Archive for October, 2003

National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Reunion

National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Reunion

| October 28, 2003

Judge Reinhold plays Dr. Mitch Snider, so called “anesthesiologist to the stars.” Mitch is disenchanted that his spoiled, Hollywood family has lost the spirit of what Thanksgiving is really about. That, of course, is spending time with your family. Unfortunately Mitch has no family except for, you guessed it, his wife, teenaged son and daughter, […]

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21 Grams

21 Grams

| October 28, 2003

Lying in an IC room, a critically ill mathematician, Paul (Sean Penn), states that a person loses 21 grams of their weight at the moment of death. I think the guy I was sitting next to was 21 grams lighter at the end of this film, which is ashame, considering he dismissed a great film […]

Scary Movie 3

Scary Movie 3

| October 27, 2003

Using disgusting jokes, toilet humor and spoofs of the year’s horror films, directors Shawn and Marlon Wayans had created a nearly flawless formula for their Scary Movie franchise delivering two disgusting if not hilarious films poking fun at one of Hollywood’s most popular genres. Unfortunately, when the young filmmaking duo handed the reigns over to […]

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Love, Actually

Love, Actually

| October 24, 2003

Richard Curtis is hated by many men. He is the screenwriter responsible for such movies as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Of course, he also wrote a lot of Blackadders and Mr. Beans, but that doesn’t matter. To most men, he’s that dude who writes all those chick flicks […]

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New York University’s Student International Film Festival 2003

New York University’s Student International Film Festival 2003

| October 24, 2003

The 2003 New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts International Student Film Festival (ISFF) will run October 25-31 at the Cantor Film Center (36. E. 8th Street). One of the largest festivals of its kind, the seven-day program will exhibit more than 100 narrative, documentary, and experimental films. Showcasing the talent of the next […]

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

| October 24, 2003

There is much to be appreciated for a scene in a film where you know exactly what’s going to happen and the suspense itself haunts you until that moment is delivered. However, in the Korean film by Chan-wook Park, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, that moment is a harsh and gut-wrenching blow as several factors play […]

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Mystic River

Mystic River

| October 23, 2003

Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River takes the viewer on a suspenseful and emotionally tortuous journey that is sure to stick with you for hours, even days after the film is over. Eastwood uses his brilliant cast and intelligent camera work as the only type of special effects. The look of the film creates a sense of […]

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Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

| October 23, 2003

Intolerable Cruelty is the latest Coen Brothers film. But just as Le Divorce (another marital mayhem movie) was a Merchant-Ivory film that didn’t feel like a Merchant-Ivory film, this doesn’t really feel like a Coen Brothers film. It’s really rather slick and breezy, but then, when you least expect it, a little flare of surrealism […]

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

| October 21, 2003

First time feature director Marcus Nispel (Janet Jackson 1986/1996: Design of a Decade, Faith No More: Video Croissant 1992) has brought us another horror remake of an absolute masterpiece that really didn’t need to be remade, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Understand this, next to the original Night of the Living Dead, I consider the original […]

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Bubba Ho-Tep

Bubba Ho-Tep

| October 21, 2003

This is how Elvis gets his mojo back. Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.), the coolest B-movie actor ever–wait…scratch that. The coolest actor ever is back in the Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, The Beastmaster) film Bubba Ho-Tep. This is hands down Bruce Campbell’s best cinema performance since Army of Darkness. Every […]

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