Archive for January, 2003

Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls

| January 31, 2003

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid the Tooth Fairy was never anything you feared. She was a nice little woman that would come and leave you some money for losing a tooth. Not a bad deal all in all. Darkness Falls ensures that any child who witnesses this cinematic folly […]

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Noir City by the Bay: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival

Noir City by the Bay: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival

| January 31, 2003

The unique urban landscape of San Francisco–foggy, dreamlike, full of dizzying heights and stunning vistas of sky and sea–pictorially canonized numerous films of the 1940’s and 50’s. Despite a cinematic era when the term location shoot frequently meant Bronson Canyon or Griffith Park in Los Angeles, many productions headed northward to the Barbary Coast in […]

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Adaptation

Adaptation

| January 26, 2003

I’m thinking about writing a movie review…I am thinking about that Escher drawing of a hand drawing a hand drawing a hand drawing a… I’m thinking about how Adaptation is a lot like those hands. What’s confusing about Adaptation is…well…where does reality leave off and the fantasy of filmmaking begin? Throughout the history of theatre, […]

The 2003 Sundance Film Festival Diary

The 2003 Sundance Film Festival Diary

| January 25, 2003

Opening Night: Sundance Returns Bigger Than Ever–Confidence A Smash! As far as independent films go, they don’t get a better showcase than here at Sundance, the world’s foremost indie Film Festival. Another year and it’s shaping up to be Sundance at its finest. Already In town are the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Billy Bob […]

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Jack Movez

Jack Movez

| January 24, 2003

Backyard directors The Quiroz Brothers are about to unleash another shot-on-video gangster action pic, Jack Movez. This time, the Ybarra brothers are jammed deep in debt, so they hire someone to stage a phony robbery of their jewelry store to collect the insurance. Perez and Mitch, two ex-Marines-turned-small-time street thugs, agree to pull off a […]

A Guy Thing

A Guy Thing

| January 23, 2003

A Guy Thing is a silly little movie that uses a TV formula of unintentional act followed by miscommunication and cover up before the resolution. It could also be called How To Lose A Woman in 7 Days. The good news is that Director Chris Koch (Snow Day) knew what he had and found a […]

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The Newcomers

The Newcomers

| January 21, 2003

MTI, a leading independent home entertainment studio will release Artist View Family’s film The Newcomers, on VHS and DVD February 4, 2003. The Newcomers, starring Jeff Fahey, (Wyatt Earp, TV’s Wolf Lake), Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, Remember the Titans), Matt McCoy (L.A. Confidential, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle), and Chris McCoy is a sweet […]

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National Security

National Security

| January 21, 2003

Not surprisingly, I see a lot of movies. I managed to see 66 movies in 2002, not counting the few I saw more than once. Consequently, I also see a lot of previews for upcoming movies. And I’ve noticed that lately a big catchphrase in them (lately, in the trailers for The Recruit and Basic) […]

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Another Heaven

Another Heaven

| January 17, 2003

Investigating detectives Manabu (Eguchi Yousuke) and Tobitaka (Harada Yoshio) don’t know it, yet, but they have just been called to the scene of the first of a series of horribly gruesome murders. The corpse at the first scene appears pretty much intact, until one of them notices that the hair at the back of the […]

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P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

| January 15, 2003

At first glance, the name of this film seemed a little too gimmicky for me. Couple that with the fact that it is directed by 80’s comedy star Steve Guttenberg, and you see why I expected it to be the usual confused and confusing first-time fare served up by actor-directors. Denzel Washington channeled his intense […]

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