Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 8; Summer 2005

August 30, 2005

Films Reviewed: Red Eye and The 40-Year Old Virgin

Commentary: Dragon*Con!

Special Guest: Local Filmmaker Ly Bolia

Regarding Red Eye:

Matt: Rachel McAdams has been on a hot streak lately, but this film won't do her any favors.  The thrills here are telegraphed and the outcome is very, very dull.  To borrow a critic's cliché: Even if you're on an airplane, walk out.  One star.

Aron: Well, this is much better than Wes Craven's last non-horror outing.  Cillian Murphy makes a pretty good antagonist and the suspense works in all the right places.  Nothing to really seek out, but still all right.  Three stars.

Average Rating: ** (out of ****)

Regarding The 40-Year Old Virgin:

Aron: Steve Carrell is pretty funny as the title character, a 40 year old who just hasn't done "it" yet.  What could have been crass and exploitative is pretty innocent and sweet (for an R-Rated sex comedy, that is).  Not bad at all.  Three stars.

Matt: The movie may hit close to home to a lot of us, but it does so without being too mean.  Catherine Keener is also good as the object of the title character's affection.  The film does go on a bit long, though.  But stay through the film.  Three stars.

Average Rating: *** (out of ****)

Commentary: Labor Day weekend in the Atlanta area means Dragon*Con.  Aron and Matt took a few minutes to profile the annual event.  Click on the above link to learn more!

Special Guest: Aron and Matt were thrilled to have local filmmaker Ly Bolia stop by to discuss his new short, Once Upon a Jedi, which will be showing this year at Dragon*Con.  Click on the above link to learn more!