Archive for September, 2003

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

| September 24, 2003

After her freshman attempt with The Virgin Suicides, it seemed apparent that Sofia Coppola had a good understanding of filmmaking. But many questioned if it were due to her genetics – her father being a celebrated director, or if it was by acquaintance – her marriage to another capable indie director, Spike Jonze. With her […]

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Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions

| September 22, 2003

If you were going to go to a movie this weekend with your parents, Secondhand Lions would be a good one to see. First, it stars two of America’s favorite actors in the title roles and second, it tells an amusing tale that is family friendly. Michael Caine and Robert Duvall star (in their 109th […]

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Cold Creek Manor

Cold Creek Manor

| September 22, 2003

Making a film that wants to be part thriller and part cautionary tale for the Two-Thousands, director Mike Figgis and screenwriter Richard Jefferies borrow images from films like The Ring, Unlawful Entry, The Godfather and Hell House; backstory snippets from films like The Silence Of The Lambs and the TV show Mad About You; the […]

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Demonlover

Demonlover

| September 22, 2003

When Demonlover begins with Connie Nielsen poisoning a colleague, I thought it was on the right track; a little corporate backstabbing among hot actors is always fun. But director Olivier Assayas’ talent and ambition don’t allow for a simple game of cat and mouse, and it ends up derailing the picture. Assayas does a good […]

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

| September 22, 2003

Roberto Rodriguez (El Mariachi, From Dusk Til Dawn) has completed his mythic hero series with Once Upon A Time In Mexico, a film which could have been much better. Once Upon A Time has one of the most electrifying opening sequences in recent film memory. Unfortunately, Rodriguez could not sustain this level of intensity beyond […]

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Underworld

Underworld

| September 22, 2003

I remember the Ghostbusters cartoon. Actually, it was called “The Real Ghostbusters,” in obvious response to the unveiling of some cut-rate Ghostbuster wannabe cartoon, but for our purposed, merely calling it “the Ghostbusters cartoon” will suffice. Remembering that Lorenzo Music voiced both Peter Vankman and Garfield won’t enrich your understanding of this review in any […]

The New Option: The Revenge

The New Option: The Revenge

| September 18, 2003

During a gunfight between two criminals and the SDU, Bonnie is shot dead but Clyde escapes unharmed. Once recovered, he vows revenge for Bonnie’s death. Clyde decides that before he kills Stone, he will kill the woman Stone loves most so that Stone can know the pain of losing his dearest love just like Clyde […]

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The Colour of Truth

The Colour of Truth

| September 18, 2003

As the film opens a young boy narrates, showing us the last time he sees his father (A cameo by Lau Ching-wan). His father and mother are arguing, and his father buys the boy all of the balloon vendor’s balloons. His father’s friend is a notorious gangster (cameo by Francis Ng). His father is going […]

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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

| September 16, 2003

There has been a lot of discussion about the lack of horror in horror movies these days, and Cabin Fever made the grand promise that it would be the resurrection of the classic 70s gore style horror. Director and co-writer Eli Roth echoed the dreary dismay of many horror fans by lamenting that the creepies […]

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Matchstick Men

Matchstick Men

| September 15, 2003

I love a good con artist movie. The Sting (1973), Confidence (2003), The Grifters (1990), Heartbreakers (2001), Femme Fatale (2002), come to mind without even searching the data base. It is fun to see that one last hook or plot twist that lets you leave the theater talking about the movie and searching for the […]

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