Archive for March, 2004

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

| March 26, 2004

Down on his-luck NYC reporter (Douglas) takes a job with a small-town paper that provides him with no challenges until he exploits the story of a man trapped in a mine. When I walked into the Egyptian Theatre tonight to watch Ace in the Hole (1951) as part of the Cinematheque’s weekend series of “Movies […]

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Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

| March 24, 2004

George Romero, a horror film icon and cult legend wrote and directed the greatest American zombie trilogy ever, starting with Night of the Living Dead in 1968, then Dawn of the Dead in 1978 and finally the highly underrated Day of the Dead in 1985. All three films set the standard for zombie horror, helped […]

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Wake

Wake

| March 24, 2004

Alone in his family’s decaying, long-deserted homestead, the elderly Sebastian (Martin Landau), confronts a blank page, just one of many telling the tale of his family shame. He sits, a writer struggling to tell a tale. “…Each room, every hallway harbors the same shadows as when my brothers and I were young. And in each […]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

| March 24, 2004

How often have you wanted to forget all about your most recent ex? Just wake up one morning and have no recollection of them? You’d be able to move forward with your life, right? No regrets? As two star-crossed lovers come to discover in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, such a scenario makes it […]

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Urban Ghost Story

Urban Ghost Story

| March 24, 2004

Lizzie (Heather Ann Foster) is a 12-year old living with her mom Kate (Stephanie Buttle–Crimetime, Silent Cry) and younger brother in a Glasgow tenement. One reckless night of underage drinking and driving and Lizzie blames herself for the death of her best friend, since she was the one behind the wheel when their car overturned […]

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Taking Lives

Taking Lives

| March 21, 2004

For a guy who has directed mostly episodic television, D.J. Caruso sure knows how to use the big screen when he gets the chance. His latest, Taking Lives, is a visually exciting thriller that fights through some plot holes to make an enjoyable “who’s the real killer” mystery. The photographic beauty begins in the 1983 […]

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The Winning Season

The Winning Season

| March 21, 2004

I love baseball. I loved playing it as a kid. I love watching it as an adult. I love baseball movies. I’ve seen baseball movies like Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Major League, The Natural, A League of Their Own countless times and never get tired of them. So when TNT came out with The […]

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Public Enemy

Public Enemy

| March 19, 2004

Seoul’s detective squad is being investigated by Internal Affairs. Detective Kang (Sol Gyung-goo) and his partner are returning from a raid which netted them three kilos of heroin. When their captain of detectives calls to warn them of the IA investigation, Kang’s partner shoots himself. Departing the scene before anyone can find out he was […]

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Secret Window

Secret Window

| March 17, 2004

I think it’s safe to say that Stephen King has not yet enjoyed the levels of success in film and television that he has in prose writing, whether novels or short stories. This may have to do with the fact that many of his stories work best when they tap the imagination, a feat far […]

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Spartan

Spartan

| March 12, 2004

David Mamet is well-known for dark dramas overflowing with men doing man’s work (Glengarry Glen Ross, Heist, Homicide). His portraits of women are sketches at best, and then best portrayed by his wife, Rebecca Pidgeon. Since she is missing altogether from this film, two young women attempt to fill in the soft charcoal drawing that […]