Archive for April, 2004

Hellboy

Hellboy

| April 5, 2004

Somewhere along the line, comic books became the moral center of the universe. No, really. Granted, I have a fairly limited view here, having by no means seen every film released in the past month much less the last year or decade. Nor have I read or am even aware of every graphic novel or […]

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

| April 4, 2004

In the late 1800’s, Australia, “the land down under” was no joke. Many aspects of the untamed territory paralleled the American version of the Wild West. Occupied by Irish peasants, English nobles, Chinese, and crooked police, a fella growing up there had to be wary of the long and lying arm of the law. As […]

The Prince & Me

The Prince & Me

| April 3, 2004

What woman, no matter how self-sufficient and independent, hasn’t wondered from time to time what it would be like to be Grace Kelly and actually meet a handsome prince? It’s a rather compelling idea, and one explored a little more deeply by The Prince and Me than you might think. Paige Morgan is a Wisconsin […]

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Walking Tall

Walking Tall

| April 3, 2004

From the previews, I had a vision of the lead character in Walking Tall, Chris Vaughn, being like a John Rambo: Ex-special forces military using his training for the good of his fellow man. Yep. In a movie that has a very high Popcorn factor, Walking Tall has all of the fights, explosions and all […]

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Distance

Distance

| April 2, 2004

In the film After Life, director/writer Kore-eda Hirokazu examines the subject of death through an imaginative and simple portrayal of the afterlife. In the film, the recently deceased go through a week-long process that reenacts one chosen memory they decide to maintain for the rest of eternity. Hirokazu follows up After Life‘s celebration of life […]

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

| April 1, 2004

I could have been tired. We had just seen Jersey Girl (another kick-ass Kevin Smith project) and loved it and were pumped to see The Ladykillers on our Saturday night double feature. It could have been because for weeks I had heard the hype ads saying this was an early favorite for movie of the […]

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Gypsy 83

Gypsy 83

| April 1, 2004

They’re just two young people growing up in Sandusky, Ohio. She’s Gypsy (Sara Rue) is 25. She’s got a stunning face but can’t help being overweight. Just like her favorite music idol, Stevie Nicks, she wraps herself in shawls and wears velvet boots and her clothes have lots of sequins. So it’s 1983 and she’s […]

Jersey Girl

Jersey Girl

| April 1, 2004

In last year’s An Evening with Kevin Smith, the actor/director says that it is time to move on from the Jay and Silent Bob type movies and do something a little more serious. With Jersey Girl, Smith shows it was very easy for him to tell a family friendly story with a minimum of fart […]

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Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

| April 1, 2004

Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. The mountain itself evokes images of beauty and grace, but also loneliness, isolation, and even despair. These same words easily describe the movie Kilimanjaro. Directed by Seung-ook Oh, the story opens with newly out-of-work Lee Hae-chul (Park Shin-yang from Uninvited) in a room with his twin brother, […]

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9413

9413

| April 1, 2004

Hong Kong actor Francis Ng is well-regarded as a highly talented individual capable of playing almost any role. Because of his ability to bring quality to even the lowest budgeted films, it is no surprise that Ng’s directorial debut is more thought-provoking drama than crime action film. The title of the film comes from the […]