Archive for April, 2003

Spellbound

Spellbound

| April 29, 2003

The word “alkali” will remain with me till my dying day. I was 10 years old, had never had a real chemistry class and therefore I was blissfully unaware of the possibility that that ‘c’-as-in-cat sound could be spelled with a ‘k’. So I was eliminated early on the regional Spelling Bee, and to this […]

It Runs in the Family

It Runs in the Family

| April 28, 2003

It’s not uncommon for a movie to feature, in the opening titles, old black-and-white “family” snapshots of the characters as small children, the characters in school, the characters getting married…But while watching the opening credits of It Runs in the Family it occurs to you that…these photos are real! That photo of Kirk Douglas, his […]

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Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness

| April 26, 2003

MTI Home Video releases the romantic comedy, Pursuit Of Happiness, on VHS and DVD May 20th. The heart-felt romantic comedy stars Frank Whaley (Chelsea Walls, Pulp Fiction, Swimming with Sharks), Annabeth Gish (The X-Files, Double Jeopardy, Nixon), Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity, Interstate 60, Sweetwater), Cress Williams (Providence, Nash Bridges, ER), Jean Stapleton (You’ve Got Mail, […]

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Chasing Papi

Chasing Papi

| April 21, 2003

That being said, I went to see Chasing Papi because I’d seen the preview, and it looked interesting. And it was, but not because of the writing or the plot…what was interesting is that it was a definitely ethnic-oriented movie. And the way it portrayed female archetypes and (dare I say?) role models was fascinating. […]

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The Second Weekend of the 5th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

The Second Weekend of the 5th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

| April 21, 2003

A sparkling new 35 mm print of Union Station (1950) opened the weekend screening schedule on Friday night. This Chicago-based police procedural is set in the environs of that city’s famous train station and delineates the kidnapping for ransom of a blind heiress. William Holden stars as the principal detective-lieutenant who becomes involved with helpful […]

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Spun

Spun

| April 19, 2003

It doesn’t take long to realize you’re in B-movie hell with this flick, especially once John Leguizamo appears on the screen. The juvenile animation sequences that periodically spring up, along with the jarring, amateurish zoom sequences (ripped off, poorly, from Requiem for a Dream) that accompany drug intake, serve to put the viewer in a […]

Bulletproof Monk

Bulletproof Monk

| April 19, 2003

Chow Yun-Fat is an international superstar, but you’d never know it by the features starring him in this country. But none before have equalled Bulletproof Monk for sheer trashiness. Not that Chow Yun-Fat doesn’t try damned hard with what he’s given. Unfortunately, and due to elements beyond Mr. Yun-Fat, the Monk’s character comes off as […]

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Living and Dying on Everest

Living and Dying on Everest

| April 15, 2003

Living and Dying on Everest gives viewers an insider’s perspective on the real experience of making the incredible journey to Everest’s summit, from altitude sickness, to Buddhist rituals performed by the Sherpa guides, to finding the remains of climbers that perished trying to reach the peak. I don’t often set aside time to watch documentaries, […]

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Better Luck Tomorrow

Better Luck Tomorrow

| April 15, 2003

Justin Lin’s first nationally released film, Better Luck Tomorrow, is a coming of age story that is just like the bored and restless high school kids it follows: bursting with pent up energy, but subject to the misguided naïveté of youth as well. The story follows Ben (Parry Shen) as he cruises through his senior […]

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Abandoned

Abandoned

| April 15, 2003

During American Cinematheque’s recent Film Noir festival, I decided to join our resident noir expert, A.K. Rode, for a screening of this rarely seen gem which took us into the seamier side of late 1940’s Los Angeles, as a reporter (Dennis O’Keefe) pursues a missing girl into the bowels of a black market baby racket. […]