Vadim has written 7 reviews for films rated .

  • A Question of Faith

    A Question of Faith

    "Most Pure Flix productions—the flagship God’s Not Dead films, The Case For Christ, I’m Not Ashamed—stick to a fundamentalist emphasis on the importance of testifying to faith in every possible arena, with a healthy dose of persecution paranoia for garnish. The comparatively innocuous A Question Of Faith is a surprisingly unrelenting lecture on the dangers of texting while driving (a phrase said way more times than the name of Jesus), with a secondary emphasis on why it’s good to be…

  • War Room

    War Room

    The 7 PM Thursday (i.e., night before official Friday release) crowd for War Room was about 40 strong and totally into it; there was a lot of whopping, cheering, "amen"-ing at appropriate moments throughout (like when the heroine repudiates Satan from her suburban doorstep), etc. You rarely get an audience that's that unforcedly happy to be there, for what it's worth. Since this was my second "faith-based" (i.e., evangelical Christian — the term falsely implies movies are also being made…

  • Charlie Countryman

    Charlie Countryman

    [Destined for Sight & Sound until the film was wisely pulled from UK release altogether.]

    Immediately after his less-than-stellar mother’s death, Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) has a nice chat with her disembodied spirit. She (Melissa Leo) apologizes for her terrible parenting (“I was always wrapped up in my own crap”) and tells him to go to Bucharest. There, through a series of weakly “wacky” incidents, Charlie falls in love with Romanian cellist Gabi Ibanescu (Evan Rachel Wood, whose accent and bowing…

  • The Haunting in Connecticut

    The Haunting in Connecticut

    Watched this so I could be better prepared to review The Haunting Of Connecticut: Ghosts Of Georgia for Sight & Sound , which is dumb — I knew from reading up the two are connected in name only (there's a third too), but I was wondering if there were any secret connections. (I found one in the review to make it count, but whatever.) Might as well be called When Daguerreotypes Attack, since lots of sinister photos lead to ghosts, yelling, shrieking,…

  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

    The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

    Reviewed for Sight & Sound, not online. I'm the most easily scared person around, but watching weak-ass shit like this just might cure me of my horror movie aversion; this is about as tepid as the random jump-cut approach works. And what's supposed to be inherently sinister about sepia anyway?

  • Grown Ups

    Grown Ups

    A really depressing movie. Mostly Sandler & co. do the dozens on each other, but they're not very funny. This is how Salma Hayek is described in husband Sandler's presence: "What a spicy quesadilla you got yourself there Lenny." Opens with Sandler ranting against video games, and the weekend's biggest triumph is when the cell-phone-deprived kids finally get the nature of Real Analog Fun. A subplot has David Spade chided for drinking too much, with the parents responsibly sticking to one…

  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    "Sight & Sound" review, not online. Staggeringly lame.