Archive for January, 2004

Teacher’s Pet

Teacher’s Pet

| January 22, 2004

Spot (Nathan Lane) is a dog with a secret. At night he is the loving pooch to his young master Leonard (Shaun Fleming). By day he is a two-footed student at Leonard’s school. This transformation is done not with mirrors, but a simple pair of glasses and school clothes. So goes the premise of Disney’s […]

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Hiruko: The Goblin

Hiruko: The Goblin

| January 22, 2004

Mostly known for his cyber-action-sci-fi- gore-art films such as Tokyo Fist and both Tetsuo films, Shinya Tsukamoto has been one of the more consistently exciting and imaginative Japanese filmmakers since the ’90s. His cult status has made him a favorite amongst other Japanese filmmakers, one of which, the prolific Takashi Miike, shot behind the scenes […]

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Sundance Film Festival 2004

Sundance Film Festival 2004

| January 20, 2004

Sundance is here again, displaying its perpetual array of eclectic films, the good, the bad, and the inspired. Once you get past the plethora of cell phones, publicists who cancel interviews or simply don’t call to confirm the simplest of requests, the buses that plague us and the growing press corps, Sundance is one of […]

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ArtsMagic

ArtsMagic

| January 20, 2004

Artsmagic makes its foray into the U.S. market with a number of new releases under their Eastern Cult Cinema banner. ArtsMagic is a multi-faceted company operating in a wide variety of multimedia, including sales and rentals, video duplication, production, and much more. Full Metal Yakuza (aka Full Metal Gokudo) will be the first title that […]

Fog of War

Fog of War

| January 19, 2004

I sat through a history lesson the other night. It was taught by Robert S. McNamara, the Secretary of Defense for the United States from 1960 through 1967. It was horrifying, enlightening, and in the end, a little sad. Errol Morris (A Brief History of Time) directed this documentary, told in the first person by […]

Along Came Polly

Along Came Polly

| January 19, 2004

Ben Stiller is funny, just not in this film. Along Came Polly, a story of whether to risk or not to risk, embodies the awkwardness of two people coming together who don’t belong together, and that’s just what this film looks like…a flat, miscast, predictable flick with a few haphazard laughs. Reuben Feffer (Stiller), a […]

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Osama

Osama

| January 17, 2004

The release of this movie, Osama, in the U.S. should surely attract attention in these post 09/11 years. I’m not sure that was director/editor/screenwriter Siddiq Barmak’s intention, but if it does attract more viewers than a small, independent film normally wood, than the naming choice would be excellent. Osama is the story of a 12-year-old […]

The Barbarian Invasions [Les Invasions Barbares]

The Barbarian Invasions [Les Invasions Barbares]

| January 12, 2004

The title The Barbarian Invasions refers to the notion of being attacked from within, overtly linked to a television analysis of the Twin Towers attack, but echoed more poignantly in the cancer wracking main character Remy’s body as he struggles within what appears to be a collapsing Canadian health care system. Wrapped around all of […]

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Monster

Monster

| January 10, 2004

Well, for this holiday season, the time of brotherhood and joy, we have seen three of the best movies that will ever make you want to grab a bottle of Southern Comfort and disappear for a lost weekend. First there was Cold Mountain with it’s total downer ending when Jude Law finally gets back to […]

House of Sand and Fog

House of Sand and Fog

| January 7, 2004

If you are taking Prozac or any other anti-depressant, do not see this movie. If you’re not on anti-depressants yet, you might be after the trauma of director Vadim Perelman’s film, House of Sand and Fog. I am not weak of stomach or tear duct (at least I don’t mind crying in movies), but this […]

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