Archive for May, 2000

Mission: Impossible II

Mission: Impossible II

| May 25, 2000

I hope I wasn’t the only person to be thoroughly confused by the MissionImpossible: 2 trailer the first time he saw it. I mean, all the kicking and the flippin’ and the bippin’ and the boppin’ didn’t make much sense until John Woo’s name was mentioned. After that, it was crystal clear – and the […]

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Lone Star

Lone Star

| May 25, 2000

John Sayles is one of my favorite filmmakers. I never tire of his inventiveness. Especially since he usually writes his own stories as well as producing, directing and, occassionally, acting in them. Limbo, Passion Fish, Eight Men Out, Matewan, The Brother From Another Planet, The Secret Of Roan Inish, all are outstanding examples of American […]

Small Time Crooks

Small Time Crooks

| May 22, 2000

He’s ba-a-ack. Those of you who read my review of Sweet and Lowdown know that I ripped Woody Allen a new one, bemoaning his apparent loss of storytelling talent. I was echoing a character in Stardust Memories: “I liked his earlier, funny ones.” Well, actually, I liked his later, darkly funny ones — Crimes and […]

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Gladiator

Gladiator

| May 22, 2000

There’s a good rule of thumb for judging movies before you see them. Popularity is inversely proportional to the quality of a film. The more tickets that sell, the more it probably sucks. Yes, there are exceptions — American Beauty for example — but there are far more that prove the rule. The aforementioned film […]

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

| May 22, 2000

When In a Lonely Place was being made, Joseph McCarthy was just beginning his crusade against Communists. Blacklisting, a process which boils down to exiling those who do not think like you, was in great favor in Hollywood. Any extroverted Communists, or possibly just those who were a tad too liberal and quite probably out […]

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Center Stage

Center Stage

| May 17, 2000

Center Stage qualifies as a “guilty pleasure.” It is not in the same class as Stage Door, The Red Shoes, The Turning Point, or Fame, but it does bring those to mind since it contains elements from this fine group of earlier successes. Center Stage is also reminiscent of (and superior to) the film version […]

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Battlefield: Earth

Battlefield: Earth

| May 16, 2000

The critical and popular reception of the John Travolta produced Battlefield: Earth has been marked by a degree of hyperbolic contempt not seen since Showgirls — to which “The Hollywood Reporter” directly compared it. Most critics have gone out of their way to bash this movie, which makes me wonder how much of it is […]

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Road Trip

Road Trip

| May 11, 2000

Count me in as a big fan of Road Trip. If you like the trailer, chances are excellent that you are going to like this film and for a welcome change, not all the funny scenes are featured in this trailer. Road Trip is a direct descendant of Porky’s, There’s Something About Mary and American […]

Return to Me

Return to Me

| May 2, 2000

Ladies and germs, from the schmaltzy opening title tune (crooned by Dean Martin) to the closing reprise of the same smarmy music, Return To Me is a movie for lovers. Now, I will tell you that I’m a guy and I liked it. So relax, men – and those women amongst you who aren’t the […]

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Kiss the Girls

Kiss the Girls

| May 2, 2000

Kiss The Girls is the first film version of a James Patterson novel. Morgan Freeman plays Dr. Alex Cross, a Washington, DC, police detective and forensic psychologist on the trail of a serial killer who has apparently kidnapped his niece from her North Carolina dorm. The serial killer likes to taunt his victims, “collecting” them […]

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