Archive for February, 2002

Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned

| February 27, 2002

If you’ve never read anything by Anne Rice, and especially if you never read The Queen of the Damned itself, you just won’t get this movie adaptation. If you’ve ever read anything by Anne Rice, and especially if you read The Queen of the Damned, you’ll be cursing the filmmakers by the end. Imagine if […]

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Slackers

Slackers

| February 22, 2002

Well, there’s not too much to say here. When previews started hitting the airwaves, I wasn’t exactly expecting a great movie. The presence of Jason Shwartzman, though, hinted at some hidden quality in a film that otherwise looked as if it reeked of the typical Hollywood teenage movie, with dialogue any twelve year-old would get […]

Real Genius

Real Genius

| February 22, 2002

“. . .Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes, on top of a pyramid, with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?” Chris Knight (Val Kilmer, Tombstone), senior at Pacific Tech., all around goof-off, and genius, quizzically responds to his new roommate — freshman […]

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John Q

John Q

| February 19, 2002

As the current number one movie in the United States, John Q is riveting, emotional and inspiring. By tackling one of the most important and controversial topics affecting millions of Americans daily — health care and HMOs — the movie takes a look at possibly the worst possible outcome of the way things now are. […]

Crossroads

Crossroads

| February 17, 2002

Pre-Review Rant It wasn’t bad enough that my wife dragged me to see The Vagina Monologues on Valentine’s Day, where I felt I was in “enemy.” man-hating territory. She also didn’t want to see Crossroads, so I was sent, alone, into teenie-bopper hell to witness what I hoped would be a better than bad teen […]

The Dark Corner

The Dark Corner

| February 17, 2002

Spirited discussions about film noir often hinge on subjective applications of traditional categorizations such as “crime drama,” “suspense,” “mystery” and “melodrama.” Which crime dramas are film noirs? Aren’t some melodramas actually noirs? Are certain Alfred Hitchcock films actually noirs or suspense films? While this debate is often the equivalent of using cinematic algebra to square […]

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Super Troopers

Super Troopers

| February 16, 2002

A handful of highway patrol troopers in upstate Vermont must fight to keep their jobs when their captain is warned that they must write more tickets or be given the axe. Written and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, who also plays Thorny, the unspoken leader of the crew, Super Troopers is funny in a Three Stooges […]

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Rollerball

Rollerball

| February 16, 2002

Getting right to the point, this is a bad movie. I can’t think of a single reason that anyone should see it. Generally, I can find something worthwhile about most films, but not this time. This is going to be brief — it’s not worth spending a lot of time or energy on. I saw […]

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

| February 11, 2002

But seriously, using the sarcastic subtitle as a segue, Arnold Schwarzenegger is an actor who wears a lot of hats. In movies like Kindergarten Cop and Twins, he wears the comedy hat, and in movies like Commando and Predator, he wears the action hat. In his latest film, Collateral Damage, postponed until now due to […]

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Best & Worst 2001

Best & Worst 2001

| February 11, 2002

A quick preface: two films that screened in 2001 are not on my list only because they did not technically debut in 2001. The first, Apocalypse Now: Redux, proves that it is possible to improve a classic by adding depth to the characters. The other, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is my number one […]

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