Archive for September, 2005

Besotted

Besotted

| September 12, 2005

What’s worse than the neighborhood busy body? How about if that busy body turned out to be a meddling witch, as well? This little scenario is the basis for the Indie production of Besotted, a whimsical and romantic story of a witch who tries to cast a spell over the love life of Shep (Jim […]

An Unfinished Life

An Unfinished Life

| September 12, 2005

The photo still from Miramax studios shows Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman sitting on the porch of a ranch. Made me think Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, or Secondhand Lions with Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment. The difference is that in Lions, Osment’s mom, Kyra Sedgewick drops him […]

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The 43rd New York Film Festival 2005

The 43rd New York Film Festival 2005

| September 12, 2005

Every late September and early October like clockwork, The New York Film Festival descends upon Lincoln Center, bringing a great variety of films and filmmakers, both celebrated and obscure, Hollywood and global. The festival this year runs from September 23 through October 9. Although recently the upstart Tribeca Film Festival has offered potent competition (with […]

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Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

| September 10, 2005

Illumination And Insight At The Peninsula *Italicized portions refer to moments spoken by Elijah Wood For some strange and almost cosmic reason, it takes an extremely privileged individual to successfully pull off the act of smoking. According to the Huron Indian legend, in ancient times, when the land was barren and the people were starving, […]

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The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm

| September 10, 2005

Terry Gilliam loves children’s stories. He loves fantasy, oddities, and the insane. There’s always been a razor’s edge between reality and fantasy, rationality and insanity, in his films. In this case, these two dueling factions are embodied in the two brothers Grimm, Jacob and Will, in this thematic sequel of sorts to his oddball The […]

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Toronto Film Festival – 2005

Toronto Film Festival – 2005

| September 7, 2005

The 30th Toronto Film Festival is underway and not with a whimper but a bang. This year, to coin an old studio mogul, Toronto promises more stars this year than in heaven but as usual it’s all about the movies more films that this journalist can hope to cover. Here’s the preliminary wrap-up from Day […]

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Truth and Dare: New York Korean Film Festival 2005

Truth and Dare: New York Korean Film Festival 2005

| September 7, 2005

The increasing status of Korean cinema is one of the more interesting recent developments of the international film scene. Not so very long ago, South Korean cinema was all but unknown to everyone except the most savvy and diligent insiders. Over the past five years or so, Korean film has increased its international profile, with […]

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Dead and Breakfast

Dead and Breakfast

| September 7, 2005

The zombie movie, ladies and gentlemen. There have been HORDES of them coming out lately–everything from the truly lousy ones like “The Wickeds” to the slam-bang action ones like “Dead Meat.” George Romero actually came back to the theatres to give us “Land of the Dead,” with mixed results. And the newest horror genre, the […]

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

| September 4, 2005

Dark Sky Films has released the new 20th Anniversary Special Edition of “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and this DVD is loaded full of evil extras. “Henry” is the low budget directorial debut by Chicago native John McNaughton (Mad Dog and Glory, Wild Things). This super low budget indie feature was filmed in 1985, […]

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Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

| September 2, 2005

There’s a famous saying in theater that goes, “If you really want to achieve greatness, you have to love every moment of what you’re doing.” Liev Schreiber, the actor turned writer-director, is no stranger to theater, so it’s assured he’s heard that old salt before. When Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Everything is Illuminated was first […]

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