Director: Chuck Russell

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Film:The Mask

The Mask

Chuck Russell

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if The Mask (or Jim Carrey’s in-your-face mugging in general) is actually funny, or just bizarre and grotesque. And sometimes it just doesn’t matter. Carrey plays a shy, Jerry Lewis-like nerd who discovers an ancient mask that magically transforms him into a green-faced, zoot-suited Tex Avery cartoon character with no inhibitions. As Roger Ebert said of Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the actor performs “as if he’s being clocked on an Energy-O-Meter, and paid by the calorie expended.” If that’s your kind of humor,…

Film:The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

Chuck Russell

There’s nothing original in The Scorpion King, but this derivative action franchise gets off to a rousing start by cleverly stealing from a lot of better movies. Capitalizing on his brief cameo in The Mummy Returns, Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. World Wrestling Federation star the Rock) stars as Mathayus, an Akkadian assassin in the age preceding Egyptian pharaohs, who vows to avenge his brother’s murder by an undefeated warlord (Steven Brand) prophesied to become the desert-ruling Scorpion King. Their battle for supremacy comprises most of the film’s…

Film:The Blob

The Blob

Chuck Russell

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