Archive for May, 2004

Sabu

Sabu

| May 28, 2004

Japanese director Takashi Miike is known for being offbeat and often defying definition, such as the vastly different styles and themes of The Happiness of the Katakuris as compared to his own strange take on a dysfunctional family in Visitor Q. Or the absurdity of Ichi the Killer or the cartoonish qualities of Full Metal […]

Full Metal Yakuza

Full Metal Yakuza

| May 28, 2004

Japanese director Takashi Miike’s films are constantly investigating the realms of being lost in one’s own skin, as a wanderer is never home, even when he is in his own homeland. In Full Metal Yakuza, when a low-level and cowardly Yakuza is killed, he is resurrected by an eccentric scientist, his wimpy little body replaced […]

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Cannes Diary: Notes from the Festival de Cannes, May 12-23

Cannes Diary: Notes from the Festival de Cannes, May 12-23

| May 24, 2004

May 2004 And So It Begins… Bonjour tout le monde! Or in more familiar terms… Hi, everybody. Greetings from Cannes. So, where should I begin? The films? The celebrities? The ever-present paparazzi? It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago, this was a sleepy coastal town on the French Rivera. Now it’s like […]

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Julie Andrews: The Sound of Her Music a Distant Memory

Julie Andrews: The Sound of Her Music a Distant Memory

| May 16, 2004

While it has been quite the road well travelled for Oscar-winning legend Julie Andrews, the sweet sound of her music is a distant memory, Andrews confirmed while promoting Shrek 2, in which she plays Princess Fiona’s grounded royal mother. Still recovering from a botched operation that has affected her vocal chords, rumours that the singer […]

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Vault of Horror: A Brentwood DVD 10 Pack

Vault of Horror: A Brentwood DVD 10 Pack

| May 14, 2004

This is a prime cut example of what Brentwood likes to do with their DVD multipacks. Not only does VOH contain some popular classics, like Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead, Hammer’s The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and Vincent Price’s The House On Haunted Hill, it also mixes in some cult classic titles like, […]

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Godsend

Godsend

| May 12, 2004

Okay, by now you’ve heard me say several times that the best horror films reflect society’s (often hidden) anxieties about social issues and technological advancements. The worst–well, they fail to capture the imagination and often become laughable, as they lose faith in their premise and substitute a variety of stock machinations that destroys any sense […]

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

| May 12, 2004

I have discovered a film that I knew nothing about coming into this year and it completely blew me away. Every year if we’re lucky enough we will have a few of these and for me Napoleon Dynamite is that film. The film made its premiere at Sundance this year and garnered great reviews. Fox […]

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Super Size Me

Super Size Me

| May 11, 2004

With its look at America’s dining habits and subsequent weight-gains, the new Sundance Director’s Prize-winning documentary Super Size Me could be a success solely for its relevance to these times of low-carb diets and government health warnings on obesity. Yet the film has more going for it. The stunt at the heart of the film […]

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Sex and the City on TBS

Sex and the City on TBS

| May 10, 2004

Ever since Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda said good-bye to the American public last February, millions of fans have been trying in vain to ignore their Sex and the City hunger pangs. Well, there’s no need to deny yourself any longer. TBS has got your fix. Beginning June 15, the cable station will be the […]

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Van Helsing

Van Helsing

| May 6, 2004

So here I am at the early premiere of Van Helsing the new film Universal Pictures has put all their money and future into. The film is written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) who I’m not a big fan of but with all the hype and promotion this film is […]

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