Archive for December, 2004

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

| December 26, 2004

Seats to an Andrew Lloyd Webber production on opening weekend would normally cost a lot more than I get paid by FM.com in a single year. But there my wife and I sat, third row center, eagerly awaiting the curtain to rise… Oh wait, this isn’t a play. And we were just 3 rows away […]

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Switchblade Romance [High Tension / Haute Tension]

Switchblade Romance [High Tension / Haute Tension]

| December 26, 2004

Two college girls heading to one girl’s farmland home during semester break. They’re riding along talking and debating as young adults will do, about almost nothing at all. They tease and taunt each other about directions, about their driving, and tear down the road singing along with the radio. It’s a sunny day and you […]

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Nine Souls

Nine Souls

| December 26, 2004

Japanese director Toshiaki Toyoda’s works have been focused, primarily, upon his country’s disaffected youth in films like 1998’s Pornostar and 2002’s Blue Spring. Touching upon timely and critical issues pertinent especially to youth, and speaking to that group across many cultures, Toyoda’s works have been out of the mainstream for the most part. But that […]

The Aviator

The Aviator

| December 24, 2004

This film is a movie lover’s dream. First of all, there’s the story. It’s the tale of one of the most famous and enigmatic figures in Hollywood history. Then there’s the cast. For nearly three hours (don’t be scared, you won’t even notice) we get to feast our eyes on some of the best acting […]

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Spanglish

Spanglish

| December 23, 2004

Hey… Some movies live up to their warnings (trailers) in a great way. I was promised a touching and amusing story of a Hispanic maid that changes a family and that is what I got. Of course, there is a lot of heartache thrown in, but all in all, Spanglish is a great date flick […]

In Good Company

In Good Company

| December 23, 2004

Take a step back for just a moment to Ocean’s 12. Toper Grace, who had minor roles in that movie as well as Ocean’s 11, has a throw away line when asked how he is doing and he answers that he “just phoned in that Dennis Quaid movie.” He meant In Good Company which was […]

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

| December 19, 2004

In listening to an NPR interview with author Daniel Handler, I learned that I was in for quite a ride when seeing the latest Jim Carrery project, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Number one, I wish we got paid (at all) by FilmMonthly.com and second, I wish we got paid by the word, […]

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All About Lily Chou-Chou

All About Lily Chou-Chou

| December 18, 2004

Following a group of disaffected Japanese school children through the dreary messiness of adolescent life, All About Lily Chou-Chou examines the devastating effects of peer pressure and the struggles of teenagers as they bop through an adult world too complicated to understand. Told in a disjointed, intentionally confusing style, the film is equal parts genius […]

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Chainsaw Sally

Chainsaw Sally

| December 16, 2004

Chainsaw Sally is the new super low budget horror film from Director Jimmy O Burril (Silver Scream). Shot on DV in about two weeks worth of time and featuring April Monique Burril as Chainsaw Sally, this film is true in the independent spirit. Sally is gothic, sexy and talks with a monotone little girl voice, […]

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

| December 16, 2004

If a few good lines were able to make a movie great, The Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou would be destined to become a classic. However, films are usually two hours, not two minutes. Bad acting, strange editing and quirky (in a bad way) writing made this imitation 70’s flick tough to sit through. To […]

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