Archive for July, 2000

The In Crowd

The In Crowd

| July 31, 2000

Take a pound of the show Popular, and another pound of the recent film Girl, Interrupted and mix together. Once all mixed, then add a dash of the Scream trilogies and VOILA!–you have a ridiculously insipid creation called, The In Crowd. The In Crowd stars Lori Heuring (The Newton Boys) as a troubled young woman […]

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The Five Senses

The Five Senses

| July 31, 2000

I am always wary of a gimmicky premise to a film. Occasionally I am pleasantly surprised. In the case of The Five Senses, however, I was rightfully suspicious. Jeremy Podeswa’s new film follows the loosely interlocking stories of 5 individuals who are both guided and led astray by their keen attachment to a certain sense. […]

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Blood Simple

Blood Simple

| July 31, 2000

“The world is full of complainers. But the fact is, nothing comes with a guarantee. I don’t care if you’re the Pope of Rome, President of the United States or Man of the Year, something can all go wrong. But go ahead, complain, tell your problems to your neighbor, ask for help, and watch him […]

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Chuck & Buck

Chuck & Buck

| July 24, 2000

Some people dwell in the past. Some people don’t. I’m in the latter category — I just skipped my high school reunion due to a complete lack of interest on my part, but I’m sure there were many attendees who counted the days between graduation and the event. In Chuck & Buck, we meet a […]

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Loser

Loser

| July 24, 2000

Memo to Amy Heckerling: you owe me ninety-nine minutes of my life back. The subway ride to and from the theatre was more interesting than what you put on screen. Loser is such a pathetic, wandering mess that I don’t know where to start, except to say that the blame rests entirely with the writer, […]

Where the Money Is

Where the Money Is

| July 18, 2000

What a pleasant surprise! Based on weak early reviews, negative buzzand a thoroughly annoying trailer, I had low expectations. But I was quite pleased to find Where The Money Is to be an enjoyable low-key caper comedy. The trailer did give hints that I might enjoy the cast and the situation, but its irritating music […]

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Ready to Rumble

Ready to Rumble

| July 14, 2000

When I was in grade school, I spent almost every Sunday afternoon watching professional wrestling. Eventually, the appeal waned and I turned to another staple of Sunday afternoon television: Professional bowling, which might have been a step forward or a step back, depending on where you stand. However, even if my love of pro wrestling […]

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But I’m a Cheerleader

But I’m a Cheerleader

| July 12, 2000

Imagine yourself as a perky and well adjusted high school cheerleader. Now imaginecoming home from school one day to your caring but misguided family and friends who believe that you are a lesbian – and that you must be “fixed.” Such is the plight of Natasha Lyonne (Slums of Beverly Hills and Everyone Says I […]

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Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova

| July 12, 2000

Bruno Barreto has been making films since 1973. In 1978 he directed Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands, which has gone on to become the highest grossing Brazilian film of all time. In 1998 he made the last of four American films, the mediocre One Good Cop, starring Stephen Baldwin and Gina Gershon. It came […]

The Patriot

The Patriot

| July 11, 2000

There are certain cinematic combinations that all but ensure success. For example, when a character played by Harrison Ford gets a bee in his bonnet about the Nazis, you just know the film will be enjoyable. Adhering to the same inexplicable laws of film physics is the fact that when a Mel Gibson character fights […]

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