Archive for October, 2002

Food of Love

Food of Love

| October 26, 2002

An official selection for the Berlin International Film Festival, Food of Love is a delicate and nuanced look at relationships: between mother and son, between idol and worshipper, between friends and between lovers. The film is based on David Leavitt’s The Page-Turner and follows a young pianist’s journey from California to Barcelona to New York, […]

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White Oleander

White Oleander

| October 13, 2002

Many times policemen try not to put a first time child offender into the system because it can damage their chances to become better citizens. Under the wrong conditions, to put a child into the foster care system can do the same thing. White Oleander follows one teenager’s tragic journey through a series of foster […]

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Knockaround Guys

Knockaround Guys

| October 13, 2002

I waited a long time for this movie. It was on my reservation list in June of 2001. I almost thought it would never get released, having it’s release date pushed back at least 4 times. My reaction is to wonder what I was waiting for. It’s not a bad movie, but you won’t be […]

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Swept Away

Swept Away

| October 12, 2002

Regular viewers of our little corner of the web notice that movies stay posted as long as they are in the theaters and then move to the Archive section for the video renters. If you’re reading this now in the current section it must have been within 3 weeks of Swept Away being released because […]

The Rules of Attraction

The Rules of Attraction

| October 12, 2002

This movie was a disturbing peek into a world I knew nothing about. When I went to college, I knew drugs were around, but I wasn’t into them so never walked down the hall of my dorm asking if anyone had any pot (or coke, or whatever else we ingest to get high or come […]

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Red Dragon

Red Dragon

| October 5, 2002

It happened for Godfather II–it could happen for Red Dragon. Along with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, here is my 2nd choice for the little gold statue nominations. The most important thing to relate about Red Dragon is that it is as creepy as the original. It is a horror story that thrills with the […]

The Tuxedo

The Tuxedo

| October 4, 2002

To those reviewers who consider The Tuxedo silly, over-the-top, ridiculous, far-fetched, or just plain dumb, I have but one thing to say: You just don’t get it. Obviously, you have not watched enough Jackie Chan films. Very few of his films take themselves too seriously. Just as Mr. Chan seems to live his life carefree […]

Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile

| October 2, 2002

When I was asked to review Mona Lisa Smile, I honestly had no idea what it was or who was in it. I mentioned having to see it to a friend, and he seemed genuinely pleased, so I assumed it might have some merit. Imagine my shock when I waited the entire film for some […]

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Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark

| October 2, 2002

About halfway through Dancer In the Dark, director Lars Von Trier’s award winning musical, one thing becomes abundantly clear. Like Titanic or Pearl Harbor, the ending ain’t gonna be happy. At a key point the lead character Selma, played by Icelandic electro-pop music sensation, Bjork, confesses to a friend her love of a certain type […]

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Barbershop

Barbershop

| October 2, 2002

A fraction of the typical Hollywood budget. No action sequences to speak of. Characters who lay their lives bare as much in their dialogue as their actions. Forget about Full Frontal. Here is a film that rests firmly in the tradition of low-budget independent filmmaking. Two of the film’s producers, Robert Teitel and George Tillman […]