Archive for January, 2005

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land

| January 29, 2005

The documentary Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land (Arab Film Distribution, www.arabfilms.com) takes a look at what it alleges is the television media’s bias in favor of Israel in the U.S. It is directed by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally, and there is no doubt that the filmmakers stand squarely on the Palestinian side, as […]

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The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

| January 28, 2005

So what would happen if Grace Adler had never met Will Truman, was embarrassingly single and had to go to her sister’s wedding in England? She would hire a date to play the part. That is the story of The Wedding Date, a new movie starring Debra Messing (Ned & Stacey, Along Came Polly) as […]

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Elektra

Elektra

| January 28, 2005

Any time you have to bring a character back to life in order to use them in a movie, there are a certain amount of issues that are attendant. Plot complications and story lines immediately are brought into question and the director has a long way to go right from the start. Such was the […]

Vera Drake

Vera Drake

| January 28, 2005

She could be your aunt. Or your mother. Or that sweet lady next door who always has a kind thing to say and is always willing to help out a neighbor. Or a midwife helping bring a baby into the world. Or a woman who helps other women who, finding themselves pregnant with no positive […]

Being Julia

Being Julia

| January 28, 2005

It is Oscar season so the wife and I are catching up on some of the flicks that were nominated. This weekend, we caught up on a couple of Leading Actress nominees, Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake, and Annette Bening in Being Julia. Now, I am a HUGE Bening fan. American Beauty, Open Range, The […]

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Film 2004 as Seen by Wayne Case

Film 2004 as Seen by Wayne Case

| January 27, 2005

Note: This recap is based on my personal reaction to the 147 films that I saw in full during 2004. Best Films (Alphabetically) The Aviator Kinsey Million Dollar Baby The Notebook Sideways -and- Closer Collateral The Door In The Floor Friday Night Lights Spider-Man 2 Runners-Up (Alphabetically) The Bourne Supremacy Cellular Hotel Rwanda The Manchurian […]

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Todd’s Best Films of 2004

Todd’s Best Films of 2004

| January 27, 2005

I saw 65 theatrical releases of 2004, 109 films total. 1. Since Otar Left… (D. Julie Bertucelli, France) 2. I’m Not Scared (D. Gabriele Salvatores, Italy) 3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (D. Michel Gondry, U.S.) 4. The Return (D. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia) 5. Touching the Void (D. Kevin Macdonald, U.K.) 6. Time of […]

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Paul’s Oscar Picks 2004

Paul’s Oscar Picks 2004

| January 27, 2005

It doesn’t seem to matter who you are, but everyone has an opinion: Come February 27, who is going to walk off with the diminutive fella called Oscar. Sometimes, those of us who have been around long enough tend to predict based on not who one would like to see win this most coveted of […]

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Oren’s Best Films of 2004

Oren’s Best Films of 2004

| January 27, 2005

OREN’S TOP MOVIES OF 2004 A caveat–this list only includes movies that I actually saw in 2004, so as much as I might think that Hotel Rwanda, Crimson Gold, Without a Paddle, and Sleepover might be future classics, they cannot appear on this list. 1) Eternal Sunsine of the Spotless Mind–A wild thrill-ride anchored by […]

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Kristin’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

Kristin’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

| January 27, 2005

KRISTIN’S TOP TEN FOR 2004 1. Fahrenheit 9/11–Michael Moore. Almost always annoying. Almost always right. He matured so much with this film, and he should get almost as much credit for that great leap as for the content. 2. Napoleon Dynamite–Special! This film is just plain special. I’ve heard it said that the Pedro vote […]

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