Archive for September, 2000

Pi

Pi

| September 22, 2000

Carl Sagan believed that mathematics was the language of the Universe. Most of us accept math as a useful if occasionally vexing tool, good for explaining how things work. Sagan believed math did not merely explain but actually transcended reality. In his novel, Contact, mathematics is the Universe’s blueprint–and in such a document, asked Sagan, […]

Almost Famous

Almost Famous

| September 22, 2000

Director Cameron Crowe has given us Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Say Anything and Jerry Maquire. His latest, Almost Famous, is better than his earlier films and a positive look back at things fringed and far out. It is a fantasy, an allegory, an indication of the power in the flower. Well, it takes place […]

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American Perfekt

American Perfekt

| September 20, 2000

Following the popularity of Pulp Fiction there were released a number of lesser copycats. Three years later, another quirky noir thriller by the name of American Perfekt was released. In a very complimentary sense, American Perfekt fits the copycat category. However, I just watched this film for the first time, and although the story and […]

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Nurse Betty

Nurse Betty

| September 15, 2000

Nurse Betty is one of the best films of 2000. Based on the trailer and the ads, I didn’t expect much. While I don’t like the marketing, I do realize that the producers and distributors had a very difficult task. This type of dark comedy doesn’t lend itself to abbreviations. Be warned that exit polls […]

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The Opportunists

The Opportunists

| September 15, 2000

I bear a great affinity for Christopher Walken. So much so that I dragged my girlfriend and her best friend to see this film at the lovely old Rialto Theater in South Pasadena. The theater was a cool and pleasant respite from the heat of that particular day. Thankfully, the film wasn’t too bad, either. […]

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Nowhere

Nowhere

| September 14, 2000

Gregg Araki is either an absolute genius or completely clueless; I still can’t tell which. Granted, Nowhere is the first of his films I’ve seen, but I understand they’re all similar. And… (momentary blank stare, then:) um… okay. Somehow, Nowhere manages to be simultaneously compelling and revolting, highly entertaining and apparently pointless, erotic and anti-sexual. […]

Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party

| September 6, 2000

Like surfing and bikinis? Like horribly disfigured and dismembered corpses? How about really cool surf music by new bands like Man or AstroMan and Los Straightjackets? Oh…and if that doesn’t get you, how about wicked awesome props and furnishings, including some kitchen appliances and lamps that I, personally, would commit some serious mayhem to own? […]

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Highlander: Endgame

Highlander: Endgame

| September 6, 2000

This was a horrible movie. I haven’t been so unimpressed with a film since I saw Prophecy 3: The Ascent. At least the makers of that film knew it wasn’t good enough for a theatrical release. That’s more than I can say about this railroad stake in the Highlander coffin. In Highlander: Endgame, Connor MacLeod […]

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