Archive for August, 1999

Bowfinger

Bowfinger

| August 24, 1999

Have you every wanted to make a movie, Binky? Have you ever imagined yourself sitting behind the wheel of your Mercedes, cell phone pressed to your ear with Bruce Willis on hold while you’re sweet-talking Demi on the other line? Having lunch at Le Dome? Shopping on Rodeo? Sunsets at Malibu? Snap out of it, […]

Dick

Dick

| August 23, 1999

If you’re old enough to remember Watergate, and to have a first-hand opinion about it, then you’ll probably enjoy Dick. However, the movie shoots way over the heads of its target audience, who hadn’t even been conceived when Richard Nixon resigned twenty-five years ago. While grown-ups in the theatre were howling at references to Watergate […]

Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa

| August 19, 1999

In a small house in the Irish countryside of Bellybeg, Donegal, live the five Mundy sisters, complacent and seemingly content with their lives and their world, which moves slowly and without much purpose beyond daily routine. Each is a unique type of character, each fills a purpose within the house, and within their shared life […]

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

| August 19, 1999

Intrigue and treachery guide this lush film of the crowning and political maturity of England’s “virgin” queen, Elizabeth I. An outcast of her own family, an independent thinker, and perhaps the worst of her sins–a non-Catholic, Elizabeth is saved from a life in the dungeons by virtue of the fact that she is a woman […]

The Third Man

The Third Man

| August 19, 1999

“I had paid my last farewell to Harry a week ago, when his coffin was lowered into the frozen February ground, so that it was with incredulity that I saw him pass by, without a sign of recognition, among the host of strangers in the Strand.” This single sentence was the initial inspiration for one […]

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Mystery Men

Mystery Men

| August 18, 1999

Attempts to bring comic books to the big screen are nothing new. In the 1940’s BATMAN was a serial that ran weekly at the local cinema. Although the first character was little more than a vigilante in a mask and cape, it was enough to give the viewer’s imaginations a sense of the wonder of […]

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The Haunting

The Haunting

| August 18, 1999

Okay. Every reviewer in the world has panned this movie. Review after review has pointed out the faults of Twister director Jan De Bonts’ latest film–not that it doesn’t have some–but you can actually enjoy this movie if you make peace with yourself about the fact that it ain’t trying to be art. How could […]

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Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

| August 18, 1999

But first, these words from our sponsors: “In the first 30 seconds, this film gets off on the wrong foot and … it never recovers. Because this is a major effort by an important director, it is a major disappointment…” (The New Republic) “A marvelously executed, sensationalist, confused and finally corrupt piece of pop trivia, […]

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Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

| August 18, 1999

Most of us harbor two central fears about aging. The first has to do with a decline in our physical appearance, but this will happen no matter what we might choose to do to delay it. The second concern is more psychological, however, and has to do with a loss of our “aliveness.” That somehow […]

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

| August 18, 1999

There are two extremely funny moments in AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME. Unfortunately, they come toward the end of the film, and both are the same moment. Now, while they are legitimately hilarious, the humor was still marred by editing that was, if you’ll pardon the expression, constantly a beat off. Hm. Come […]

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