Archive for January, 2001

2000: My 10 Best and Worst, and a Few More…

2000: My 10 Best and Worst, and a Few More…

| January 29, 2001

The Best Film of the Year (And maybe the decade!) Billy Elliot Dir: Stephen Daldry Cast: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters A classic. Out of near-poverty and unbearable situations comes a young man with a dream. His pursuit lights up the world for eveyone who comes near. A rarity. The Ten Best (Alpha) Almost Famous Dir: […]

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Twelve Deadly Cyns… And Then Some: Cyndi Lauper on DVD

Twelve Deadly Cyns… And Then Some: Cyndi Lauper on DVD

| January 26, 2001

Cyndi Lauper hasn’t had a new album since her 1998 Christmas release, and hasn’t had a hit since 1996. But in November of 2000 she released a powerful DVD collection of her music videos ranging from 1983 to 1994. The collection features 14 of her biggest video hits plus an interview and behind-the-scenes look at […]

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The Video Collection 93:99: Madonna on DVD

The Video Collection 93:99: Madonna on DVD

| January 26, 2001

As a follow up to her Immaculate Collection video compilation, Madonna released a new collection of her greatest music video moments in stores now titled The Video Collection 93:99. It features 14 videos that play one after another, there really are no special features other than the sound and picture quality on this DVD (also […]

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The Best Films of 2000, and the 30 Worst

The Best Films of 2000, and the 30 Worst

| January 26, 2001

Bests (Order of Preference) Billy Elliot Wonder Boys You Can Count on Me Nurse Betty Erin Brockovich Traffic Tigerland Cast Away Chuck and Buck Proof of Life The Gift All the Pretty Horses Runners-Up (Alphabetical) Almost Famous Before Night Falls Bounce Center Stage Chicken Run Chocolat The Contender Coyote Ugly Frequency Gladiator The Perfect Storm […]

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Thirteen Days

Thirteen Days

| January 25, 2001

Historical films about well-known events have a built-in disadvantage from word one. We all know how the story ends. The scrappy rebels will drive out the British, the Union will prevail, Japan will be defeated in WW II. The trick is to give us a compelling hook and to create suspense despite our foreknowledge. In […]

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Snatch

Snatch

| January 22, 2001

Snatch, Guy Ritchie’s follow up to his 1999 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, has the same style and characters as Lock, Stock, but definitely holds its own. Snatch erupts onto the screen like an exploded music video- but for once, this is a good thing. Ritchie knows how to have fun with film. […]

2000 Best/Worst/Disappointments/Revivals

2000 Best/Worst/Disappointments/Revivals

| January 22, 2001

The Best 1. Almost Famous 2. High Fidelity 3. Croupier 4. Chicken Run 5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 6. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 7. The Wonder Boys 8. Billy Elliot The Worst 1. East is East 2. Blair Witch 2 3. American Psycho Biggest Disappointments 1. Nurse Betty 2. Traffic Unexpected Treat 1. The […]

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Totally Fucked UP

Totally Fucked UP

| January 19, 2001

It’s probably a fortunate thing that I watched Gregg Araki’s “teen angst” trilogy in reverse order. The last film of the three, Nowhere, is a funny, compelling and visually accomplished day in the life story. The second film, The Doom Generation, is a tensely erotic road trip. Part one, Totally Fucked Up, is the most […]

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Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

| January 19, 2001

In the past month, I have seen 21 Grams, Mystic River, House of Sand and Fog, Cold Mountain, Monster, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, Osama, and In America. I was beginning to be a little gun shy of going to the theater for fear of seeing more sorrow and pity and woe […]

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AntiTrust

AntiTrust

| January 19, 2001

Hollywood Movie Rule #27: Usually the bad guy gets it in the end, sometimes not (Hannibal Lecther from Silence of the Lambs lives for another movie). Less often, the good guy gets it in the end (no one did it better than John Wayne). Because of this rule, that everyone subconscious knows and follows, Antitrust […]