Archive for July, 2001

The Princess and the Warrior [Der Krieger und die Kaiserin]

The Princess and the Warrior [Der Krieger und die Kaiserin]

| July 12, 2001

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who lived in a castle. She was lonely, but content, until one day a terrible accident befell her. A handsome warrior prince came and saved her life with a kiss…and then disappeared. All the princess had to find him with was the button from his coat, […]

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Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs

| July 8, 2001

In past reviews I have been critical whenever I saw that the writer and director position were handled by first timers. It seems that it takes a while to learn your craft and if you are working with two newcomers, it is going to be a bit hard to come up with a winner. Well, […]

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The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious

| July 7, 2001

So there I was, sitting in the theater with bated breath. Hoping beyond hope that what I’d been waiting for was not going to disappoint me. I was half right. The Fast and the Furious stars tasty teen heartthrob Paul Walker, and rough-and-tumble Vin Diesel, who incidentally, I would not want to meet in a […]

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Kiss of the Dragon

Kiss of the Dragon

| July 7, 2001

“Are you here on business or pleasure?” an inspections officer in Paris asks Liu Jiuan, an exceptional Chinese government agent, played by Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4, Romeo Must Die). Jiuan pauses, and answers, “Pleasure.” However, this seemingly routine trip, for the purpose of helping Richard, a dirty French Police Chief, in arresting a Chinese […]

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Everybody’s Famous [Iedereen Beroemd]

Everybody’s Famous [Iedereen Beroemd]

| July 6, 2001

ean Vereecken, (played by Josse De Pauw), sits at his kitchen table, in Belgium, overlooking the breakfast he made for his wife and daughter, waiting for them to wake so he can surprise them with a song. When all are present, he plays the song, which is really just his voice humming into a tape […]

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A.I.

A.I.

| July 5, 2001

A.I. is a very difficult film to approach critically because of its unique pedigree. Originally conceived by Stanley Kubrick, it was one of his never-got-around-to-it dream projects that he kept putting on hold because he didn’t think film effects had reached the level necessary to bring his vision to the screen. Eventually, he decided that […]

Duets

Duets

| July 4, 2001

I bought the soundtrack way before I even saw the movie. I feel like a dork admitting this, but I love when Gwenyth Paltrow (Bounce, Shakespeare in Love) sings Betty Davis Eyes. And who would have thought that Huey Lewis (Shadow of Doubt, Short Cuts) could act? Well, he is a well known singer and […]

The Man Who Cried

The Man Who Cried

| July 2, 2001

Paris. The city of love. The place where Rick’s and Ilsa’s hearts unite. And the place where they are torn apart by the cruelties of war. So it is with a new set of lovers in Sally Potter’s The Man Who Cried. The film is a combination of dream and nightmare. It is a dream […]

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

| July 1, 2001

Beneath the Planet of the Apes starts out right where the Planet of the Apes leaves off. Literally. Taylor (Charlton Heston) and Nova (Linda Harrison) have discovered that, on the Ape Planet, Ape has evolved from Man. But even more disturbing, Taylor learns that the planet that he’s crash landed on is actually the planet […]

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Baby Boy

Baby Boy

| July 1, 2001

A funny thing happened on the way to the cinema where I was taking in John Singleton’s latest effort, Baby Boy. For several weeks I had been having discussions with a male co-worker about the finer elements of ascending from boyhood (or “guyhood,” as I like to call it) to manhood. I explained in my […]