Archive for January, 2002

Coco’s 10 Best and Worst of 2001

Coco’s 10 Best and Worst of 2001

| January 10, 2002

Okay, right off the bat, let me just say that my list is totally unorthodox, as far as “Movie Reviews” go. Because I’ m putting movies I liked, regardless of how respected they weren’t, and the movies I didn’t like include some I haven’t seen…often because the way the film was promoted made me all […]

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Impostor

Impostor

| January 8, 2002

I walked into Impostor fully expecting it to suck. Rather close-minded thinking from a reviewer, you might say, but all things considered, I think a bit of trepidation on my part was more than justified. Admittedly, all was not doom and gloom. Impostor sprang from a sound source, so to speak. It was based on […]

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray

| January 6, 2002

The trailer featured the film Charlotte Gray as having explosions, a train wreck, World War II resistance fighters, collaborators, and espionage. It is the story of how a Scottish woman, Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth, The Gift), joins the French Resistance to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend Peter Gregory (Rupert Penry-Jones) who has […]

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The Day of the Beast [El Dia de la Bestia]

The Day of the Beast [El Dia de la Bestia]

| January 6, 2002

I can’t quite get a handle on Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia. I’ve seen his perverse tale of two highway bandits, Perdita Durango (Dance with the Devil, 1997), starring Rosie Perez and Javier Bardem as her demonic lover who needs humans to sacrifice before he can go on a mission for his mob boss. […]

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The Devil’s Backbone [El Espinazo del Diablo]

The Devil’s Backbone [El Espinazo del Diablo]

| January 4, 2002

Abandoned at an isolated orphanage during the Spanish Civil War, ten-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) finds himself in an eerie world on the brink of destruction. His new home is an imposing though deteriorating compound of buildings that encircle a dusty courtyard, the cool darkness of its interiors offering little sanctuary from the desert sun or […]

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The Shipping News

The Shipping News

| January 3, 2002

I’ve read a few reviews about The Shipping News over the past few weeks. They seem to range from glowing to pessimistic, with more than enough variants in-between. I have not read E. Annie Proulx’s novel, and probably will not. I am of the opinion that a book and a novel are two different things. […]

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How High

How High

| January 2, 2002

Following in the line of such renowned weed films as Up in Smoke, Friday and Half-Baked comes one of 2001’s best movies in the Jesse Dylan directed How High. Or at least you would hope it would be one of the year’s best films considering it was directed by the son of artistic genius Bob […]

Kandahar

Kandahar

| January 2, 2002

It is unfortunate that the name Kandahar became common currency before this extraordinary film’s commercial release. That makes the movie topical and well-timed, and this timeliness discounts Kandahar’s aesthetic worth, its value as pure art. The Iranian filmmaking tradition and director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s vision are in full flow here, making the movie a visually stunning […]

The Affair of the Necklace

The Affair of the Necklace

| January 2, 2002

Trouble is evident during the main title sequence. Any hope of stylistic cohesion is destroyed during the opening credits by the choice of music, which is probably lovely on the stereo but absurdly emotive in contrast to the coldness of the opening images of the Necklace that wreaks such havoc in pre-Revolutionary France. My only […]

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Manhunter

Manhunter

| January 1, 2002

Unlike the boogeymen in such horror films as Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and their imitators, nothing comes close to the utterly chilling malevolence in Michael Mann’s Manhunter. William Peterson, previously seen in To Live and Die in L.A. and recently in The Contender and TV’s C.S.I., essays the title role […]