Archive for January, 2000

Down to You

Down to You

| January 28, 2000

FAIR WARNING Current practice is for film distributors to screen upcoming movies for critics in advance, so that the reviews will break on the same day that the film hits theatres. When a distributor decides NOT to allow advance screenings, it usually means that bad reviews are expected. The hope is that negative early reviews […]

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Magnolia

Magnolia

| January 25, 2000

Gleefully contrived, Magnolia boldly sweeps the lives of eleven main characters into a pop opera that resonates with fateful confrontations and biting poetic justice. Though compassionate, the film also takes no prisoners, slowly bringing the characters to a brink where they either break down or break through. Never mind what he tells you, the narrator […]

Angela’s Ashes

Angela’s Ashes

| January 24, 2000

Angela’s Ashes is an excellent film. Since I have not read the book, I’ll have to leave the book-to-film comparison task to others, knowing that films usually suffer in that exercise. Most of the story takes place in Limerick, Ireland, starting in the early 1930s, and deals with a destitute Catholic family. The mother seems […]

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Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars

| January 12, 2000

By dim light of lanterns (one fastened to a mast, the other carried), we see the shadowy figure of a man adrift on a small fishing boat in dangerously thick fog. Long tones from the boat’s foghorn slowly bring another form out of the murk: a Japanese man holding a gaff, his face unfriendly. More […]

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My Best & Worst for 1999

My Best & Worst for 1999

| January 10, 2000

A top 10, huh? Unlike most of these other guys, I generally only go to movies I have a good chance of liking. I don’t go the see the movie for “art’s sake.” That’s why I wouldn’t even watch The English Patient on cable. OK–which ones effected me the most: Top 10 of the Year […]

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Andy Walton’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

Andy Walton’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

| January 9, 2000

I’ve never been all that good at following the rules of math, so in an absolutely excruciating effort to fit within the box of 10 and 10 and still cover the ground I must, it’s going to be my top 13 and bottom 7-ish. They sort of add up to 20… The Best (in no […]

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Hank Yuloff’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

Hank Yuloff’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

| January 9, 2000

Top Movies Of The 90’s Good movies are like a fine can of Diet Coke. It gives you a quick pick me up, and has a fine flavor that will stick with you. In some cases that flavor will visit you few times. I have based my choices on a few factors: 1. Can I […]

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Yancey Strickler’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

Yancey Strickler’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

| January 9, 2000

Best: 1) Fargo 2) Rushmore 3) Boogie Nights 4) One False Move 5) The Player 6) Hoop Dreams 7) Boyz N the Hood 8) Being John Malkovich 9) LA Confidential 10) Crying Game Favorites: 1) Big Lebowski 2) Bottle Rocket 3) Quiz Show 4) Ice Storm 5) Night On Earth 6) The Limey 7) Three […]

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D. Patrick Seitz’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

D. Patrick Seitz’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

| January 9, 2000

There are plenty of movies that should be on my lists–films that are arguably better and worse than those I picked. However, just keep in mind that, at the beginning of the decade in question, this reviewer was eleven years old. I didn’t come into my movie-viewing own until a few years ago, and I […]

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Sudha Narasimhan’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

Sudha Narasimhan’s “Best and Worst” of the ’90s

| January 9, 2000

The Top 10 Films Of The 90’s 1. Goodfellas 2. Shawshank Redemption 3. Thelma and Louise 4. Slacker 5. Silence of the Lambs 6. Hudsucker Proxy 7. Schindler’s List 8. Dark City 9. Unforgiven 10. Rushmore Top 10 Worst Movies of the 90’s 1. Brothers McMullen 2. Spice World 3. Ace Ventura, Pet Detective 4. […]

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