Archive for July, 2004

Catwoman

Catwoman

| July 30, 2004

Ahhhh… Summer… and with that wonderful time of year come the Popcorn Movies, those relatively mindless thrillers that mix effects with fantasy and not to plausible plot lines to bring a respite from the horrors of the current political incumbents. Catwoman is a very good example of a Popcorn Movie. Or actually, kind of a […]

Vendetta for the Saint

Vendetta for the Saint

| July 24, 2004

In Vendetta For The Saint, Roger Moore stars as Simon Templar, a.k.a. The Saint — stylish, sophisticated and seemingly wealthy, yet his past is shrouded in mystery. Based upon mystery author Leslie Charteris’ book of the same name, Vendetta for The Saint involves Templar in a deadly case of mistaken identity. While in Italy, Templar […]

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Magdalena: Possessed by the Devil

Magdalena: Possessed by the Devil

| July 23, 2004

In this notorious German version of The Exorcist, an old man is murdered and crucified in the dark alleys of a German village. Across town, in a boarding school for orphan girls, his teenage granddaughter Magdalena is attacked and raped by an unseen entity. With her soul possessed, the virginal young girl’s behavior begins to […]

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In a Glass Cage

In a Glass Cage

| July 23, 2004

1986 saw a pair of shocking directorial debuts, both fearlessly pushing the conventions of horror to new heights. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, the widely seen Transgressive Art House Horror fav, proved to be as thought-provoking as it was shocking, sending its director John McNaughton into the Hollywood forefront. The second debut being the […]

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Entrails of a Beautiful Woman

Entrails of a Beautiful Woman

| July 23, 2004

Entrails of a Beautiful Woman is another appendage in the Entrails/Guts trilogy of sexploitive splatter flicks from Japanese sleaze master Gaira (aka Kazuo Komizu). This time around a young doctor infiltrates the underground world of female slavery and drugs, as she searches for the thugs responsible for the brutal rape and suicide of one of […]

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The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

| July 23, 2004

In the first film, The Bourne Identity, we were introduced to the character of Jason Bourne, a pseudonym for a spy the sea seemed to have birthed one dark and stormy night. That film was very uneven, in large part due to the director (Doug Liman), whose handling of the story appropriately focused on character, […]

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Born Into This

Born Into This

| July 22, 2004

John Dullaghan’s comprehensive documentary about writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) manages to cover plenty of his life and work while cramming in terrific small moments from the man himself. It is a full, multifaceted portrait from many different angles, and a monument to an ordinary man who canonized the trials of ordinary life. Bukowski wrote forty-five […]

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Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River

Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River

| July 20, 2004

Chicago Filmmakers On The Chicago River is a documentary feature that attempts to reveal the creative processes of a number of Chicago’s own moviemakers. Indie director D.P. Carlson chose a selection of boats set upon Chicago’s landmark river as a backdrop, then filmed his interviews with each director, opening their hearts and minds to the […]

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I, Robot

I, Robot

| July 20, 2004

I, Robot isn’t a great movie, nor is it a horrible movie. It’s the sort of film that you’ll watch once willingly enough, but might balk at buying a ticket for the second time. It’s a decent enough sci-fi flick, the box office success of which will probably crowbar open the Hollywood sci-fi door another […]

A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

| July 18, 2004

When I was in high school, I was victimized by a cheerleader in public. We’d been given an assignment in English to write a description of a high school stereotype. I was excited by this fun project, and my friends and I brainstormed aloud as to possible ideas…parking lot smoker, FFA farmer kid, chess club […]

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