Archive for August, 2001

American Pie 2

American Pie 2

| August 10, 2001

The original American Pie (1999) was something of a surprise crossover hit. A raunchy teen comedy with a heart and a point, it had two things going for it. First, it was a teen sex comedy in which the teens actually had sex and, face it, what other reason is there to see a teen […]

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American Rhapsody

American Rhapsody

| August 8, 2001

It was post World War 2 on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain. Stalin was able to turn his attention from the Germans to fighting those inside the East Bloc countries who didn’t thoroughly embrace a communistic way of life. People were disappearing into custody, jail, or “worse,” as the narration begins at the […]

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

| August 7, 2001

In this case, the “inch” refers to a certain male organ. Or, we should say, a lack thereof. Hedwig and the Angry Inch takes some very unusual subject matter and, um… packages it in brightly-colored, blond-wigged glory. Already, Hedwig is being touted as the next Rocky Horror Picture Show, destined to gather a cult following, […]

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Birdman of Alcatraz

Birdman of Alcatraz

| August 7, 2001

I have a friend who says he has a playful side and a serious side. Shot in claustrophobic black and white, Birdman of Alcatraz is definitely on the serious side of things. Not much in the way of comic relief for two and a half hours, but your time is well spent with this tense […]

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Rush Hour 2

Rush Hour 2

| August 6, 2001

One of the few physics lessons I learned from Dr. Paley in high school was that in a vacuum, a body in motion will tend to stay in motion at a constant speed. I think that Chris Tucker’s agent must have had the same thing in mind when advising Tucker not to take another film […]

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The Shoe of the Manitu [Der Schuh des Manitu]

The Shoe of the Manitu [Der Schuh des Manitu]

| August 5, 2001

While American audiences have spent the summer lamenting a slew of box-office bombs, German cinema goers are cheering the arrival of a home grown box-office success. And rightfully so. Der Schuh des Manitu is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy. That’s right, folks. Not only have the Germans made a good movie, but it’s actually funny! Comedian […]

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Original Sin

Original Sin

| August 3, 2001

If your mother told you once, your mother told you a million times: mail-order brides are just a bad idea. Advice Antonio Banderas could have used in the lust-filled flick Original Sin. Based on the Cornell Woolrich novel Waltz Into Darkness, and written for the screen by director Michael Cristofer, this film asks an important […]

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Audition

Audition

| August 3, 2001

Based on a story by Ryu Murakami, Audition starts off as something like a romantic comedy, and ends up as one of the most spine-chilling and gruesome movies you’ll ever see. In fact, it is this schizophrenic nature that makes it even more effective as arthouse horror. Director Takashi Miike blends beauty and revulsion with […]

This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire

| August 2, 2001

“I read somewhere about a kind of doctor, a psycho-something–you tell him your dream, and you don’t have to dream it anymore.” – Philip Raven There’s something satisfying in seeing the old-time Hollywood machine produce a film that transcends its gristmill origin. In the case of This Gun for Hire, the film was produced in […]

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My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

| August 1, 2001

Imagine a cinematic work which dares to juxtapose the quandary of the battle of the sexes with the pathos of poverty and the exaltation of the human spirit. Who could conceive of presenting such heady fare? Surely this must be a contemporary concept, or else the romantic comedy genre would have grown a hundredfold by […]

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