Archive for July, 2001

L’Argent

L’Argent

| July 30, 2001

A couple of teenagers pass off a counterfeit note at a photographer’s shop, and the photographer, without batting an eyelid, passes it off on an unsuspecting young laborer whose life unravels at an alarming speed. Sounds like the start of a 1950s French film noir, doesn’t it? Except that there are two glitches: Tolstoy wrote […]

Putney Swope

Putney Swope

| July 30, 2001

Oh, those wacky late 60’s. It was a time of protest and turmoil, a time when the morés of the 50’s were being turned on their heads as the baby boomers were coming of age. It was also a time when quite a lot of people were whacked out of their skulls on various psychoactive […]

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

| July 30, 2001

I remember the first time I saw Battle for the Planet of the Apes was in a small theater somewhere outside Buffalo New York. Normally I had viewed to all the Ape movies at the local Central Drive-in, but we were visiting out of town relatives and my cousin had never seen the Ape movies, […]

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America’s Sweethearts

America’s Sweethearts

| July 30, 2001

What if Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were forced to reunite publicly one more time? How about Gwenyth Paltrow and Brad Pitt? This is the premise behind the new romantic comedy America’s Sweethearts starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack, Billy Crystal and America’s current sweetheart, actress Julia Roberts. America’s Sweethearts are the beloved Hollywood couple Eddie […]

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The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

| July 29, 2001

Mia Thermopolous (Anne Hathaway–tv’s Get Real) is a very bright and awkward 16-year old. In fact she’s almost invisible at school. She’s painfully shy, quirky, and she wears glasses. Of course, she hangs out with the nerds, including best friend Lilly (Heather Matarazzo–Welcome To The Doll House, Scream 3) and her musician brother (Robert Schwartzman–The […]

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Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

| July 27, 2001

On seeing Tim Burton’s reworking of the like-named 1968 science fiction film landmark Planet of the Apes, the question comes to mind, “How do you remake a classic?” The answer is that you either do it well or you don’t do it all. Mr. Burton has done it well. Yes, the previous outing, directed by […]

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Come Undone [Presque Rien]

Come Undone [Presque Rien]

| July 24, 2001

I saw this movie in a tiny theater, the sole (heterosexual) woman in a crowd of about twenty middle-aged gay men. If I had been a hetero guy and they had been lesbians, I’m sure I would have been delirious with joy. But I’m not, they weren’t and I wasn’t. If the central couple in […]

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

| July 23, 2001

Out of all the sequels to Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is it’s true predecessor, able to match it’s intelligence and grit. This film is not only a blast to watch, it gives the brain some active time as well. Conquest starts some two decades from where Escape From […]

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Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

| July 23, 2001

First, I have a disclaimer. I am a true blonde. I enjoy blonde jokes, but I think that jokes about brunettes and redheads are funnier. I am in no way threatened by the blonde stereotype. If anything, it gives us blondes the advantage. We are constantly surprising people when we turn out to be intelligent, […]

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Made

Made

| July 23, 2001

It’s been a few years since Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn emerged from the indie scene with the hilarious cult hit Swingers. Kind of a blue-collar, character-actor counterpart to golden boys Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the pair rode the Favreau-written, Doug Liman-directed breakthrough film to some Hollywood credibility, each scoring plenty of roles in […]