Archive for September, 2001

Zoolander

Zoolander

| September 30, 2001

Oh snap! I almost talked myself out of going to see the latest Ben Stiller flick. I am a huge Stiller fan, but the trailers left me shaking my head in doubt. I couldn’t see how this movie was going to be more than Ben Stiller staring blankly into the camera for ninety minutes. Shame […]

Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis

| September 28, 2001

In my favorite daily newspaper, the LA Times, screenwriter William Goldman was asked to talk about some of his favorite experiences in his 35 or so year career in the movie industry. The two-time Oscar winner gave three movies in which he was involved: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (his first Oscar), The Princess […]

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The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks

| September 27, 2001

Since the 1970s, the “Death of the Hollywood Movie Musical” has been regularly announced, usually with the release of every new musical. Some of them since that era have been incredible — Cabaret, The Wall, Moulin Rouge. Some of them were interesting but failed experiments — Absolute Beginners and Godspell. Some of them carried too […]

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L.I.E.

L.I.E.

| September 26, 2001

There is this common delusion amongst the average movie go-er that films are merely entertainment, and that if we don’t have fun at a movie, if we don’t purely enjoy it, then that movie is not good. This, of course, comes out of the Hollywood school of thought, where every movie has to be bigger […]

Lantana

Lantana

| September 24, 2001

At the center of the film’s complex narrative is police officer Leon Zat (Anthony LaPaglia), a man desperately afraid of his own mortality, married with two sons, who seeks something new in an affair with the desperately lonely Jane (Rachael Blake). Leon’s wife Sonja (Kerry Armstrong) feels the dissatisfaction in Leon, and seeks assurance through […]

“O”

“O”

| September 17, 2001

In a period of Hollywood history when every other movie is about things blowing up or big-breasted sixteen-year-olds, Shakespeare seems to be an increasingly popular source for material for screenwriters who desire more to their plots. Unfortunately for the Bard’s reputation, most of these adaptations do not hold up to the modernization process. However, screenwriter […]

Kill Me Later

Kill Me Later

| September 16, 2001

It was a very uncomfortable feeling Friday night as we left the theater following Kill Me Later. This was the “Premiere” showing, having been postponed from earlier in the week, and the director (Dana Lustig), and writer (Annette Goliti Gutierrez) and about 25 of their friends were all there. I wanted to say something nice, […]

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Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers

| September 14, 2001

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this film. I was surprised in many ways, and gladly so. I’d heard some pretty bad things about the film from several of my colleagues whose judgement I usually agree with. Somehow we part company where this one film is concerned. Director/writer Victor Salva (Powder, Clownhouse) has crafted […]

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Osmosis Jones

Osmosis Jones

| September 14, 2001

Bill Murray and the Farrelly Brothers team together for a most unusual anatomy lesson in Warner Brothers’ Osmosis Jones, a fun and creative film unfortunately overlooked in a summer of hyped-up, but lack-luster flicks. Bill Murray plays Frank Detorri, a fried-chicken-loving father who could be the poster child for heart attacks and clogged arteries. His […]

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Toronto Film Festival – 2001

Toronto Film Festival – 2001

| September 14, 2001

09/07/01: TORONTO HEATS UP AS FESTIVAL TAKES OFF Special report by Paul Fischer at the Toronto International Film Festival. From Hollywood blockbusters to interesting gems, the Toronto International Film Festival remains a cornerstone in cinema culture. With kidney stones and gastritis, intrepid writer Paul Fischer is braving Toronto’s unusual humidity, to see films and talk […]

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