Archive for February, 2000

Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise

| February 29, 2000

Junkie-thieves don’t make for good role models. The question is whether a family of junkie-thievescan make for a good film. Larry Clark (Kids) directs James Woods (Nixon, Casino) and Melanie Griffith (spouse of Antonio Banderas) in his viscerally real style as a scheming couple who “adopt” two young lovers into their family in order to […]

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Pitch Black

Pitch Black

| February 28, 2000

Pitch Black wasn’t as good as I would have liked, but it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. Let’s face it–when you first hear about a film a week before it opens, you approach it with a pretty hearty sense of trepidation. “If it’s any good,” one thinks, “they would have been hyping it […]

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The 72nd Annual “Huh?”

The 72nd Annual “Huh?”

| February 16, 2000

The following is only a bunch of opinions, which is all the Oscars are anyway — hype, hoopla and morning after B.O. of both kinds aside… Okay, I’m finally convinced. If they made the big screen version of Bosom Buddies and put Tom Hanks in it, the thing would get a best picture nomination. How […]

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Boys Don’t Cry

Boys Don’t Cry

| February 14, 2000

Memorializing the intense, brief life of Brandon Teena (1972-1993), Boys Don’t Cry oftencompresses the events of its story, using time-lapse photography and other techniques. As opening credits roll, waifish Teena Brandon becomes the boyishly handsome Brandon Teena (Hillary Swank in both roles), a successful roller-rink Lothario who very soon is on the run from an […]

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Ronin

Ronin

| February 10, 2000

In John Frankenheimer’s 1998 suspense thriller Ronin, a group of individuals with special skills is brought together for a one-of-a-kind job. They are offered a tidy sum of money to steal an object from a wealthy, and heavily guarded, party. The object is a case, and its contents are never revealed. The identity of the […]

Scream 3

Scream 3

| February 9, 2000

Within its genre, Scream 3 is as good as it gets. Along with millions of others who saw Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997), I like this particular genre. Most viewers for this third chapter of the trilogy have seen, and liked, the first two. I suspect they will be pleased this time, also.Scream grossed […]

Gun Shy

Gun Shy

| February 7, 2000

Black comedy is supposed to make you laugh at how dark it is. The trouble is, if it doesn’t make you laugh, is it just so dark you don’t get it, or did the movie just only get to about a 70% grey? Such is the case with Gun Shy. Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) stars […]

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

| February 2, 2000

I’ve wasted plenty of time in my life. Dozing on Sunday afternoons. Playing oft-beaten video games. Loitering at coffeehouses. Over the course of my life, I’ve wasted an inestimable amount of time. For some reason, though, the 109 minutes I wasted watching Eye of the Beholder seem like such a tragic loss. I can’t get […]

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Play It to the Bone

Play It to the Bone

| February 1, 2000

If you showed up for the last fifteen minutes of Play it to the Bone, during the final fight sequence, you could possibly imagine that you had missed a good film. Consider yourself lucky, and don’t bet on it. In this lifeless botch, everyone takes a dive. It all starts with the writing, as they […]

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