Archive for November, 1999

End of Days

End of Days

| November 29, 1999

Okay. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back. We’ve been fed so much millennium and religious-end-of-the-world crap this past year or so that it’s ridiculous. No, it’s ludicrous. But not as ludicrous as asking us to watch Arnold act, fer chrissakes! What is this world coming to?!?! Okay, Hollywood, here’s the message: We […]

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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

| November 23, 1999

In 1429, a young girl named Joan emerged from a small village in France, proclaiming she would defeat the world’s greatest army and free her country. She heard the voice of God, saw visions, and convinced many that she was the answer they had been waiting for. As 1999 comes to a close and we […]

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Dogma

Dogma

| November 22, 1999

I went to see Dogma wanting to like it. I enjoyed director Kevin Smith’s other films (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy), for their quirky independence and honesty. Smith also has a tendency to address some very sensitive and difficult topics head on, which I find refreshing. For this reviewer, I’m afraid, he failed to reach the […]

Liberty Heights

Liberty Heights

| November 18, 1999

Back in the 60s, James Powers was the film critic for the trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter. Occasionally, Mr. Powers would get a bit carried away with his praise…not unlike what follows here! Liberty Heights is one of the best films of 1999 and is sure to be on many year-end bests lists. From Warner […]

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Horror Films: The Decline of Fear

Horror Films: The Decline of Fear

| November 17, 1999

When I was a kid, there was something kind of wonderful and thrilling about Halloween. For one thing, it signaled a new crop of horror films and monsters, and things meant to frighten. My friends and I would go to the second-run movie house and watch the previews with eager anticipation, imagining the most gruesome […]

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The Insider

The Insider

| November 11, 1999

The Insider is a very, very good movie. I went in both knowing exactly what to expect and not knowing what to expect at all. I knew what to expect because in producing this subject matter director Michael Mann (Heat, Last of the Mohicans) optioned the Vanity Fair magazine article “The Man Who Knew Too […]

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This Is My Father

This Is My Father

| November 9, 1999

Set in 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, and in the here and now, This Is My Father is the tale of an Irish-American school teacher’s search for the father he never knew, and a better understanding of the meaning of his life. James Caan plays Kieran Johnson, the lonely school teacher […]

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Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead

| November 7, 1999

Martin Scorcese has made some truly amazing films in his career. His Raging Bull wasconsidered by many to be the defining film of the 80’s, and many of his early works helped to redefine directing style and were very influential for many contemporary directors. For all of his excellent work he has had the occasional […]

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The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

| November 7, 1999

The Bone Collector is one of those thrillers that grabs you and keeps you hanging on until thelast frame. A serial killer stalks New York from the anonymity of a taxi cab. Denzel Washington is a paraplegic forensics expert and Angelina Jolie (Pushing Tin, Playing God) a beat cop who must be his eyes and […]

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Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

| November 7, 1999

There’s something profoundly disturbing about Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich, although I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. The film is simultaneously grimly hilarious and existentially dark, and it’s truly quite unlike anything that’s come before it. If I had to give a Hollywood pitch for the film, it would Death Becomes […]

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