Archive for August, 2004

Collateral

Collateral

| August 8, 2004

Collateral takes place over the course of one night when a Los Angeles cab driver becomes the hostage of a contract killer making his rounds to eliminate several witnesses in a federal drug trial. Jamie Foxx (Ali, Bait, Shade, Ray) plays Max, a cab driver who dreams of running his own limo service, but whose […]

Brisbane International Film Festival 2004

Brisbane International Film Festival 2004

| August 8, 2004

13 years ago, our man in L.A. covered the inaugural Australian film festival, the Brisbane International Film Festival. Now based in LA, he may cover the more glamorous Toronto and Sundance, but on a brief return home, he stopped by the Festival and checked out its highlights during its closing weekend. It’s been 13 years […]

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Garden State

Garden State

| August 7, 2004

Too many comedies these days have absolutely no concept of subtlety, preferring instead to violently attack their audience with the typical, nauseating, how-obvious-can-we-be-and-still-get-a-laugh-out-of-the-mindless-drones jokes. When a comedy is released that is the polar opposite of the expected, which exalts the rare, quirky, and unusual sense of humor that has been so devalued by sickeningly plebian […]

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Maria Full of Grace

Maria Full of Grace

| August 4, 2004

Maria Full of Grace is the story of a young woman’s journey from a small Colombian town to the streets of New York. Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is a bright, spirited 17-year old who lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers […]

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Big City Dick

Big City Dick

| August 2, 2004

While watching this documentary about a remarkable savant street musician, I was reminded of a similar street musician who came to fame in Chicago in the late nineties. I have no idea what happened to him, but his voice still beats over my head as his song “Rock N Roll McDonalds” periodically drills my skull. […]

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Indiefest 2004

Indiefest 2004

| August 2, 2004

Day One: Saturday, July 31st So I missed Opening Night and the premiere of Lightning Bug. I’ll have to find time in the schedule to see it, but for now I’m sitting at a bar, the Green Mill, waiting to catch the Chicago premiere of Buttleman. After that screening I’m giving myself a two-hour break […]

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Assholes in the Movie Theatre

Assholes in the Movie Theatre

| August 2, 2004

Apparently even in this day and age people still do not know how to go to the movie theater and watch a film without pissing off everyone around them. I’m not a quiet guy at the movies. I like to laugh and enjoy myself. I like to get into it and give every film a […]

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Takashi Miike’s ‘Black Society Trilogy’

Takashi Miike’s ‘Black Society Trilogy’

| August 2, 2004

Shinjuku Triad Society (1995) Miike tackles the traditional Yakuza film with this fast-paced entry that turns the genre on its ear. Perhaps the most linear genre film I have ever seen from Miike, Shinjuku Triad Society follows the story of two brothers; the older Kiriya, a detective in the corrupt Shinjuku District, and Yoshihito, a […]

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