Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

This sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl reunites the first movie’s director (Gore Verbinski) and screenwriters (Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio) and much of its cast (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce), and they’re desperate to knock our socks off. I was worn down by the excess: Depp’s fruity impersonation of Keith Richards (or William F. Buckley) as pirate Jack Sparrow; too many bottomless chasms on an island with too many jungle savages (after the fashion of Peter Jackson’s King Kong); Bill Nighy playing too squishy a villain with a beard of too many crawling octopus tentacles; too much violence, pop nihilism, and sick humor. But the Disney logo at the beginning is neat. PG-13, 140 min. (JR)

Published on 30 Jun 2006 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Sex Madness

A sort of spin-off of Reefer Madness, put out by the same stock-footage-happy exploitation producer and sometime director Dwain Esper a couple of years later, in 1938. A burlesque queen (Vivian McGill) contracts syphilis, gets pregnant, and infects her husband; also known as Human Wreckage and They Must Be Told, this runs only 57 minutes. (JR)

Published on 30 Jun 2006 in Featured Texts, by admin

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The Gunfighter

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Published on 30 Jun 2006 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Kansas City Confidential

The underrated and potent noir specialist Phil Karlson directed this 1952 action thriller about a bank heist, and though it isn’t a patch on his 99 River Street or The Phenix City Story, it’s still well worth checking out. With John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, and Lee Van Cleef. (JR)

Published on 23 Jun 2006 in Featured Texts, by admin

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