Archive for September, 2004

The Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl Shuffle

The Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl Shuffle

| September 30, 2004

In 1985, the Chicago Bears were headed for the Super Bowl for the first time in more than 20 years. Riding high on the success of the season, members of the Bears recorded “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” which soon became a celebrated anthem for Bears fans everywhere. This first-ever rap song and music video by […]

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A Dirty Shame

A Dirty Shame

| September 25, 2004

In the course of a film career that now spans forty years, John Waters hasn’t gotten any more mainstream. Rather, the mainstream has caught up with him. He may have seemed to have dabbled in that territory with films like Hairspray and Cry-Baby. Happily, though, he returns to his earlier subversiveness with his latest, A […]

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Terminal Error

Terminal Error

| September 24, 2004

When a bitter former partner of a wealthy computer mogul, Brad Weston (Michael Nouri), wants revenge, he releases a powerful computer virus that surprisingly takes on a mind of its own. What was supposed to only destroy computer terminals evolves into a deadly entity that is killing everyone in its path, by creating deadly technical […]

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The Last Shot

The Last Shot

| September 24, 2004

When you see The Last Shot, you realize the poignancy of the title in that it is really the first shot of a movie the FBI financed in order to nab mobster racketeers involved with union bosses. Matthew Broderick (Wargames, Stepford Wives) stars as Steven Schats, a director-wannabe who has THE script that will propel […]

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Border Blues

Border Blues

| September 24, 2004

Border Blues has several plots going on at once, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Except the cover is almost entirely misleading, because the story is not truly about Eric Roberts’ character, Larry, but really about this retired Russian cop who has immigrated to the US (played by the film’s writer/director Rodion Nahapetov). Seems that […]

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Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

| September 24, 2004

After a village’s buddhist statue, Ong-Bak is beheaded and the head is stolen, the people from the village frantically sent out one of their strongest and most noble young men, Booting, to recover the head of the sacred statue. With little money and inexperience in a city, Booting seeks out the help of George, who […]

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McLibel

McLibel

| September 21, 2004

Who were the first people to take on the corporations and win both the legal and the media battle? Fast Food Nation, Super Size Me, the career of Michael Moore can all be seen to be directly indebted to the McLibel two, Helen Steel and Dave Morris. In 1990 McDonald’s issued 5 writs for libel […]

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

| September 21, 2004

Most people would agree that Jeremy Brett was one of the greatest actors, if not the greatest, to ever play Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, as age and ill health caught up with him, Brett seemed to lose some of that elasticity, that agility, that made him such a delight to watch in the Granada TV rendition […]

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2004 Chicago International Film Festival

2004 Chicago International Film Festival

| September 21, 2004

Chicagoans’ year-long hunt for the new and exotic comes to a head for two weeks in October, when the Chicago International Film Festival arrives with its juggernaut of 160-odd entries. Now in its fortieth year, the festival has a lot to celebrate: top notch theaters, streamlined ticketing, punctual starting times, and efficient ushering all contribute […]

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Toronto Film Festival – 2004

Toronto Film Festival – 2004

| September 18, 2004

Part One There is no doubt as far as film festivals go, they don’t get any bigger than Toronto, one of the premier film festivals that has become larger and more expansive with each passing year. This year, films as diverse as the low-budget Primer to Hollywood biggies Ray and Sharks Tale will screen here, […]

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