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April 24, 2006


A. M.

CLICK: Bed Bath and Beyond. Way Beyond. Funny, but still... Bet we get to see what brand the golf clubs are that he's schlepping around for some time in that trailer. It reeks of product-placement-mania.Perhaps could best be described as Family Man meets Back to the Future? This time around, competitive workaholic Family Man already has a family. Oh-ho! Can't you just see the universal lesson to be learned?When we run out of cliché stuff he'd do w/ remote, then (whispers) remote starts to overrule his choices. Now what does this remind me of? Hope IT has some fun ideas. Wheeee! Big question: Will he wake up and find it was all a dream? Stay tuned.


I assume I'm not the only one to see the undeniable similarity between Click and the Twilight Zone stopwatch episode (one of the best Twilight Zones ever.)

Frank Strovel III

You just got your new double issue of "Entertainment Weekly" also, huh?


I'm guessing you haven't read A Scanner Darkly, because watching the previews makes me think the rotoscoping animation is the ONLY way to film the novel. People have been trying to get an accurate representation of Philip K. Dick on the screen for a few decades now ... while there's no telling how the script will work, in terms of visuals, Linklater is the first to succeed.


I fully believe that "Snakes on a Plane" will be the Citizen Kane of reptiles on transportation movies.

Stephen Benson

will hillary swank's boxer get beaten to death by the devil? if so, get her another ocsar, she gets beat to death better than any other actess in the industry. wasn't there a b movie called "fer de lance" where they had snakes on a sub? oops, my bad, snakes on a sub is soooooooo different. but thanks to josh i can't here the snakes line without samuel jackson's voice.

Tom Quigley

Ken, you're convincing me that it's not worth going see anything this summer, thereby leaving me only two alternative options for entertainment: (1) watching gas prices go up, and (2) covering my body with self-inflicted hickeys (not sure which pain I’ll enjoy more)… Back-up plan: following the ongoing fun and games between Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards… BTW, I found a copy of VOLUNTEERS in a local video store here in Rochester last week. The bad news is that it was in a cut-out bin... The good news is that I had the six bucks on me that I needed to shell out for it...

Mary Stella

To think that of all the movie choices coming soon, the one I want to see most is Hoot. I love Carl Hiaasen, loved the book, and those little ground owls we have in Florida are adorable.


Ooh! Movie Preview Snark! Can I play? (Be warned: I do this for a semi-living.)DA VINCI CODE - Sorry, Ken, but that's not Mona Lisa's hair Hanks is wearing; it's Michaelangelo's David's (what you call in the biz "misdirection"). But it did distract everybody from any theological issues. But if they were going to do any serious Catholic-bashing, George Carlin or Penn Jellette would be in the cast.MI3 - There are so many people hoping that this Cruise missile explodes on the launch pad that I wouldn't be surprised if somebody sets up snipers at the theater entrances. But the Scientologists will just materialize in their seats... that's what they do, right?X-MEN LAST STAND - Kelsey Grammar as a super-mutant; Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a super-villain in MI3. There's a new psychedelic drug on the street and Hollywood's casting agents have got it!OVER THE HEDGE - I've been reading and enjoying the newspaper comic this is based on for years, and I have always been bothered by the schnozola drawn onto Verne the Turtle. As long as the animators fix that, they can screw up everything else and I'd be okay with it.POSEIDON - Okay, logic problem, folks: Titanic is to Poseidon as Star Wars is to (a) Plan 9 From Outer Space, (b) Showgirls, (c) Last Action Hero, (d) all of the above. I just hope the MI3 snipers save a few bullets for the people going to see this monumentally bad idea.HOOT: This could be an even-more perfectly titled movie than "Snakes on a youknow..." Family-friendly Walden Media partnered with Jimmy Buffett... Wil Shriner directs his twin brother Kin... Eighth-grader protragonists named Roy, Beatrice and Mullet Fingers (did Hogwarts open a campus in Florida?)... Endangered owls. O RLY? (An important insight into the taste of this writer that illuminates the rest of his reviews) AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH - "People will see a different Al Gore" in this global-warming documentary, but will it require the same special effects budget as "The Day After Tomorrow"? (I actually like Gore more than 95% of politicians, but he's such a perfect target!!) THE PROMISE - An iconic film imported from China; promises to provide insights into the Chinese character that will make Americans comfortable with letting them censor the Internet. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Agenda.Gee, I'm not even out of May yet. Gonna be a heckuva summer. And you're doing a heckuva job, Ken.

Scott the Reader

I assume you mean "Happy, Texas", and not "Paris, Texas".


Catching Amy.What will he think of next?

Ken Levine

Thanks, Scott. Made the correction.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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