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The Hulk

The Hulk

| June 25, 2003 | 0 Comments

Don’t get Nick Nolte angry. You won’t understand him when he’s angry. And you might not understand what the hell just happened in The Hulk either. Enough about how realistic the CGI is (and it’s pretty impressive, especially during the close-ups and a spectacular shrinking Banner sequence near the end). Suspending your disbelief with the […]

A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind

| May 6, 2003

I’m not sure if it’s the affection that guest and his crew have for folk singers and their music, or if it’s just the law of diminishing returns, but A Mighty Wind is neither as nasty nor as funny as Best In Show or Waiting For Guffman. The cast is basically the same, from Michael […]

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Spun

Spun

| April 19, 2003

It doesn’t take long to realize you’re in B-movie hell with this flick, especially once John Leguizamo appears on the screen. The juvenile animation sequences that periodically spring up, along with the jarring, amateurish zoom sequences (ripped off, poorly, from Requiem for a Dream) that accompany drug intake, serve to put the viewer in a […]

The Best and Worst Films of 2002

The Best and Worst Films of 2002

| January 15, 2003 | 0 Comments

The Top Five: The Pianist Please let this be the permanent return of Polanski. One of my all-time favorite directors finally gets back to movies that matter with this powerful, small-scale examination of one man’s struggle to survive the horrors of the Holocaust with no list to save him and no art to cling to. […]

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Punch-Drunk Love

Punch-Drunk Love

| November 2, 2002 | 0 Comments

Few Hollywood movies worry about realism. Even fewer romantic comedies go for any kind of verisimilitude. From Some Like It Hot to Pretty Woman, it’s all about flights of fancy and fairy-tale endings. Paul Thomas Anderson, the writer and director of the hyper yet tender Boogie Nights and the earnest yet moving Magnolia, has marshaled […]

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Below

Below

| November 2, 2002 | 0 Comments

It seems likely that a story written by the man responsible for the murky psychological nightmares of Pi and Requiem for a Dream would deal with some mind games. The trick to Below is that it’s not just a psychological thriller, it’s also a ghost story, a murder mystery and a submarine suspenser. Unfortunately, while […]

One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo

| September 5, 2002 | 0 Comments

Music video directors are so used to creating imagery without context that it comes as no surprise when someone like Mark Romanek brings hordes of visual flair to his feature debut but fails to have enough material to back it up. In One Hour Photo, perhaps more noteworthy as Robin Williams’ latest and most successful […]

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Signs

Signs

| August 5, 2002

Upon watching the latest thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, it quickly becomes clear that he has tried to eliminate the mistakes he feels prevented his previous film, Unbreakable, from garnering the popular support he’d expected. He hasn’t abandoned his deliberate pacing or his familiar theme of finding the extraordinary hidden beneath, between and behind […]

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

| May 6, 2002

Much of the appeal of Spider-man, as a character, is the humanity and morality that makes the teenager turned superhero something less “other” and more relatable, more like us. Superman is an alien, almost invincible; Batman is a man, true, but a man of privilege and pain, characteristics that serve to separate him from the […]

Frailty

Frailty

| April 16, 2002 | 0 Comments

In Frailty, Bill Paxton’s directorial debut, the novice director also stars as the widowed father of a pair of young boys growing up in a small Texas town circa 1979. When we meet the family, they are a simple, loving and tightly knit brood. This story is told through the eyes of the older brother […]