Archive for December, 2000

Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality

| December 26, 2000

Director Donald Petrie (Grumpy Old Men, Mystic Pizza) presents a simple, and very funny setup for Miss Congeniality, starring Sandra Bullock as the self-created ugly duckling who blossoms into a swan. The story is based on a Unibomber-type bad guy who has been setting off explosions without being caught, sending a cryptic message in advance […]

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Dracula 2000

Dracula 2000

| December 26, 2000

“The most seductive evil of all time has now been unleashed in ours.” Thus reads the tag-line for Dracula 2000, which screamed into theaters on Friday, December 22, 2000. The film opens with a brief segment set in England during the 1800s but quickly advances to the year 2000, still in the traditional Dracula setting […]

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The Doom Generation

The Doom Generation

| December 26, 2000

There’s something about Gregg Araki’s work that can grow on you, if you don’t absolutely despise it at first viewing. I suspect that the older you are, the less you’ll get his films, but that’s okay, because his primary audience is Generation Y. Or maybe that should be “Generation Why,” the best description of the […]

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Finding Forrester

Finding Forrester

| December 26, 2000

I assume most people want to see Finding Forrester because they enjoy watching Sean Connery. While that is a very good reason, there is another actor who makes this movie equally well worth your while: Robert Brown as Jamal Wallace. Finding Forrester is the intriguing story about a reclusive author, who would be termed a […]

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The Family Man

The Family Man

| December 26, 2000

In a recent radio poll, respondents were asked “If the movie It’s a Wonderful Life were to be remade, who would you most like to see in the role of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart’s character)?” An overwhelming number said Nichoas Cage. It would appear that those people should all go to see The Family Man […]

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Save the Last Dance

Save the Last Dance

| December 25, 2000

Over the past few years, MTV has been making an effort to be known not just as a video radio station or the vanguard of reality shows (Real World) but rather as the creator of original “dramatic” (well, at least, “fictional”) programming for television and feature films. But would the adolescent boys who have long […]

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

| December 22, 2000

The short version of this review: Joel and Ethan Coen’s amazing track record remains unbroken. Once again, they work cinema magic, giving us a funny and finely crafted film that works on seventeen levels at once. See it. See it twice. Now, the long version. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is purported (by the Coens […]

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

| December 21, 2000

After having seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I feel a lot like the boy who cried wolf. I’m not one for lukewarm or middle-of-the-road feelings when it comes to the movies I watch. My like or dislike of a particular film is usually pretty emphatic…which puts me in something of a pickle when it comes […]

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Quills

Quills

| December 21, 2000

A noble pedigree does not guarantee a charmed existence — just ask the Marquis de Sade, who was born at the top and worked his way down, spending large chunks of his life in prison, ultimately dying in an insane asylum. Likewise, the de Sade inspired Quills comes from the noble background of the theatre, […]

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

| December 19, 2000

Named for the once popular game which had future techno-nerds under wraps for days at a time, Dungeons and Dragons left me with the thought that maybe this movie should have been kept under wraps. It is no more than an excuse for director Courtney Solomon to use the new techno gadgets daddy might have […]

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