Archive for November, 2003

The Cooler

The Cooler

| November 30, 2003

It’s an interesting concept that the bad luck that seems to surround some people can actually translate itself to others simply by having them around. No substantial interaction necessary, just the mere presence of the unlucky person has a cooling effect on those around them. William H. Macy (Door To Door, State and Main, Fargo) […]

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

| November 30, 2003

So… Where are the Green Eggs and Ham? Where is the innocent fun? What about One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish? Where is the Cat in the Hat that I grew up reading just after See Dick and Jane and just before War and Peace? It certainly wasn’t on the screen. What was […]

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The Cliffhanger

The Cliffhanger

| November 26, 2003

A not-for-profit production company called Split Pillow Productions has just premiered their first feature film The Cliffhanger in Chicago on November 17, 2003. I went to the premiere to see the film. The night sold a solid turnout in a nearly full theatre. The Cliffhanger is not like most traditional films. The Cliffhanger is motion […]

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Love, Actually

Love, Actually

| November 24, 2003

I’m a big fan of the work of Brit Richard Curtis who wrote the original scripts for Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999), and now, Love Actually (2003). All three of these contemporary British romantic comedy/dramas are delightful, witty, warm and wonderful. Nobody writes this sort of film better than Mr.Curtis, and […]

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Gothika

Gothika

| November 24, 2003

French director (and actor) Mathieu Kassovitz arrived on the international film scene by winning the Best Director prize at Cannes in 1995 for his film, La Haine (Hate), and seemed that rare mix of talent and content (having something important to say). Like many intriguing directors from other countries, he has been courted by Hollywood. […]

Golden Chicken

Golden Chicken

| November 23, 2003

Golden Chicken is the story of Kum, a Chinese prostitute who recounts several episodic moments that span over 20 years in her profession while locked in an ATM booth to a desperate down on his luck robber. Kum’s stories reflect not only her own personal growth and maturity, but also the unpredictable changes of Hong […]

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The Eye

The Eye

| November 23, 2003

There have been accounts of people who have received organ transplants experiencing newly acquired interests or habits that have been linked to their donors. Is it possible that an organ carries specific instincts that were of its donor? Can it alter the instincts of its new host? The Pang brothers (Bangkok Dangerous), although they don’t […]

Ancient Warriors

Ancient Warriors

| November 21, 2003

Ancient Warriors is the new action adventure film produced by and starring former Mr. Olympia, Franco Columbu. To sum it up, this film reminds me of a made for cable television movie with some decent action sequences, a lot of gunplay and some top of the B-list bottom of the A-list celebrity support. Yeah that’s […]

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Alien

Alien

| November 21, 2003

Ridley Scott’s seminal film is reissued for the post-CGI generation–who needs Jar Jar Binks when you’ve got the Alien? After the countless sequels, platform games, comic/ movie tie-ins vs. Predator (no contest), board games, academic treatises, homage, parody, subgenres and general cultural impact, time to reassess Alien on its own terms as a movie. On […]

Inner Senses

Inner Senses

| November 21, 2003

Director Bruce Law Chi-Leung and producer Derek Yee Tung-Sing have put together a tight little ghost story with some truly frightening moments, thanks in large part to their actors’ abilities and employing a relatively low-key style. Easily comparable to The Sixth Sense, I found this suspense/horror film to be far superior in many ways. Inner […]

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