Archive for November, 2001

Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal

| November 27, 2001

It has a funny premise which could really turn out to be very scary. An hour and a half of the same fat joke over and over. Thank God it was directed by the Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary), and not any of those fine folk over at Saturday Night Live (Superstar, It’s Pat, The […]

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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

| November 24, 2001

Cinema Paradiso is truly an amazing film. It is about love, growing up, leaving home, loss and success. Although it is set in a small hamlet in Italy, the topics are so universal that anyone can relate. The movie starts in modern Rome where Salvatore (Jacques Perrin) a professionally successful, personally failed, middle-aged cinematographer returns […]

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Spy Game

Spy Game

| November 21, 2001

I usually don’t read reviews before seeing a film. I could barely help it with Spy Game, the new action thriller from director Tony Scott (Ridley’s younger brother). Every newspaper and magazine I’ve looked at in the past week has some sort of story about this film. I knew I wanted to see the film, […]

The Man Who Wasn’t There

The Man Who Wasn’t There

| November 21, 2001

Graduate students in economics study something called “the optimal stopping problem,” which asks how and when a person decides the deal’s a good deal and stops trying to make it better. I’m going to lobby for a course like this for filmmakers. You can teach them how to shoot a good picture, how to choose […]

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Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

| November 21, 2001

So, you’ve just been talked into seeing On the Line, and you need something to wash the taste out of your mouth (puke just didn’t do it). Or your new boyfriend/girlfriend/pet rented Never Been Kissed yet again, and you wonder if being a teenager is always funnier in hindsight or whether your happy ending is […]

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K-PAX

K-PAX

| November 19, 2001

We are not alone in the Universe. Art Bell aficionados aside, the Earth, a planet whose outcome is “unknown,” is being visited by beings who share a human being’s body and mind while they explore our civilization as a living anthropological expedition. Or…Kevin Spacey just did a wonderful job portraying a man who has so […]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

| November 18, 2001

Of course it’s pretty hard to write a review of the film version of a bestseller, but the circumstances ended up making it harder. I watched it sitting in the third row from the front, a little left of center, I was in a bad mood and not willing to put up with mediocre magic, […]

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Novocaine

Novocaine

| November 18, 2001

What’s the worse thing that can happen to a man? Losing his teeth according to Dr. Frank Sangster in the flick Novocaine. After all, he should know–he’s a dentist. Played by the versatile Steve Martin, Dr. Frank Sangster appears to have it all–a thriving practice and a beautiful, devoted fiancée, Jean Noble (Laura Dern). That […]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

| November 16, 2001

Elsewhere at Filmmonthly, a fan who’s read all of the Harry Potter books has reviewed the film. My take on it is from the perspective of someone who has studiously avoided all things Harry Potter. Before the movie, I wouldn’t have known muggle from qidditch. So, needless to say, I’m writing solely to answer one […]

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Amélie

Amélie

| November 16, 2001

Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (the fabulous destiny of Amélie Poulain, just called Amélie for us poor unenlightened Americans) is another movie about the changeable inevitability of life in the same conceptual family as Sliding Doors and also Run, Lola, Run. Yes, there are things that are meant to be… but that doesn’t mean you […]