Archive for March, 2002

Death to Smoochy

Death to Smoochy

| March 30, 2002

The sheer amount of garbage on television is amazing and the garbage shows we feed to kids are ten times worse. And to complicate matters, not only do we watch this junk, but overly lenient parents will spend hundreds of dollars buying crap merchandise: candies, sweatshirts, bed sheets and toys that run one time before […]

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Panic Room

Panic Room

| March 30, 2002

After what looks like a messy divorce, Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter move into a very special brownstone home in New York City. It has a very special room that they can occupy in case of danger: the panic room. You can’t get into the panic room. But the burglars who arrive in […]

The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing

| March 29, 2002

I give it a 2-1/2. It doesn’t contain one frame of originality or one shrewd of creativity. The cast didn’t stand a chance given this material, but Cameron Diaz (There’s Something About Mary -1998) really needs to avoid this kind of crap in the future. Here, she does a bad Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H – 1970) […]

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Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

| March 27, 2002

There’s an old saying that during the monsoon, it rains twice a week in Bombay: once for three days, and once for four days. There was only a drizzle – a stop-and-go one at that – when I walked to the theater yesterday, and I couldn’t help thinking about how good it would be to […]

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Oscar Moments 2002

Oscar Moments 2002

| March 27, 2002

Closing credits of the preshow on E! Why do they have a credit for Melissa Rivers’ shoes when we never see her feet!? ABC Red Carpet Preshow “Owen Wilson hails from Texas.” Yeah. No shit. Denzel’s wife looks like she’s gonna deck someone if he doesn’t win. She kinda looks like a drag queen, actually. […]

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The First Annual Film Monthly Awards

The First Annual Film Monthly Awards

| March 27, 2002

Film Monthly has been around since 1999. We’ve had a number of very good writers with us since that time. This year we decided to award those writers whose reviews, articles, and other works for the year 2001 were the most exceptional. The selections were made by myself and my Editor, Jon Bastian. The final […]

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Sorority Boys

Sorority Boys

| March 25, 2002

Well, the WB seems to be lightening up a bit. Remember the days when they had a fit over Jessica Biel of 7th Heaven fame doing an almost nude shoot for Gear magazine? Luckily those days are over, cause they never would’ve allowed Barry Watson (7th Heaven), or Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) to star as bosom […]

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

| March 25, 2002

Being left behind. A feeling that all of us have encountered on one level or another throughout the coarse of our lives. The unsettling feeling of being alone, unsure of the surroundings, and no clue how to get back to that familiar place, which instills a certain comfort. But what if it happens to an […]

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Borstal Boy

Borstal Boy

| March 25, 2002

I admit it: Until seeing Borstal Boy, I didn’t have a clue what a borstal was. I thought it had something to do with beet soup, some spelling variation that I should have learned in junior high. Going in, I didn’t know anything about Borstal Boy except that it was homoerotic, what with all the […]

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Oscar Wrap 2002

Oscar Wrap 2002

| March 25, 2002

Regular readers of my annual Oscar Rant and Wrap Up know that I usually find plenty to complain about when it comes to the nominees and the ceremony, so it might be a surprise this year that I really have nothing bad to say about the 74th Annual Academy Awards. In fact, I was bowled […]

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