Archive for November, 2000

Men of Honor

Men of Honor

| November 27, 2000

Many themes run through the tale of perseverance detailing the careers of two Navy divers striving to be Men of Honor. Robert De Niro is Master Chief Billy Sunday, an old-school WWII veteran who has paid his dues, achieving the top rank of an enlisted man, but whose demeanor keeps him on the verge of […]

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

| November 21, 2000

The culture of Japan is remarkedly different from most other countries in some oddly unique ways. Even so, there are still many similarities in even our societies that render certain attitudes and moral concepts as imminently familiar. Thus it is that a film so full of quirky and uniquely Japanese moralities can still be relevant […]

Office Space

Office Space

| November 21, 2000

This is a very on-target comedy written and directed by Mike Judge of Beavis and Butthead and King Of The Hill fame. Office Space is about a disgruntled white-collar office worker named Peter (Ron Livingston) who is a computer programmer for a firm that’s more concerned with policies and procedures than productivity. He becomes so […]

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Bounce

Bounce

| November 21, 2000

While I suspect that some people aren’t going to like Bounce, I was quite entertained. It is romantic, and contains a lot of dialogue; not one gun shows up, and there are no car chases. These factors alone insure that a large part of the regular movie going audience will have no interest. Reaction to […]

Charlie’s Angels

Charlie’s Angels

| November 20, 2000

When I first saw the trailer for Charlie’s Angels last year, my first thought was: It’s gonna really suck or it’s going to be incredible. Then, during the intervening months we heard rumors of problems on theset: the stars weren’t getting along, the story needed work, etc. and I got that Blair Witch Project feeling […]

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Red Planet

Red Planet

| November 20, 2000

Science Fiction features today seem to have all the advantages: big budgets, hyper-realistic digital effects, generous helpings of star power–assets their classic predecessors could only dream about. Perhaps that’s why it’s so frustrating that so many of these privileged futuramas are brain-dead (but visually fabulous) clunkers. Red Planet is gorgeously photographed. From a purely visual […]

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

| November 20, 2000

The best way I can describe my feelings for Ron Howard’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas were very aptly summed up by my wife: “You were expecting a lot and were disappointed. I was expecting crap and was happily surprised.” What’s my problem? How can I not LOOOVE a movie that opened to a $30+ […]

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102 Dalmatians

102 Dalmatians

| November 20, 2000

As a little boy I loved Walt Disney’s original classic animated feature, 101 Dalmatians. What a sap of a kid I must have been. Any capitalistic, red-blooded American will tell you it’s not a sweet heart and a soft soul that made this country strong; it was greed, greed, greed! And, just to prove it, […]

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Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows

| November 7, 2000

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger was the man responsible for two of the best documentaries of the 1990s — Brother’s Keeper and Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills — so it initially seemed like a mystery as to why he would choose to make his fictional film debut with somebody else’s sloppy seconds. But, […]

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Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

| November 6, 2000

In a perfect world, I’d start cranking out my review for any given movie just moments after returning home from seeing it. I’d will myself to sit down and chronicle my impressions while they’re fresh in my mind. Unfortunately, the world’s not perfect. Nice guys finish last, Bush will win the election, and I’m a […]

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