Archive for June, 2003

28 Days Later

28 Days Later

| June 26, 2003

Director Danny Boyle’s (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach) new film 28 Days Later is a tale of two movies. In a time where true horror films are as common as water in the Sahara, Boyle delivers a solid film with plenty of scares. Unfortunately the last 45 minutes of the film fall short of greatness […]

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The Hulk

The Hulk

| June 25, 2003

Don’t get Nick Nolte angry. You won’t understand him when he’s angry. And you might not understand what the hell just happened in The Hulk either. Enough about how realistic the CGI is (and it’s pretty impressive, especially during the close-ups and a spectacular shrinking Banner sequence near the end). Suspending your disbelief with the […]

Jackass: The Movie

Jackass: The Movie

| June 25, 2003

Several months ago I was browsing through the video aisles when I realized there was one film I had not seen and which none of our writers had reviewed. Although highly touted by even the most unlikely of sources, I chose never to watch the film, holding high my banner of self-righteous pride in what […]

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Dark Shadows DVD Collection, Volumes 1-6

Dark Shadows DVD Collection, Volumes 1-6

| June 23, 2003

To hear my mother tell it, she began coming home from work only to have her 9-year old son (me) talk incessantly about witches and ghosts and vampires and time travel. After some careful sleuthing, she attributed my strange dinner conversations to a little known (but rapidly becoming popular) soap opera. Without so much as […]

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Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns

| June 23, 2003

Chico, California. April, 1990. It’s a Saturday afternoon, and I wander into a clothing store. As I look at the dresses, the music playing throughout the store starts to register. I had never heard songs so…quirky…before. Then Particle Man started playing. I asked the shopgirl who the band was. “They Might Be Giants,” she told […]

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Hollywood Homicide

Hollywood Homicide

| June 22, 2003

Joe Gavilan (Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones) anxiously stands in front of a house in the Mt. Olympus housing complex in Hollywood, CA, with the trunk of his Cadillac partially opened. His cell phone rings, playing the opening to a Christmas song. After some fussing he hangs up and then gets another call. Gavilan answers and […]

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The Animatrix

The Animatrix

| June 22, 2003

Calling all Matrix, comic book, and animation freaks–there is a new DVD available called The Animatrix which you need to own. The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the back story of the Matrix universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix. […]

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Alex & Emma

Alex & Emma

| June 22, 2003

Alex & Emma is to movie love stories what the song Silly Love Songs by Sir Paul McCartney is to love songs: a cute little ditty that you think nicely about but it will never crack your top 50 list in the genre. Just as you would give anything penned by the ex-Beatle a listen […]

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Full Throttle

Full Throttle

| June 21, 2003

Director Derek Yee takes the action and excitement of Hong Kong motorcycle racing and wraps it in the cloth of human drama. Jaded local cycle hero Andy Lau meets newcomer David Ng, as positive and open-minded as Lau is cynical. Ng believes in himself and his abilities; Lau doubts himself and his future. Both believe […]

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Chaos

Chaos

| June 21, 2003

Ringu is the original version of the popular U.S. remake, The Ring. Hideo Nakata directed the original, and I felt it was much better than the remake, which was acclaimed by critics and a box-office hit. With Ringu, Nakata showed a particular talent for infusing terror and humor into contemporary myth. The year after that […]