Archive for May, 2001

Out of the Past

Out of the Past

| May 31, 2001

“Near the plaza was a café called La Mar Azul, next to a movie house. I sat there in the afternoons and drank beer. I used to sit there half asleep with the beer and the darkness, only that music from the movie next door kept jarring me awake. And then I saw her, coming […]

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Detour

Detour

| May 31, 2001

“I keep trying to forget what happened and wonder what my life might have been like if that car of Haskel’s hadn’t stopped. But one thing I don’t have to wonder about, I know. Someday a car will stop to pick me up that I never thumbed. Yes, Fate or some mysterious force can put […]

The Doe Boy

The Doe Boy

| May 30, 2001

Writer-director Randy Redroad’s first full-length feature film The Doe Boy is a touching coming-of-age story set in Oklahoma in 1984. Mixing folklore and mythology with a story that’s absolutely grounded in the bleak real-world, it just may serve to re-define what a “Native American Movie” should be. This ain’t no Dances With Wolves, and for […]

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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

| May 26, 2001

For the last six months I can’t recall having gone to a movie without seeing the Pearl Harbor trailer. After viewing it for the umpteenth time, I entertained myself by making predictions. Disney is going to make a gazillion dollars on Jerry Bruckheimer’s and Michael Bay’s latest collaboration (a good thing since the film cost […]

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Blade

Blade

| May 24, 2001

A vampire film, a martial arts film, and an action film, Blade combines the best elements of these genres and is the very best example of a comic book transformed into a feature film. Starring Wesley Snipes as the enigmatic vampire hunter Blade, the film eclipses that other masterpiece of comic book art, The Matrix, […]

Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

| May 22, 2001

Watching Jennifer Lopez on the big screen reminds me of that famous quote from the film, American Beauty: “There is so much beauty in the world.” I know there are many J-Lo critics out there, but I will honestly say that I think she is one of the most gorgeous women in Hollywood. This is […]

Shrek

Shrek

| May 21, 2001

“Ooooooh! Look how they did that.” “Wow, the shadowing is amazing.” “And, look how they drew the fire and the sparks.” “Wow, she’s hot.” “You KNOW she’s a cartoon?” “Yeah, and so was Jessica Rabbit.” Such was the conversation during much of the movie Shrek, the new animated release by the folks at DreamWorks. It […]

Amores perros

Amores perros

| May 21, 2001

Amores perros, given the semi-accurate English title of “Love’s a Bitch” (perros being slang for mean or nasty) was nominated for The Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® this year. It lost out to a far more slick and commercial film with much less depth and meaning — which should tell you right there which is […]

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The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

| May 19, 2001

The Asphalt Jungle should be recognized, along with the greats like Sunset Blvd. (1950) and The Third Man (1949), as a landmark of Film Noir. The police officers, the dialogue, the suspense and each motive work together to move the story along. It is without a doubt true to the genre. This is a writer’s […]

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Return to Innocence

Return to Innocence

| May 8, 2001

I wonder what would have happened if Kubrik directed To Kill A Mockingbird or Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Black and white film catches the attention of a story line. Real life emerges from each shot portraying tears, laughter, from each smile and each frown. Nothing to distract us but dialogue that drives us into […]

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