Archive for October, 2001

My First Mister

My First Mister

| October 31, 2001

Imagine Roseanne’s Darlene succumbing to her depression not just by dyeing her hair black but by piercing her body multiple times, getting tattoos and cutting herself ritualistically. Funny stuff, huh? The only bigger laugh would be a terminal illness, right? Thank god My First Mister isn’t a comedy. I know, the previews imply that this […]

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Riding in Cars with Boys

Riding in Cars with Boys

| October 29, 2001

Let’s see a show of hands here. How many of you were raised by a single mother? How many of you are single mothers? How many of you were abandoned by your father before the age of eight? Everyone who raised their hand needs to see this film. No exceptions. Riding In Cars With Boys […]

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Thir13een Ghosts

Thir13een Ghosts

| October 29, 2001

The best make you care about the characters and hope for their survival while scaring the heck out of you. Examples are The Exorcist, The Omen, and anything by Alfred Hitchcock. The worst make you laugh or talk back to the screen like Dracula 2000 or get angry because they just were not scary, in […]

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From Hell

From Hell

| October 26, 2001

The Hughes brothers do such an incredible job recreating the pungent, smoky atmosphere of 19th Century London, that by the end of the film, I was kind of wishing they had foregone the mystery entirely. From Hell is the Hughes Brothers’ first foray outside of black culture, but it still deals with issues of class, […]

The Last Castle

The Last Castle

| October 24, 2001

While neither unique nor special, this is a good film. It should have been better, however. It did hold my attention for its overly long 2 hours and 10 minutes and the message is timely and worthwhile. Cutting it wouldn’t help, but more energy and bite when it was in production would have. I just […]

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China Moon

China Moon

| October 24, 2001

The term “noir” was first applied to the cinema when French critics wanted describe the “blackness” of the subject matter they saw in wartime American movies. Certainly, the classic noir period occurred circa the nineteen-forties, yet ever since Kathleen Turner drawled her predilection for feeble-witted men in 1981’s Body Heat, the “neo-noir” has proved itself […]

Mulholland Dr.

Mulholland Dr.

| October 20, 2001

About two/thirds of the way through David Lynch’s latest foray into the dreamy underworld of the human psyche, I feared that he had succumbed to the stylistic excesses — a generous way of saying ” lack of focus” — that finally doomed his television series, Twin Peaks. It seemed to me that the film Mulholland […]

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Time and Tide

Time and Tide

| October 20, 2001

Hong Kong director Tsui Hark has achieved cult status as a filmmaker with such explosive films as the Once Upon a Time in China series, Knock Off, Double Team, and producer and co-writer for the recent Iron Monkey. His penchant for riveting action scenes and stylized camera work have helped him to achieve recognition worldwide. […]

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Max Keeble’s Big Move

Max Keeble’s Big Move

| October 19, 2001

Junior high, a time in many people’s lives when they find out if they have what it takes to be in the “in crowd” or if they are doomed to go through the remainder of puberty branded a geek. That’s the setting for Disney’s latest foray into the preteen genre, Max Keeble’s Big Move, a […]

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Bandits

Bandits

| October 14, 2001

A sucker punch, an impromptu jailbreak, a bank robbery, two car jackings, a home invasion and a couple of high school kids making out on the couch. That’s just the first 5 minutes of director Barry Levinson’s new film, Bandits, an action movie that will both keep you at the edge your seat and giggling […]