran which, while highlighting the arid region's visually-arresting, utter desolation, ever so subtly hints at the tension between a simmering feminism and traditional Muslim values. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2007