Archive for September, 2002

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

| September 28, 2002

It was the trailer that got me. They played the Anthem of Alabama: the title of this movie. The music of Lynard Skynard has allowed millions of non-Southerners to become Rednecks in absencia. Kind of like St. Patrick’s Day makes everyone Irish for the day. I heard the song and had to see the movie. […]

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I am trying to break your heart

I am trying to break your heart

| September 28, 2002

Wilco, the band, successfully becomes Wilco: The Movie, without the usual fanfare or descent into commercialism typically associated with a music documentary. It is a sad commentary on the currently confused state of the music industry that Wilco is not more popular. This is just one of the realizations you come to when watching photographer […]

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

| September 26, 2002

Hayao Miyazaki has left me scratching my head. His Spirited Away is a fine movie, and its plot credits the audience with oodles more intelligence than 97% of the animation out there, but I didn’t think that it was all that and a bag of rice cakes. To hear the critics sing its praises, you’d […]

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Elling

Elling

| September 25, 2002

When one imagines Norwegian film many people do not normally think lighthearted, comical cinema. I have to admit I think long drawn out character studies directed with a darker vision, such as an Ingmar Bergman film. After viewing Elling, my preconceived notions of Norwegian cinema were shattered. Elling, directed by Petter Næss, is a heartfelt […]

The 40th New York Film Festival

The 40th New York Film Festival

| September 25, 2002

The 40th annual New York Film Festival, which gets under way on September 27th, has often been accused of severe Franco-philia. French films, and films from Francophone countries made either by the French themselves or by a local director steeped in the French filmmaking tradition, seem to dominate the program in most years. Not that […]

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Secretary

Secretary

| September 23, 2002

Secretary is not a movie for my parents. It is not a movie for the kiddies, either. It is a definitive R-rated movie that deals with an adult relationship…of a very unusual kind. Maggie Gyllenhall plays Lee Holloway, a disturbed young adult who, when we first meet her is coming out of an institution that […]

The Banger Sisters

The Banger Sisters

| September 23, 2002

I felt good after seeing The Banger Sisters. It will probably be in my top 10 for the year. Not that there aren’t some holes in the plot or twists you just have to live with, because there are some. But three actors in this movie got me interested and kept me interested and caring […]

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Igby Goes Down

Igby Goes Down

| September 15, 2002

I hate to review movies like Igby Goes Down because I had such a good time watching the movie, I didn’t want to remember the details so I could write about them… I wanted to feel them. Igby Goes Down is a character study and coming of age movie based within a terminally dysfunctional family […]

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City by the Sea

City by the Sea

| September 12, 2002

James Franco was hand picked by Robert De Niro to play his son in this film. If that doesn’t peak your interest in this young actor, nothing will. City by the Sea, while having the appearance and tone of a cop/action movie, is actually a character driven drama about father-son relationships. Based on a true […]

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Swimfan

Swimfan

| September 10, 2002

“Well, it wasn’t that bad,” was the best I could muster as my wife and I began to discuss Swimfan, a so-so flick by director-actor John Polson (Siam Sunset, What’s Going on Frank) whose mediocre previous efforts have continued here. We have a high-school jock who has turned his life around after a bad start […]