Archive for September, 1999

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

| September 16, 1999

Violence, a smart mouth, and half a bad idea have led many a poor boy astray. That seems to be the message in this British import chock full of one-liners, intercut vignettes, and great music. We are introduced to the cast of characters through brief sequences, a la the new shorthand of the music video. […]

×
The Zero Effect

The Zero Effect

| September 14, 1999

THE ZERO EFFECT is a clever updating of the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. While Holmes relied on his powers of observation and deduction, modern-day private detective Daryl Zero also uses his “nerve center,” a semi-circular array of computers linked into every network around the world, thus allowing him to obtain any information […]

×
The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

| September 10, 1999

In the currently popular horror film The Sixth Sense, the paranormal is introduced to the viewer through the eyes of eight-year-old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). In school Cole is ridiculed and harassed for not knowing how to harness his fears. Early in the story, some books are introduced which proclaim that children and animals […]

×
Dudley Do-Right

Dudley Do-Right

| September 10, 1999

What’s that? You didn’t know that there had been a movie made about the ubiquitous cartoon hero? Guess you don’t have kids. Or you’re too busy going to see the “Sixth Sense” and avoiding “The Blair Witch Project.” What? “I DON’T HAVE KIDS” you say? You’re right. But if you’re looking for a good place […]

×
A Civil Action

A Civil Action

| September 8, 1999

This film is based upon true events. The real story ended with the culmination of personal-injury lawyer Jan Schlictmann’s last trial efforts in 1989. The story takes place in Boston, Mass., and one of its suburbs, Woburn. It begins when a young attorney in Schlictmann’s practice brings in a case nobody wants. The case: seven […]

×
Outside Providence

Outside Providence

| September 7, 1999

I’ll start by answering the two questions friends have asked me about Outside Providence. Shawn Hatosy does not get naked. No one of either gender does. And this is not There’s Something About Mary. A better title might be Something About Ninety Minutes. You know the story from the trailers. Our hero, Timothy Dunphy (Hatosy) […]

×
Insomnia

Insomnia

| September 6, 1999

Swedish films are often like their food: cold, wet, and far from their natural frozen waters. This police drama is very cold, very efficient in its enactment, and very chilling to watch. The opening scene is quite disturbing and intentionally confusing. We see, in close-up, a very attractive young woman being handled by an unseen […]

The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker

| September 2, 1999

The Matchmaker is a ‘soft’ romantic comedy with a feminist (Janeane Garofalo) central character who struggles in her job as an aide for a Massachusetts Senator (Jay O. Sanders). Garofalo is almost too obvious a choice for this role. Although she has appeared in numerous supporting character roles, The Matchmaker is actually only her second […]

×
The Muse

The Muse

| September 1, 1999

THE MUSE, the latest film from Albert Brooks, is a tepid Hollywood satire that lacks the biting wit that has characterized Brooks’s previous films. Often Brooks’s films seem to be a collection of parts that don’t fit together. In THE MUSE, the beginning of the film seems to promise an acerbic insider’s take on Hollywood. […]

Autumn Tale

Autumn Tale

| September 1, 1999

Conte d’Automne (Autumn Tale), the final film in director Eric Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons,” takes place in the Rhône Valley of Southern France, a center of winemaking where the quaint loveliness of centuries-old houses and cobblestone streets is also marred by a modern intrusion into the skyline: a nuclear power plant. The film […]

×