Archive for March, 2000

Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

| March 27, 2000

Blast from the Past is one of those visitor from another time stories in which our hero, for one reason or another, spends a long while isolated from the world before being thrust into it. It’s a premise that’s older than Rip van Winkle, but comes with a built-in cliché. Inevitably, the only raison d’être […]

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Using Music to Make a Blockbuster

Using Music to Make a Blockbuster

| March 24, 2000

Not only are film soundtracks, on average, the best selling records, they help make a good scene great when done right. By using the following genre based guide, you can make your very own blockbuster with little to no effort. Take notes, this is your ticket to millions. COMEDY: Violation of expectations is key with […]

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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

| March 17, 2000

OBLIGATORY WARNING PARAGRAPH: This isn’t so much a review of “The Big Lebowski” as it is an analysis of its themes. As such, the following is spoiler riddled. If you haven’t seen the film and don’t want to know what happens in it, don’t read this article. If you proceed beyond this point anyway, and […]

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The Silent Movie Theatre

The Silent Movie Theatre

| March 15, 2000

LOS ANGELES — January 17, 1997. As a sell-out crowd laughs at the flickering images of comedian Larry Semon onstage, one young man in the back row isn’t watching the movie. He gets up and sneaks to the lobby where theatre owner Larry Austin is counting the receipts with another staff member. The young man […]

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Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars

| March 11, 2000

If you’ve ever wondered who we are and where we’re going as a species, just look toward that reddish light far in the cold reaches of space. That’s Mars, the planet named for the Roman God of War. It’s a hostile, presumably lifeless world, a mysterious place that draws our imagination and admiration. And it’s […]

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Rushmore

Rushmore

| March 10, 2000

In an industry bankrupt of emotion it’s always refreshing to see the real thing. There are different emotional responses a film can pull from us, the standards that will always have some resonance; loss of a child, terminal illness, plane crashes. These and others like them are the big guns, the now cliché devices meant […]

Drowning Mona

Drowning Mona

| March 6, 2000

Drowning Mona is a lot like watching an episode of Wheel of Fortune, if you’re a fan.You may root and cheer and laugh while the game is on, but half an hour later, you won’t remember the solution to the big money puzzle. It’s a shame, because the film is full of great actors playing […]

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All About My Mother

All About My Mother

| March 1, 2000

essence of true testosterone-driven mayhem that pulls people in by the truckload to stare at car crashes, explosions, and arsenals larger than most countries. All About My Mother, an import from Spain’s Pedro Almodavar, is not such a film. If anything could be didactically the opposite, this one takes the flan. Firstly, Almodavar is legendary […]

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