Archive for March, 2003

Man on the Train [L’Homme du Train]

Man on the Train [L’Homme du Train]

| March 31, 2003

Those around me know that my new movie obsession is “ordinary” French cinema; I am trying to find out whether the people who have established themselves as the undisputed masters of the cinematic language, perform as well on small canvasses using simple concepts as they do with the high art for which they are better […]

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Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham

| March 31, 2003

Coming as it does, at this late stage in the progression of films about the Indian diaspora, Bend It Like Beckham will, without fail, suffer from two kinds of adverse comparisons. The first group of critics will note that this movie has a taste of My Beautiful Laundrette, without any of the complexity. They will […]

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Head of State

Head of State

| March 30, 2003

In one of those made for HBO clips, Chris Rock said he wanted to direct Head of State so that we would see what he had going on in his head when he wrote the script. It seems the evil triumvirate of the Writer/Producer/Star can bite even this most talented of individuals. While not bad, […]

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Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

| March 26, 2003

Dreamcatcher, as the trailers aptly portray, begins as the story of some friends who share a commonality, which in this case is the gift of telepathy. This sort of thing has become nearly a staple of much of Stephen King’s works: Stand By Me, The Stand, etc. However, something happened in the translation from book […]

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View from the Top

View from the Top

| March 26, 2003

View from the Top had a great TV ad, showing promise as a film able to mix an actual story with the slapstick genius of Mike Myers. I had hopes of Airplane II being delivered to me when I walked into the theater. The ads were so full of potential with hints of what could […]

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Bug Off!

Bug Off!

| March 24, 2003

Ever wished your annoying sibling, co-worker, or boss was a bug? Well, in Bug Off!, Krista makes her wish and it’s granted! MTI Home Video has released Artist View Family’s feature film Bug Off! on VHS and DVD and is available for purchase. Now about the movie… Krista played by Briana Shipley (Right on Track) […]

The 75th Annual Academy Awards

The 75th Annual Academy Awards

| March 24, 2003

(Channel-flipping various Oscar pre-shows) You know…maybe keeping Joan and Melissa the hell off the red carpet is a good thing… Oh, those so aren’t real! “Cringetastic.” Hm. I kind of like that… My favourite Oscar gown? The one Harvey Fierstein wears when he gets nominated for something! Bob Hope…He’s a Gemini! His birthday’s not til […]

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Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer

Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer

| March 17, 2003

In the travails of all great fictional detectives, there is a Dostoyevsky-like story of the perfect crime, which is so despicable that it must be avenged by the detective by any means, legal or not. The Master Blackmailer, brought to DVD and video by MPI Home Video, tells such a story with the greatest of […]

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Willard

Willard

| March 17, 2003

It follows the original quite closely, but it’s more of an homage to it rather than an actual remake. The attention to detail is astounding: they made packaging up for props–labels and so forth–that are very witty and clever (a cannister of oats called “Amish Oats,” and a can of nuts with a happy, chops-licking […]

Mel Gibson’s Passion

Mel Gibson’s Passion

| March 15, 2003

Well, the wait is over. Mel Gibson’s controversial film The Passion of The Christ was finally released grossing $125 million its opening weekend and riding steady into becoming one the biggest blockbusters ever. It has crossed over from being just a film into a genuine social event. And, in keeping with the times, it is […]

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