Alex Mestdagh

Major League blends slapstick and dialogue

Sure the latest sequel pales in comparison to the original Major League. Sure even Charlie Sheen dodged signing on to this sequel. Sure the jokes are about as low brow as those in an Ernest movie. But keeping things in perspective, and taking the film at face value, Major League: Back to the Minors succeeds. […]

Playing with the Big Boys

The venue was perfect. Planet Hollywood: a giant playground celebrating the grandness of cinema where adults and kids alike can escape the toil of reality. Just the right place for actors Scott Bakula, Ted McGinley and Eric Bruskotter and director John Warner to fool around while entertaining questions from a bunch of college students about […]

Novel-based film shows Victorian restrictions

Looking to rent a film that will intensify the mood brought about by this miserable and melancholic weather? Well look no further. Jude (Gramercy Pictures), Michael Winterbottom’s handsome film version of Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, does just that. Kind of. Set in late 19th century England, this love story explores the passionate relationship […]

Hoffman, Travolta prove a perfect duo in Mad City

Mad City (Warner) may be a film about hostages, but it does not make audience members feel like hostages. Crisply-paced and cleverly-plotted, this contemporary thriller parallels the excitement of the journalist-as-opportunist theme in Billy Wilder’s The Big Carnival, also called Ace in the Hole (1951). Like Wilder’s noir-ish masterpiece, the new film is as cynical […]