Archive for July, 2002

Tadpole

Tadpole

| July 28, 2002

Tadpole is an adult comedy about a 15-year-old boy (first timer Aaron Stanford as Oscar) who is in love with his 40-year-old stepmother (Sigourney Weaver–Heartbreakers, Aliens 1–4). It is adult not because of nudity or even language, but because of the subject. The story revolves around Oscar Grubman’s Thanksgiving break of 10th grade. Inspired by […]

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers in Goldmember

| July 27, 2002

First, a quick recap. Your humble critic absolutely loved the original, Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (forthwith AP1). With equal fervor in the opposite direction, he loathed Austin Powers, the Spy Who Shagged Me (forthwith AP2). So, what’s his verdict on the third installment of the film? Painful. Absolutely painful. Oh, not the film. […]

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The Killer

The Killer

| July 26, 2002

The Killer by John Woo is not just a nonstop blood-fest; it is a stylish and emotionally engaging film. Chow Yun-Fat is Jeffrey, a professional killer who begins to feel remorse when an innocent bystander named Jennie is blinded during one of his hits. Remorse and concern for her turn to love. If Jeffrey is […]

Stuart Little 2

Stuart Little 2

| July 22, 2002

If you want great cinema (or at least an attempt at great cinema) go see Road to Perdition. If you have kids under the age of 12 and want them to enjoy meaningful entertainment, go see Stuart Little 2. No, it’s not Oscar-worthy material like Shrek, but it is a sweet, charming film that reunites […]

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Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween: Resurrection

| July 22, 2002

Nothing is more important to a true horror movie buff like myself then to finally, FINALLY, learn the history behind the manic: why they do what they do, what motivates them, why can’t they be stopped, etc. So, after Mike Myers’ head was lopped off in the last installment, Halloween: H2O, by scream queen Jamie […]

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K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker

| July 20, 2002

Long before the champagne bottle fails to break across the bow of the submarine number 294, a mariner’s curse, we know that this is a ship in trouble. There are leaks in dry dock. There is faulty wiring and gauges. It’s the lowest bidder phenomenon with no quality control. This is the setup for K-19: […]

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Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

| July 15, 2002

I know the Croc Hunter, Steve Irwin, is all the rage over on a couple of cable channels, but I’ve never been a fan, really. I’ve always thought of him as sort of an Australian Robin Leach with an overabundance of testosterone. Although I have taken great delight in spoofs of the show. And, of […]

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Bob Le Flambeur [Bob the Gambler]

Bob Le Flambeur [Bob the Gambler]

| July 15, 2002

Fold in varied amounts of The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing, add both obligatory and surprising French seasoning from director Jean-Pierre Melville, stir well and you have his cinematic valentine to post WWII Paris and American Film Noir: Bob Le Flambeur (1955). Bob the Gambler (Roger Duchesne) exudes a professional mien as he glides through […]

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The Lost Son

The Lost Son

| July 14, 2002

In true detective fashion, world-weary P.I. Xavier Lombard (Daniel Auteuil–Manon of the Spring) is wrapping up another case. A husband has hired Lombard to find out if his wife is cheating on him. In a scene most telling of contemporary attitudes and economy, Lombard confronts the wife with his photographic and tape recorded evidence. He […]

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Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire

| July 13, 2002

While in Ireland recently, I had the opportunity to talk with some of the people involved with the filming of Rob Bowman’s Reign Of Fire, written by Gregg Chabot & Kevin Peterka and Matt Greenberg. Quick to point out that the film was one of those rushed into production when a potential SAG strike loomed […]

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