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Batman (1966)

By DLFerguson, published on Nov 20, 2007

Most moviegoers today are only familiar with the Tim Burton film version of Batman in which The Caped Crusader was re-invented as a grim and somber guardian of a Gotham City that looks as if a lunatic designed it. That version was in turn inspired by Frank Miller’s legendary ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ which in itself was inspired by the revolutionary reworking of the character back in the ‘70’s by Denny O’Neal and Neal Adams, who took the character from his campy ‘60’s incarnation and brought him more back in line with what Batman’s creator, Bob Kane had envisioned. However,... (more)

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Barton Fink (Movie Review)

By DLFerguson, published on Nov 19, 2007

Joel and Ethan Coen are masters at what they do; making entertaining movies that have a lot more going on than you see the first time. They've made some of my favorite films such as "Raising Arizona","Blood Simple" "O Brother Where Art Thou?", and the magnificent "Miller's Crossing", which is one of the best gangster movies ever made. If you haven't seen any of their movies, you need to rectify that error the next time you wonder what to rent for a Friday or Saturday night. BARTON FINK was written when the Brothers Coen claimed they suffered writer's block while they were working on the screenplay... (more)

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Full Metal Jacket

By DLFerguson, published on Nov 14, 2007

Occasionally the subject of Vietnam war movies will come up when I’m having one of my well known heated discussions about movies with friends and fellow movies fanatics (damn 'em all to hell, I say) and everybody will start slinging around their candidate for best Vietnam war movies and while everybody knows and loves 'Platoon', 'Apocalypse Now' and 'The Deer Hunter', you don’t hear many people today mention movies like 'Hamburger Hill' (which has some excellent work by Dylan McDermott and Courtney B. Vance) or 'Who’ll Stop The Rain' (starring my fellow Aquarian Nick Nolte. We were both... (more)

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire

By DLFerguson, published on Nov 14, 2007

I remember reading a bunch of articles in various movie magazines such as Cinescape and Cinefantasque a couple of months before ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE hit movie theaters and most of the articles were gushing on and on about the producers hiring the same linguist who created the Klingon language for Star Trek to create an Atlantean language for the movie. Now, you have to wonder why the producers went to all that trouble since the Atlantean language is heard on screen for maybe 30 seconds and written Atlantean is hardly seen. And in any case, the main character translates it for the rest of... (more)

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Death Proof

By DLFerguson, published on Nov 4, 2007

Once upon a time there was this street in Manhattan. 42end Street. Now before you jump up and say; "It's still there." Let me say that no. It' not. Oh, 42nd Street is there. But it's not there. Give me a minute to explain. Back in the 70's and 80's you could go to 42end Street between 7th and 8th Avenue and on both sides on the street there were nothing but movie theaters. Cheap movie theaters that showed double and even triple features. And when I say cheap I mean $2 or $3 bucks. That's right. You could go see two movies for three lousy dollars and stay in the theater until it... (more)

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American Gangster

By DLFerguson, published on Nov 3, 2007

This isn't the first time that Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe have squared off against each other in a movie. Anybody remember the 1995 sci-fi thriller "Virtuosity"?

In that one, Denzel Washington was the cop and Russell Crowe was the bad guy, a virtual reality serial killer unleashed on the real world. In the years between "Virtuosity" and AMERICAN GANGSTER both actors have made an impressive amount of really fine films and they've both won Best Actor Oscars.

Both men have achieved a level of respect and professional achievement that few actors today can claim. And separately... (more)

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Planet Terror (Movie Review)

By DLFerguson, published on Nov 3, 2007

PLANET TERROR begins with go-go dancer Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) quitting her job and hitting the road to pursue her dream of being a stand-up comedian. She herself doesn't think she's very funny but since everybody she knows says she's hilarious she figures what the hell. Cherry literally hits the road when she's almost run over by a convoy of Army trucks heading for a military base outside of Austin, Texas led by the smirkingly sinister Abby (Naveen Andrews) and Lt. Muldoon (Bruce Willis) who are looking for canisters of a top secret biological weapon hidden at the base. In a movie... (more)

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You Say You'd Like More Movie Reviews? Glad You Asked

By DLFerguson, published on Oct 23, 2007

First of all I'd like to thank all of you who were thoughtful enough to email me personally and ask questions about my writings. My movie reviews in particular. Some of you even asked me why don't I do an entire book of movie reviews. Little do you know that you should never give me such an opening. "And why is that?" .... some wiseguy in the twelfth row shouts out. Because I already have. DERRICK FERGUSON'S MOVIE REVIEW NOTEBOOK was published earlier this year and if you'd be at all interested in a copy for yourself then bounce on over here for further... (more)

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Why Did I Get Married? Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Oct 14, 2007

Tyler Perry qualifies as an authentic American success story as far as I'm concerned. Here's a black man who didn't let poverty, physical abuse, homelessness, depression and years of self-sabotage beat him down. He didn't whine or cry about how The White Man Is Holding Me Down. He worked, he sacrificed and he believed that he had a unique voice that had something to say. And sometimes that's all you need to start your empire off with. Gradually he began making a name for himself by writing and producing plays targeted for African-American audiences. He organized his own touring company... (more)

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The Brave One

By DLFerguson, published on Oct 1, 2007

Maybe because she’s been around for so long we tend to take Jodie Foster for granted and forget just how terrific an actress she is. I remember first seeing her in the psychological thriller “The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane” way the hell back in 1975. And in recent years I’ve tremendously enjoyed her in “Maverick” "Contact" “Anna And The King” “Flightplan” “Inside Man” and of course, “The Silence of The Lambs”. She’s one of the few child actresses who successfully made the transition to adult stardom. She enjoys great critical and financial acclaim and... (more)

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