Archive for December, 2001

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

| December 31, 2001

Science fiction is a much-maligned genre because it isn’t understood by non-aficionados. To non-fans, SciFi is all about the hardware. It’s not. Science fiction is all about the software, a prose of ideas. Even as apparently hardware oriented an author as William Gibson isn’t just telling tales of technology. He writes about the effect that […]

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The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

| December 27, 2001

There were hints of it in Wes Anderson’s first feature, the spare but engaging Bottle Rocket, and Rushmore’s second act revealed a sweet, wistful heart beneath its quirky surface. But Anderson’s latest film, The Royal Tenenbaums, is his first to truly embrace the quiet, melancholy mood that his two previous films showed flashes of, and […]

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The Majestic

The Majestic

| December 27, 2001

The Majestic is the type of movie you used to see in black and white. I have heard it compared to the Frank Capra films of It’s A Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. While it is not as powerful as those two classics, it is a great movie which relies on the […]

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In the Bedroom

In the Bedroom

| December 27, 2001

In this era of loud, happening” movies, a quiet movie will almost surely make a huge splash. In the Bedroom is such a movie. It studies the evolution of a relationship, which is neither the rose-tinted, Meg Ryan-esque take on companionship, nor the on again-off again liaison of the standard Woody Allen movies. It starts […]

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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

| December 27, 2001

Last night, my wife, a buddy and his two kids and I ventured to the local multi-plex to see the new Nickelodeon Movies flick, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. If you have kids still in the single digits, you might want to do the same. It is a cute full-length animated movie, but I got to […]

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

| December 20, 2001

Anticipation. Since the age of 12 when I first traveled to Middle Earth and again in the last few weeks, when I reread The Hobbit and the first book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I have wondered how my vision of those lands would translate itself into celluloid (or digital). What would the […]

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Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

| December 16, 2001

Sixties psychobabble or lucid insight into the working unconscious of the modern human? Hippie manifesto or pragmatic dogma from a fortune cookie? With the substantial paranoia and dawning awareness that we are all one people connected by fiber optic links to a hidden universe behind our eyes, writer/director Cameron Crowe has remade the 1997 Spanish […]

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Not Another Teen Movie

Not Another Teen Movie

| December 15, 2001

So you have spent your career writing and directing various incarnations of the MTV Music Awards and musical shows, parodies of the Matrix and Mission Impossible and the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. What’s next? This was the question director Joel Gallen and writer Mike Bender must have asked themselves. Why not write a teen movie, […]

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Sidewalks of New York

Sidewalks of New York

| December 10, 2001

A postcard from Manhattan, a love letter to the Big Apple, whatever this movie was supposed to be, in the post-September 11th world, it turned out to be little more than a collage of scenes from Woody Allen movies. My friend who went to the movie with me probably had the most accurate take on […]

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Out Cold

Out Cold

| December 10, 2001

Part music video, part Warren Miller movie, Out Cold was way better than I expected. Going in, I figured this movie would be something better suited to USA’s ” Up All Night” rather than the big screen. Out Cold will make its cable television debut eventually, but its kitchy qualities make it big screen worthy. […]