Archive for June, 2001

Sexy Beast

Sexy Beast

| June 25, 2001

The prevailing sense of dread that enshrouds the lives of the characters in Sexy Beast, as soon as Don Logan’s name is mentioned, is perhaps its director’s most effective achievement. Bursting the first section of the film’s bubble of bucolic, fairy-tale-ish ethereality, the mere mention of the sinister man’s name is enough to ruin an […]

Dr. Dolittle 2

Dr. Dolittle 2

| June 25, 2001

97. I will not reserve Dr. Dolittle 3 98. I will not reserve Dr. Dolittle 3 99. I will not reserve Dr. Dolittle 3 100. I will not reserve Dr. Dolittle 3 101. I will… Oh, hello. I was just in the middle of a bit of self-flagellation for having reserved responsibility to review Dr. […]

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3000 Miles to Graceland

3000 Miles to Graceland

| June 24, 2001

From the opening scenes to the hail of bullets finale, 3000 Miles To Graceland is one of the best shoot ’em ups since Natural Born Killers. I mention Natural Born Killers because 3000 Miles To Graceland has a similar feel and style of photography: Lots of gunfire, lots of stylized killing, and enough eye candy […]

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Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

| June 23, 2001

One of my earliest movie-going memories is squatting in the back of my parents’ station wagon, bundled in a sleeping bag and watching The Planet of the Apes at the Central Drive-In. That’s the same place where I viewed all of the other Ape films as well (all except Battle for the Planet of the […]

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

| June 20, 2001

They’re back. No, not the dinosaurs. Not the apes. Not those neurotic talking animals. Well, okay, yes, they’re all back too. But I mean the filmmaking trio responsible for one of Disney’s most applauded films, Beauty and the Beast — producer Don Hahn and directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Rightly so, Beauty and the […]

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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

| June 15, 2001

When the lead couple in Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor give each other “that” look, honey, you just know there’ll be more fireworks than a few exploding battleships. Forget anticipation of the sneak attack. The tension here is building up between these two, with that gotta know question, “Will they or won’t they?” The chemistry between […]

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Being There

Being There

| June 8, 2001

Chance the gardener knows nothing of the real world. He has, essentially, lived in a vacuum his entire life. As the gardener for a person referred to only as “the old man,” Chance has spent his life living within the sheltered walls of a mansion in Washington D.C. He was raised by the housekeeper and […]

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The Animal

The Animal

| June 8, 2001

Starring Rob Schneider, the sleepy-eyed little man from Saturday Night Live, who captures one of the castaways from Survivor, Colleen Haskell. Not to be totally brutal and kill this carnal comedy, but I actually felt bad when I walked into the theatre and four or five people said, “This is a complete blunder.” In other […]

The Anniversary Party

The Anniversary Party

| June 6, 2001

Here’s a formula for a filmic disaster: get a bunch of actor friends together, give them a camera, let them handle the writing and directing duties and set them loose. Don’t believe the results can be excruciating? Did you (or anyone else) see Town & Country? But if you see The Anniversary Party — and […]

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Evolution

Evolution

| June 3, 2001

Lock up your daughters, creationists! The Darwinists are running amok, kicking ass, and taking names in Evolution, a pleasant nachos-and-Icee summer film. For a man whose trademark ingredients seem to include quirky college professors and huge, gooey explosions, director/producer Ivan Reitman sure knows how to please an audience. In this summer of elephantine openings, uber-hype, […]