Archive for August, 2000

Bring It On

Bring It On

| August 30, 2000

Cheerleading and cheerleaders are a subject ripe for some good film satire. Earlier this year, But I’m A Cheerleader tried and failed in its attempt; Bring It On tries again and falls flat on its face. To be fair, there are lots of people that found this one entertaining and opening week business was a […]

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Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting

| August 30, 2000

Every kid has a movie that they insist on watching ad ifinitum. For me, that movie was Adventures in Babysitting, an inauspicious comedy/adventure that belonged to the mini-genre of Cool Teenagers Who Hang Out In Chicago Without Their Parents (Ferris Bueller and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, anybody?). Elizabeth Shue stars as a babysitter who […]

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D.O.A.

D.O.A.

| August 30, 2000

The portrayal of an innocent John Q. Public suffering punitive consequences due to a seemingly minor transgression is an essential film noir theme of the 1940’s and early 1950’s. This compelling formula was used effectively in numerous films including Phantom Lady, Detour, Quicksand, Side Street and Desperate. All of these noir vehicles are based on […]

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

| August 18, 2000

Wherever you are right now, here, in the year 2000, you’re within easy range of thousands of nuclear missiles, any one of which could, if launched, instantly annihilate you, your friends, and all your loved ones. As human beings, we cope with this horrific reality the only way we know how: denial. We block Hiroshima, […]

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Saving Grace

Saving Grace

| August 16, 2000

In a small seaside town in Cornwall a woman suffers the loss of her husband of many years. In such a small town everyone knows everyone, and no one has any secrets. The entire town turns out in support of the widow Grace Trevethan (Brenda Blethyn). Before long Grace discovers her husband’s secrets, including his […]

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The Replacements

The Replacements

| August 16, 2000

Fair Warning: Cutting right to the chase, The Replacements is a bad movie. Many theatres that opened it on its August 2000 North American release date will be looking to replace it quickly. Technical elements are marginally incompetent. It is also silly, disjointed, and repetitious. Don’t blame the cast, but excluding them, I can’t think […]

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Autumn in New York

Autumn in New York

| August 16, 2000

Charlotte (Winona Ryder) is the perfect new lover for Will (Richard Gere). She’s young, beautiful, and “on her way out” as Anthony LaPaglia quips in this downright terrible film by director Joan Chen. Autumn In New York is everything that the trailers lead you to believe that it will be: a sappy, overblown melodrama with […]

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Coyote Ugly

Coyote Ugly

| August 11, 2000

Based on the ads, some of the reviews, and the previous films from producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, I fully expected to hate this one. I was VERY pleasantly surprised! Producer Bruckheimer recently delivered Con Air and Armageddon and I’m not sure which of these two I found more unbearable and objectionable. He is a producer that […]

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Hollow Man

Hollow Man

| August 8, 2000

What a disappointment! If I had checked the writing credits in advance, I probably wouldn’t have been so surprised! This script is credited to Andrew W. Marlow who previous gave us Peter Hyams/Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lame and loud End Of Days; the story is credited to Gary Scott Thompson, who previously inflicted the James Belushi dog […]

Coyote Ugly

Coyote Ugly

| August 7, 2000

Coyote Ugly For Boys Here’s all you need to know about the story. Piper Perabo plays Violet Sanford, the girl next door from New Jersey (all her friends have an accent but her) who goes to New York to be a big songwriter. She gets robbed and is down her last $2 when she meets […]

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