Archive for July, 2003

Killers 2: The Beast

Killers 2: The Beast

| July 28, 2003

When Heather (Kim Little) wakens to find herself strapped to a hospital bed in an asylum for the criminally insane, she goes a little berserk. Problem is, she isn’t aware of this other personality, this dark side. And she is the prime suspect for a vicious massacre in which she claims to be the sole […]

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life

| July 27, 2003

It could have been the 10:15 PM screening. Or the fact that it was warm in the theater. Or that I was thirsty and the concession stand was closed. Or that the stadium style seats were not even as comfortable as something at Anaheim Stadium. Or…. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is […]

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Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers

| July 22, 2003

There has been a spate of pseudo-cynical war films recently–shot, obviously, before 9/11–questioning American military involvement in various global theatres. These films–Three Kings, Black Hawk Down and now Gregor Jordan’s Buffalo Soldiers–present the army as corrupted, indiscreet, brutal and divided. They suggest a move within the mainstream to interrogate, and a generation of filmmakers learning […]

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The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

| July 22, 2003

This scathing indictment of Professional Boxing, dubbed the “red light district” of pro sports, packs a big factual punch. In his final film, Humphrey Bogart plays an out-of-work sports columnist who compromises his principles to become a PR shill for fight promoter Nick Benko (Rod Steiger). Benko is a diabolically brilliant promoter who is as […]

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

| July 21, 2003

I was so pleased with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, I seriously wanted to grab people waiting in line for the next screening as I left the theater with my girlfriend and just chortle at them gleefully for what they were about to experience. While I refrained from this random […]

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

| July 18, 2003

Let’s say you’re “King of the World” and you haven’t had much else to do since 1997. What do you do for fun? Why not go back to a successful series of movies you wrote before and pick up another paycheck by lending your name to another one? But which series? How about Aliens? Naw, […]

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Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

| July 18, 2003

Immediately after the screening of Swimming Pool, the theater was abuzz with conversation. The last time I heard that kind of buzz was in last year’s Lovely & Amazing where everyone was incredulous how bad the movie was. This was a different kind of buzz. A good buzz. A buzz where there were three or […]

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Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

| July 18, 2003

All the things I liked about the first Charlie’s Angels film, such as spontaneity, campiness and a real sense of girl-power fun, were completely removed from the second one and I have no idea why! Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle is nothing more than a poorly written, overly caffeinated, 2 hour breast fest. I realize that […]

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Dark Side

Dark Side

| July 18, 2003

In Dark Side, Corporate lawyer, Megan Wright, is drawn into a world where you trust no one when her twin sister, Jane commits a questionable suicide. As Megan puts her life and love on hold to sort out her sister’s belongings, she allows herself to be pulled into Jane’s erotic world full of domineering sex […]

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

| July 18, 2003

I was coerced into watching the first Legally Blonde movie against my will. A dumb blonde with the sorority girl mindset was not anything I was remotely interested in. But after watching Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods take down her ego-man boyfriend, hook up with the charming Luke Wilson and get her Harvard law degree against […]

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