Archive for February, 2001

Left Behind

Left Behind

| February 26, 2001

When I was around 10 years old, a new minister came to town. He was different from the others because he was young. Hip. Cool. No fire and brimstone from him. No, you couldn’t hear his sermons from outside the church on a winter’s day. And probably for the first time, I realized that preachers […]

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Heartbreakers

Heartbreakers

| February 21, 2001

When you see Heartbreakers, you will be watching a wonderful ensemble cast bring you the story of a mother/daughter con team who play men for their money. Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt play Max and Page. Max (Weaver) marries the man, and Page gets him to fool around with her just in time for […]

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A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

| February 20, 2001

Late in the afternoon of Sunday, February 11, 2001, I had the pleasure of seeing a fifty-year-old movie in a nearly eighty-year-old theatre. The film is A Place In The Sun (1951) and the theatre is Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, located in Hollywood, California. The theatre is now booked and operated by American Cinematheque. Both the […]

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Oscar Review 2001

Oscar Review 2001

| February 20, 2001

The year is 1953. It’s March 19th to be exact, and you’re sitting down to watch the first-ever live telecast of the Oscars, hosted by Bob Hope. At the end of the evening, you hold your breath, waiting, as the best picture nominees are reeled off. High Noon, Ivanhoe, Moulin Rouge, The Greatest Show On […]

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Practical Magic

Practical Magic

| February 11, 2001

Sandra Bullock, star of so many mediocre films bookending Practical Magic, shines as the sensitive sister to Nicole Kidman’s wild child in this story of witchcraft, love, mystery, and family values. In fact, this film bend the rules pretty darned well when it comes to what are considered “normal” family values. Which is surprising for […]

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Hannibal

Hannibal

| February 9, 2001

Some time last November as the lights grew dim in the movie theater, I saw a trailer I had been waiting for since 1991: the next installment of Silence of the Lambs. I feared for the worse and felt a sense of excitement. I thought, “Pleeeeeease make it worthy of the first one. Don’t sell […]

The Pledge

The Pledge

| February 7, 2001

At what level do you want to hear about The Pledge? The basic story? Or the intellectual struggle of an ex-cop falling into the psyche of the job? Normally it is possible to separate the two but, in this movie, that is simply not possible. Director Sean Penn (Colors) has once again teamed with Jack […]

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

| February 5, 2001

This is a big disappointment for me, especially considering that: I like the trailer; I like the one-sheet; Freddy Prinze, Jr. continues to be one of my favorite young actors despite a string of bad films; Monica Potter is one of my new favorites. This is director, Mark Waters’ follow up to his well-received first […]

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Shadow of the Vampire

Shadow of the Vampire

| February 1, 2001

Shadow Of The Vampire has a hell of a lot to recommend it going in. The premise is one of those must-see knock-out ideas that makes any true film fan sit up and take notice on first mention. I’m not giving anything away to say the film is a “what if” riff on the premise […]

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Out of Sight

Out of Sight

| February 1, 2001

Elmore Leonard is one of the best writers of dialogue–period. Pick up one of his books and open it to any page, flip through to another, and you will find dialogue dominates his work. He creates characters, tells stories, describes worlds and situations superbly with dialogue. He captures the imagination and gives one of the […]

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