Archive for August, 2001

Kids

Kids

| August 29, 2001

A fellow critic’s review here of director Larry Clark’s latest, Bully, inspired me to check out Clark’s first film, Kids, on DVD. I suspect from the comments I’ve read on Bully that it is in a very similar vein and, after seeing Kids, I’m not sure I want to bother with anything else from Mr. […]

55th Annual Edinburgh Film Festival

55th Annual Edinburgh Film Festival

| August 28, 2001

Our London reviewer, Ms. Destiny Lilly, attended this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, held in August. She sends us warm wishes and a few reviews, with the promise of more to come. Thanks, Destiny. Jump Tomorrow Directed by Joel Hopkins Jump Tomorrow is a funny and engaging comedy of cultures clashing and merging. George (Tunde Adebimpe) […]

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Rock Star

Rock Star

| August 25, 2001

As a teenage boy, you spend a good amount of time listening to the radio, banging your head up and down with the beat. Which may explain why girls are generally smarter than boys: they don’t shake their heads around as much. And, if you believe in the music, then when you wish upon a […]

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

| August 25, 2001

You’ll find yourself sitting through a lot of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion silently hoping for Woody Allen’s character to accidentally utter “Madagascar.” When that moment finally does come, it’s in exactly the right place and yet unexpected. That’s a lot of the charm of Woody Allen’s latest. However, when that “Madagascar” finally does […]

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

| August 25, 2001

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. “Don’t […]

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Bully

Bully

| August 24, 2001

This is the third theatrical film release from director Larry Clark (Kids, Another Day In Paradise). He is consistent. Each of his films have dealt with young (mostly teenaged) characters who are even more amoral than they are attractive. I suspect that it is his intention to outrage and, to varying degrees, he is successful […]

Niagara

Niagara

| August 24, 2001

Released in 1953, Niagara is one of a handful of noir movies that were exclusively intended as a star vehicle for a single personality–oddly enough in this case, Marilyn Monroe. The majority of A-list noirs of the classic period were packed with characters, especially in cases of urban detective stories. A jungle of characters and […]

Pollock

Pollock

| August 22, 2001

You would think that a painter’s biography would look pretty much the same on the small screen as on the big one. But this is Jackson Pollock, with his drip paintings, the creation of which itself looks like performance art. And since the scenes with Pollock at work are the best, the most poetic and […]

Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux

| August 19, 2001

Every motion picture story is written three times — first when it’s put on paper by the author, again when it’s shot by the director, and finally when it’s assembled by the editor. Sometimes the same person is all three, or frequently the director works with the editor. Sometimes, the director is even lucky enough […]

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American Outlaws

American Outlaws

| August 19, 2001

In the latter days of the Civil War, Jesse (Collin Farrell) and Frank James (Gabriel Macht) were fighting off the Yanks’ looming numbers and Gatlin Guns with Frank’s accurate rifle, and Jesse’s kamikaze approach of riding his horse into the Union masses and gunning down dozens of soldiers. Apparently, the North had a problem with […]

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