Archive for January, 2002

The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

| January 30, 2002

In Arlington Road, director Mark Pellington’s first movie, Jeff Bridges’ character was driven to the edge by suspicions about his neighbors. He alienated his friends through his paranoia and brought himself to the brink of a nervous breakdown, only to have his supposedly irrational fears realized in the final moments of the film. In Pellington’s […]

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I Am Sam

I Am Sam

| January 30, 2002

For all intents and purposes, I Am Sam wants to be the modern day Kramer vs. Kramer. You know, updated. Enlightened. Politically Correct. Relevant. So rather than proving that men (in general) can make good fathers (because we assume that now), the film decides that the real parenting issue confronting us today is whether or […]

A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember

| January 28, 2002

What does a teenage starlet do once she has taken the music, modeling and MTV world by storm? Well, if you’re Mandy Moore, your next stop ain’t Disneyland, it’s motion pictures. A Walk To Remember showcases Moore in her first starring role as good Christian girl Jamie Sullivan. Jamie is the girl in school who […]

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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

| January 27, 2002

As in most of the greatest stories of revenge, the main goal is to have the audience rooting for the protagonist to exact the punishment that he or she sees fit for the unruly deed bestowed upon them. (Well, hoo-rah!) “Death is too good for them,” Edmund Dantes (James Caviezel, Frequency), incognito as The Count […]

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Iris

Iris

| January 24, 2002

It is incredibly hard to make an interesting movie about a literary icon’s life, much less one based on an adoring husband’s recollections. Still, Iris somehow manages to hold its head above water. The main reason for this is the exceptional acting talent channeled into an otherwise uninspired project. Judi Dench and Kate Winslet hold […]

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

| January 20, 2002

Starving. For the average American, the word is used in reference to missing a meal. In Somalia in 1992, the word was used in the sense that is only too real. Three hundred thousand Somalians (just under the metropolitan population of Miami, Florida) starved to death and nearly a million others were cut off from […]

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The 2002 Sundance Film Festival Diary

The 2002 Sundance Film Festival Diary

| January 18, 2002

OPENING NIGHT One can tell that the Sundance Film Festival, now in its fifteenth year, is upon us, when even in the Los Angeles airport would-be filmmakers accost this unsuspecting journalist. Ah yes, if it’s January, welcome to Sundance 2002. It’s the first festival of the year and one of the major North American film […]

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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

| January 16, 2002

It’s really too bad that Russell Crowe won his Oscar for the overrated Gladiator, because he has done far better work in far better movies (L.A. Confidential, The Insider), and in A Beautiful Mind, he almost singlehandedly elevates Ron Howard’s very good film into the realm of greatness. Inhabiting Nobel Prize winning mathematician — and […]

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Orange County

Orange County

| January 11, 2002

To review Orange County, I need to use three analogies. First is a Roller Coaster. When you get on a roller coaster, you’re all excited as you begin to go up that first hill that gives you enough potential energy (that’s physics, folks) to go though the entire coaster: …ratchet -a -ratchet- a- ratchet-a–ratcheta … […]

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Gosford Park

Gosford Park

| January 10, 2002

Since this is ostensibly an English whodunit in the tradition of Agatha Christie, let me first talk about what Gosford Park has in common with the numerous Poirot movies that have been giving mystery-philes like me unimaginable pleasure ever since the advent of David Suchet as the mustachioed detective. The story is a variation on […]

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