Archive for December, 2003

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

| December 31, 2003

Based on Charles Frazier’s best selling novel by the same name, Cold Mountain is the story of Inman (Jude Law), a Confederate soldier who finds that some times it takes more courage to run than it does to stand and fight. He leaves the ranks to return to is hometown of Cold Mountain with the […]

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Paycheck

Paycheck

| December 29, 2003

In Paycheck, Ben Affleck plays Michael Jennings, a reverse engineer who takes high tech products, takes them apart, steals their secrets and gives his employer a better product based on the stolen technology. They then wipe his memory of the time he spent doing the job so neither he, nor they can be linked. As […]

Love Don’t Cost a Thing

Love Don’t Cost a Thing

| December 22, 2003

I was embarrassed to buy a ticket to this movie. Maybe it was because the 17 year old behind the speaker and plate glass window at the box office laughed at my request for a student price. Maybe it was because I was the only one in line that was over 18. Maybe it was […]

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Big Fish

Big Fish

| December 22, 2003

When director Tim Burton released his latest film, Big Fish, the story of a man, his life, his dreams and his legacy, it seems like the dream wasn’t quite complete. While using the fantastic imagery that filmgoers have grown to expect in his past films, Big Fish simply flops as the film’s construction seems more […]

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

| December 20, 2003

Let me make a few points by answering the same five questions I answered for the first two episodes. Keep in mind that I really loved this movie. But there were some things I absolutely hated. Note: I am going to put in two spoilers at the bottom of this review but I will put […]

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Ken Park

Ken Park

| December 20, 2003

Ken Park is a Larry Clark film, in collaboration with co-director and cinematographer Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven, The Virgin Suicides) and written by Harmony Korine (Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy). The whole problematic issue with this film receiving distribution has garnered more anticipation to see what the controversy is that keeps this film from being released […]

Shanghai Grand

Shanghai Grand

| December 16, 2003

Filmed with the epic sensitivities of a Godfather saga, Shanghai Grand is actually a retelling of an old television series named Shanghai Beach, which was famous for pairing Chow Yun-Fat with Ray Lui. Producer Tsui Hark (Time and Tide) has paired Leslie Cheung (Inner Senses) with Andy Lau (Full-Time Killer) in the film version, directed […]

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give

| December 11, 2003

Earlier this year in Anger Management, audiences were excited to see Jack Nicholson in a role that could utilize his talents as a crazy man about to explode. The trailers harkened back to the movie The Shining. He has cultivated that persona in other movies – A Few Good Men, The Witches of Eastwick, Wolf, […]

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The Missing

The Missing

| December 9, 2003

With The Missing, director Ron Howard has managed to encapsulate a character-driven family piece within a paradoxically palatable shell of Western grit. It’s a touch longer than it needs to be, and there’s a slightly underdeveloped mysticism angle that gets introduced, but by and large, The Missing should be a satisfying few hours to anybody […]

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Honey

Honey

| December 9, 2003

If crowd analysis is ever to be used as an indicator of a film’s success, it would be appropriate for this screening I attended. Walking into Honey during opening weekend, the audience consisted of about 30 girls, of which only about 3 looked over eighteen, three older couples and several guys flying solo, no doubt […]