Archive for April, 2000

Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

| April 27, 2000

“Buon giorno, Principessa!” translated into, “Good morning, Princess!” rings in my heart as if falling from the top window of a barn in the enchanting countryside of Italy. This movie is real; it may be inevitable to cry the second time around, but not because it is completely hopeless, actually the opposite. Guido, played by […]

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Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai

| April 24, 2000

Forest Whitaker controls his body the way a DJ does a record–spinning, shifting, and mutating from samurai hit man to shy introvert, all to the dynamic internal beat of Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai. The setting of the film, an anonymous city lovingly captured by director Jim Jarmusch, controls this beat, an urban heart […]

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Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

| April 20, 2000

Hiding somewhere deep inside the 128 long minutes of Keeping The Faith is an excellent 95 minute movie. However, even in its present, bloated form, I would recommend it as a pleasant diversion. The audience that I attended with certainly had a good time. This is the directorial debut for actor Edward Norton and his […]

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Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy

| April 19, 2000

Bruce Beresford has made some very fine films. He has also made some not so great films. But that’s how it is with filmmaking. There are so many creative elements invested in the production of a single film, and so many individuals, that the probability of making a film that contains elements of quality, taste, […]

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American Psycho

American Psycho

| April 17, 2000

Novels, by their very nature, are extraordinarily difficult to translate to the big screen. That’s because, frequently, the most interesting parts of books take place inside the characters’ heads, not something which easily lends itself to a visual depiction. American Psycho is a particularly tricky example, because all of it takes place inside the head […]

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42 Up

42 Up

| April 17, 2000

In the seventh installment of this documentary series from Britain director Michael Apted has brought us up to date with the seven children he selected for a segment of the BBC television program World In Action back in 1964. Apted took over directing duties from Paul Almond, the original director of the series, and has […]

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

| April 13, 2000

If you’re among that one-percentile who didn’t see Star Wars: Episode 1–The Phantom Menace in its theatrical run, here’s what happens: two seemingly stoic men appear to negotiate trade talks a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The deal sours, thus an intergalactic struggle ensues. Meanwhile on a nearby planet, a young […]

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Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

| April 11, 2000

Rules Of Engagement is a good, but not great, film. The potential for a much better film is definitely suggested, but many of the serious questions raised are abandoned rather than addressed. Further, this material seems familiar and brings to mind the far better A Few Good Men. Mostly a military courtroom drama, the story […]

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28 Days

28 Days

| April 6, 2000

One recent morning, by accident, I dropped a couple of pieces of my fresh pineapple in the milk I had poured for my banana. It curdled. 28 Days’ director, Betty Thomas (Private Parts, Doctor Dolittle (1998), The Brady Bunch Movie), gets a similar result when she tries to mix situation comedy with the very serious […]

High Fidelity

High Fidelity

| April 5, 2000

I first saw High Fidelity as a member of a test audience some months ago, and have been jonesin’ for its release ever since. Having seen it again last Saturday, I’m happy to report that the final cut is even funnier than the prototype, although it was subjected to only minimal revising. By and large, […]

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