Archive for October, 2000

Break Up

Break Up

| October 31, 2000

I have found very few reviews of this film. I sought them out because I’d caught the last two thirds of it on cable one recent, sleep-deprived night. At first sight it seemed mesmerizing: even a bathroom break did not interrupt my interest in what could possible happen next. After the film ended I went […]

Chutney Popcorn

Chutney Popcorn

| October 26, 2000

Hello, friends of Film Monthly and beyond! I’ve decided to exhume myself from the catacombs of my daily life for two purposes. The first reason is to instill inspiration to the jaded and disenchanted (I am still a part of this group sometimes). The second reason is to discuss the film Chutney Popcorn. I know […]

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Bedazzled

Bedazzled

| October 23, 2000

Despite its considerable strengths, Bedazzled is a surprisingly flat comedy. Both Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley shine in their roles as lonely tech-support geek and Satan, respectively. Fraser’s various character renditions–including an inarticulate professional basketball player and the world’s most sensitive man–actually border on comedic genius, and Elizabeth Hurley, of course, is Elizabeth Hurley. Yet […]

The Legend of Drunken Master

The Legend of Drunken Master

| October 23, 2000

Perhaps the only thing more puzzling than Jackie Chan’s blatant disregard for concepts like pain and gravity is the fact that it took the studio poobahs six years to release The Legend of Drunken Master here in the U.S. Then again, Chan took his sweet time in getting around to the sequel in the first […]

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Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents

| October 16, 2000

If you ever had butterflies in your stomach when you were about to meet her parents, you’re going to relate to Meet the Parents. If you didn’t, you’re going to love Meet the Parents, the third what-can-go-wrong now movie starring Ben Stiller (The Cable Guy and There’s Something About Mary). The movie, as the title […]

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Lost Souls

Lost Souls

| October 16, 2000

As this web sites’ resident Winonaphobe, when Lost Souls was released, it fell to me to write yet another gushing edifice to the actress who won my heart in Beetlejuice. I should have rented Age of Innocence. I’ll put it right up front: The last 15 minutes of this movie made the first 82 minutes […]

The Exorcist

The Exorcist

| October 11, 2000

How do you review “the Scariest Movie Ever Made?” Do you look at it through 1973 eyes? When I was 13 and it scared the bejezeeus out of me, causing me to be afraid of the dark for months. Or do I look at it through Year 2000 eyes? After all, director William Friedkin (Rules […]

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American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

| October 10, 2000

Since this is a review of a theatre, I have to begin with the obligatory, chatty personal anecdote. When I was in junior high, one of the cool things I got to do occasionally was hop the bus into Hollywood after school (’twas a much different city then), where I’d meet my dad and we’d […]

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Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

| October 6, 2000

A bitter feud exists between rival gangs in a Southwestern border town during prohibition. Into this feud wanders an individual who becomes the catalyst that will change this scenario and affect the lives of everyone in the town. In a series of ultra-violent ballets, the loner plays one gang against the other until both are […]

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The Contender

The Contender

| October 5, 2000

Politics is a bitter drug. In many ways it can destroy that which we hold sacred. And yet it can elevate individuals to their greatest aspirations. It is also the purest barometer of a society’s moral beliefs. The Contender is a litmus test for the American people: are we ready for a woman in the […]

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