Archive for April, 2004

The Affair

The Affair

| April 27, 2004

In most marriages, when a spouse is involved in an affair it is commonly thought to be the husband committing adultery. The reasons for such actions tend to be a variety of excuses all too common and many times amusing. Carl Colpaert’s The Affair tells the story of a spousal affair that involves a wife […]

Salem’s Lot

Salem’s Lot

| April 24, 2004

Ben Mears is now a Pullitzer Prize winning writer, but the return to his old hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot is anything but welcoming. A small New England enclave the locals don’t warm up to newcomers for at least 20 years, as Ben so aptly narrates, no matter whether you grew up there or not. But […]

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Man on Fire

Man on Fire

| April 24, 2004

John W. Creasy (Denzel Washington) is a man on a mission, only he doesn’t know it at first. He’s a soldier, a lifer who doesn’t know how to change his stripes, and he’s running from himself. He runs to his old friend, another former solider and mercenary for hire, Rayburn (Christopher Walken), now living the […]

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The Last Kennedy

The Last Kennedy

| April 24, 2004

The Last Kennedy attempts to examine the minds of the common folk who would change history, the candidate at risk and the conspirators manipulating the buttons. The story is told from the perspective of Linda Fitzgerald, an unwitting pawn in a much larger plot, thus completing the concept of an American tragedy. As Estelle Kennedy […]

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The Punisher

The Punisher

| April 24, 2004

The Punisher is the newest comic book adaptation from Marvel Comics starring Thomas Jane in the lead role. Now, growing up during my comic book years I was a Marvel kid. I collected mostly Marvel, with a few DC and independent books aside. The Punisher was never one of my favorite books. It had its […]

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Blood

Blood

| April 23, 2004

Back in school, Masayuki (Noboru Takachi) and Takuya (Riki Takeuchi) were best friends, and both were in love with the beautiful Yuki (Mai Oikawa). However, time has a way of changing things, and when Yuki is raped, the two friends seek revenge upon her attackers. When the cops arrive on the scene, Takuya takes the […]

Ice Cold in Phoenix

Ice Cold in Phoenix

| April 20, 2004

Ryan Kelly is a man who was abused his whole life. When he tries to move on he discovers that the more he tries to control things, the looser his grip on reality becomes. When he finally makes one last attempt to set things straight with his father, the attempt is rejected, setting him off […]

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P.T.U.

P.T.U.

| April 20, 2004

As P.T.U. opens, hard-ass cop Lo (Lam Suet–Devil Face/Angel Heart, Goodbye Mr. Cool) visits his favorite noodle shop for his free evening meal. A small gang sits at the table nearby giving him the evil eye, but he shouts and berates them the whole time he’s there. The gang leaves first and the newcomer scratches […]

Runaways

Runaways

| April 19, 2004

Brent Bambic’s Runaways explores the motives behind the reasons so many youths leave their families and homes for a dangerous and mostly bleak environment on the streets. The lead character of Runaways is Steve, who endures a physically abusive relationship with his stepfather and a mother who places the blame for the abuse on her […]

Kill Bill, Volume 2

Kill Bill, Volume 2

| April 17, 2004

Kill Bill Vol. 1 played like a nonstop action film, with grand scenes of battle in between short passages of “business”: The Bride goes here or does that. There was little dialogue and nothing in the way of backstory. In Kill Bill Vol. 2 we are given the backstory right up front as the film […]

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