Archive for May, 2003

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

| May 30, 2003

John Lasseter’s genius team over at Pixar has done it again! Being a huge fan of previous Pixar films, particularly Toy Story 2, one of the rare sequels that are better than the original, I went into this film with high expectations and I was not disappointed. Director/writer Andrew Stanton has infused Finding Nemo with […]

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The Dancer Upstairs

The Dancer Upstairs

| May 30, 2003

John Malkovich has brought his storytelling eccentricities to the director’s chair. Malkovich is one of the most recognized “serious” actors, known for choosing darker and heavier material for himself and for being a key player in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which was started by his friend and cohort, Gary Sinise. With The Dancer Upstairs, Malkovich […]

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Eternal Blood [Sangre Eterna]

Eternal Blood [Sangre Eterna]

| May 29, 2003

Directed by Jorge Olguin, Eternal Blood/Sangre Eterna is an updating on the old Mario Bava horror films, complete with plenty of gore and antiheroes in unusual circumstances. The cinematography and artistic style of the film shine, and the characters really come to life in the second half. The film would have greatly benefited from some […]

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First Steps on Mars

First Steps on Mars

| May 29, 2003

In anticipation of NASA’s 2003 Mars missions, First Steps On Mars explores the danger, terrain, and atmosphere that astronauts might encounter there. Featuring footage of the red planet and scientific analysis that proves with near certainty that both water and life once existed on Mars, this program is a fascinating look at the next frontier […]

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Evil Never Dies

Evil Never Dies

| May 27, 2003

Imagine sitting at a celebratory dinner with your closest friends and your significant other. The love of your life goes into the house to bring out a birthday cake and that the last time you see him/her alive again. An evil serial killer who has been stalking you has entered your house and killed the […]

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Bruce Almighty

Bruce Almighty

| May 24, 2003

The “Warnings” didn’t lie. Bruce Almighty is a very fun movie. Several months ago, we began to see those trailers promoting the new Jim Carrey movie that opens this Memorial Day weekend. They showed a regular guy who gets to play God. The question left unanswered: will he use the power for good or for […]

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George Carlin: You Are All Diseased

George Carlin: You Are All Diseased

| May 23, 2003

Having recently reviewed (and enjoyed) a couple of George Carlin DVDs, I was eager to give it another go with 1999’s HBO concert film You Are All Diseased. Eager until the DVD started spinning what looked to me to be more of the same old tired passe observations that this guy has been making for […]

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The Coolie Killer [Saat chut sai ying poon]

The Coolie Killer [Saat chut sai ying poon]

| May 23, 2003

Kicking into high gear right from the start, The Coolie Killer is a classic Hong Kong film of gangs, violence, and the other side of straight-and-narrow. Ko Da-fu (Charlie Chin) is the leader of a five-man hit squad that only accepts contracts taken out on visitors, not native Hong Kong people. Having been in the […]

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Down with Love

Down with Love

| May 20, 2003

Upon the opening animated credits played the tune “Down With Love”, crooned by two very familiar voices that I knew, without being told, belonged to Moulin Rouge’s belter and balladeer Ewan McGregor and Chicago’s raspy voiced murderess, Renee Zellwegger. Candy tinted credits and sappy out-dated lounge music initiated me and my co-conspiring gal pals into […]

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O.C.T.B. Case: The Floating Body

O.C.T.B. Case: The Floating Body

| May 19, 2003

A domestic dispute ends with an ex-con killing his sister-in-law in her condo while her husband is away on business. The brother, not believing his continued bad luck, tries to calm himself by having a cigarette, as he decides that his best course of action is to cut her up in his bathtub using a […]

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