All posts for the month September, 2006

Jackass Number Two

Movie review by Greg Carlson Following a handful of half-hearted attempts to penetrate Hollywood as a comic actor, Johnny Knoxville returns to form as the leader of one of the most obnoxious and fearless crews of louts to appear on the big screen. Belonging to a strange genre almost completely its own, “Jackass Number Two” […]

The Black Dahlia

Movie review by Greg Carlson A rather odious piece of genre-worshiping cheese, Brian De Palma’s adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel “The Black Dahlia” is a tremendous disappointment and a near-complete misfire. De Palma, who hasn’t made a truly electrifying movie in a very long time, is the sort of director who insists that every possible […]


Movie review by Greg Carlson Structured like “Citizen Kane” meets “Rashomon, ” “Hollywoodland” speculates on the death of actor George Reeves, who played the Man of Steel on television from 1952 to 1958 (following an appearance in the low-budget quickie “Superman and the Mole-Men”). For generations of grade-school kids, Reeves’ demise has been the subject […]


Movie review by Greg Carlson A consistently charming glimpse into the world of crossword puzzles, their creators, and the folks – both regular and famous – who solve them, “Wordplay” is a delightful documentary in the same vein as “Spellbound.” Even though its brainy subject matter might at first glance seem like a solitary activity […]