Archive for November, 2002

The Emperor’s Club

The Emperor’s Club

| November 29, 2002

At the start of The Emperor’s Club, one of the young students reads a plaque over the door to his Greek History class. It’s a quote from a virtually unknown Greek King, who speaks of his list of conquers, but speaks nothing about the benefits. This King is unknown in history, explains the Professor, because […]

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My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip

| November 28, 2002

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm In The Middle) narrates the story of his childhood and the lasting impact of a special friend, his dog Skip. The same pup who plays “Eddie” on Frasier, Skip is unique amongst canines, as any pet is to the owner who loves them. Skip is right there as Muniz meets his first […]

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Takhte Siah [Blackboards]

Takhte Siah [Blackboards]

| November 26, 2002

Samira Makhmalbaf had the good sense to be born into the Makhmalbaf House of Film. Her father, Mohsen, is of course, one of the standard-bearers of modern Iranian cinema. His films, from the early gem, The Bicycle, through that surreal wonder, Once Upon a Time Cinema, all the way to the recent topical feature, Kandahar, […]

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Die Another Day

Die Another Day

| November 24, 2002

I’ve read a number of reviews about this film, ranging from the confused to disgruntled to sublime. And so it was with some apprehension that I went to see Die Another Day. The 20th film included plenty of images we’ve all grown to accept as belonging to the Bond franchise, such the now signature opening […]

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Talk to Her [Habla Con Ella]

Talk to Her [Habla Con Ella]

| November 23, 2002

To really appreciate this film, you need to see it under the circumstances I saw it: after nearly two weeks of pretentious though visually stunning French films with the odd Hollywood star vehicle thrown in for good measure. Yeah, I saw Hable Con Ella at the 2002 New York Film Festival, and I was one […]

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8 Mile

8 Mile

| November 22, 2002

I had my hesitancies about Eminem taking a shot at acting. Far too many musicians who can’t act have trying to make the crossover into film with disastrous results, wasting studio money and theater space. Remember Britney Spears’s Crossroads and Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard? And have you seen the posters for the upcoming J. Lo […]

Formula 51

Formula 51

| November 20, 2002

Someone has been watching Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels too much and that person is Ronny Yu. Yu’s latest directorial endeavor left me unsure whether to laugh or be pissed off and ask for my money back. A man such as Yu, who makes good Hong Kong action films should know how to make […]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

| November 17, 2002

When you go to a movie based on a book you’ve read, you aren’t going because you want to be surprised. You know who the characters are, you know what happens, you know how it ends. People who tell you, “don’t tell me anything! I haven’t seen it!”–haven’t read it, either. You go to see […]

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Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday

| November 17, 2002

Though they can’t seem to get around a peace table, the UK and Ireland were able to jointly produce this assault on the senses based on the events of January 30, 1972. Shot in a “you are there” documentary style (shaky handheld camera, bad sound and all), the film is chaos, structured in blackouts that […]

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The Man Who Cheated Himself

The Man Who Cheated Himself

| November 14, 2002

Lieutenant Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb) is a San Francisco homicide dick who is attracted to women like a moth to a blowtorch. His clandestine love affair with socialite Lois Frazier (Jane Wyatt) undergoes a major paradigm shift when she pumps two slugs in a soon-to-be-ex husband bent on mayhem. Cullen is Johnny-on-the spot and […]

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