Archive for August, 2002

Simone

Simone

| August 27, 2002

Opening scene: POV: the bottom of a candy jar looking up at director Viktor Taransky picking out the red Ike & Mike candies because his star Nicola Anders has stipulated in her contract that the red ones will not be in the bowl. My thoughts – Why is the director doing this instead of a […]

Serving Sara

Serving Sara

| August 26, 2002

Well…just about. There are some movies you see (usually on cable because you’re very bored, or on video because someone else got to choose or all the good movies were already rented) and you just ask, “Why, when there are so many things to spend money on, was this thing ever made?” And, yep, you […]

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The Good Girl

The Good Girl

| August 23, 2002

Justine Last has been The Good Girl all her life. She grew up, stayed out of trouble, got married to a man she fell in love with and they began their life together. But that’s as far as it got. Seven years later, she is stuck in a less than boring job in retail hell, […]

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March

March

| August 17, 2002

Director, James Mercurio received an M.A. and a Hopwood Award from University of Michigan. Currently, he is a frequent contributor to the magazine Creative Screenwriting. In one article he sums up his necessities for a good movie, “In art, I value darkness, complexity and ambiguity because they mirror honest feelings.” Me, too! And candy. I […]

Blue Crush

Blue Crush

| August 16, 2002

Mixed review? You betcha. Director Ron Underwood (City Slickers, Mighty Joe Young) throws every possible photographic trick at us–some a nauseating amount of times -while telling us the story of Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth from Beware of the Titans), a sort of local Hawaiian howlie surfer who overcomes her fears to attain her dreams. Well, […]

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

| August 16, 2002

I don’t get paid enough to watch movies like this. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this one. Let’s see… Going through my Reviewer’s Dictionary of Bad Movie Terms I see the following: “Dreadful.” “Kept looking at my watch.” “Oh dear, when is this going to end.” Pluto Nash (Eddie Murphy) […]

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The Master of Disguise

The Master of Disguise

| August 14, 2002

I went to see Master of Disguise on Saturday and I want – no, I insist – on an apology from Dana Carvey, and from the doctors that saved his life. Before all you happy-go-lucky, nice and sweet types start bashing me assuming I am asking for the death of Dana Carvey, hear me out. […]

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XXX

XXX

| August 14, 2002

Just like a jug of moonshine, the XXX label ensures the contents to be unhealthful, disorienting, and nauseating when taken in too large a quantity. I’ll admit it…I want to like Vin Diesel. He was a much-needed shot in the arm for “Pitch Black,” and one of the few redeeming qualities of “The Fast and […]

Sunshine State

Sunshine State

| August 10, 2002

My first introduction to John Sayles was his brilliantly realized independent film, The Brother from Another Planet (1984). As I watched him flesh out political ideas using his actors and a strong story instead of spoon-feeding the audience with tired expressions, I remember thinking this director had a way with filmmaking that others lacked. He […]

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Blood Work

Blood Work

| August 10, 2002

A quick open note to one of my acting heroes Clint Eastwood: “Jeez, Clint, what happened here? How can you go from directing such good movies as Unforgiven, True Crime, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and even Space Cowboys, to directing this little piece of dreck?” OK, I’m back. I went to […]