Archive for August, 2003

The Battle of Shaker Heights

The Battle of Shaker Heights

| August 22, 2003

I watched with interest HBO’s sophomore version of Project Greenlight, where a complete unknown writer is chosen to have their screenplay directed by other novices and the result is a “major release” film. The show lets us get the ultimate inside look as the movie is cast, produced and shot. The budget that tie in […]

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American Splendor

American Splendor

| August 22, 2003

American Splendor is the story of Harvey Pekar (that’s pronounced PEE-Kar), a truly ordinary kind of guy who is making his way through life as a file clerk for the Veterans Administration. Talk about your middle of the bell curve for boring. The key here is that he’s sharper than your every day 9 to […]

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King Kong

King Kong

| August 21, 2003

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre resurrected the apotheosis of the fantasy genre, King Kong (1933) for a special 70th anniversary screening this past Saturday. Judging by the queue that snaked from the front of the Egyptian Theatre, through the courtyard, and onto Hollywood Boulevard, one could be forgiven if it seemed more like […]

Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit

| August 16, 2003

Seabiscuit is a movie about a horse. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Who the hell wants to see a movie about a horse? Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were saying, “Who the hell wants to see a pirate movie?” and look what happened there. This isn’t just a movie about […]

Le Divorce

Le Divorce

| August 16, 2003

Merchant-Ivory films usually mean two things: gorgeous views of great cities, and period costumes. Had I realised that Le Divorce was a Merchant-Ivory film, I might not have seen it; I have nothing against them, and I quite liked Room With a View, but if I want to see a film laden with incomprehensible symbolism, […]

Goodbye Lenin!

Goodbye Lenin!

| August 16, 2003

Writer/director Wolfgang Becker presents us with a work which moves into more contemplative and thoughtful areas than many recent indies. He manages to present us with some of the hectic energy of recent breakthrough films such as Run Lola Run while dispensing, for the main part, with the stylistic tics and postmodern fragmentation which attended […]

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Open Range

Open Range

| August 16, 2003

What is right is right, what is wrong is wrong. It’s been that way for hundreds of years. As our society has progressed technologically, our lives have been made easier, but the basic truth of right and wrong has always been the same. In that way, Open Range is a story that could have been […]

Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge

| August 16, 2003

This determinedly non-flashy noir has influenced all over the place–Miller’s Crossing, Quentin Tarantino and John Woo owe much to Melville’s ‘perfect heist movie.’ The master of the monosyllabic crime film presents a complex and layered account of a jewel robbery. The film is consciously leaden, shot in real time for the most part. Melville’s central […]

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City of God

City of God

| August 13, 2003

City of God (Cidade de Deus), besides being the title of the film it is the ironic name given to a poverty stricken flavela (slum village) on the outskirts of fabulous Rio de Janeiro. The residents in the housing development are the cast-outs, driven away from the touristy areas to make it more attractive and […]

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S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T.

| August 12, 2003

As enjoyable as this film might be, it begs the question, “When will this trend of recycling old television shows into blockbuster films cease? At Dawson’s Creek: The Movie?” While those among you who are die-hard fans of Dawson’s Creek catch your breath, the rest of us will take our collective sigh and move on, […]