Author Archive: paulson.erin

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Alfie

Alfie

| November 8, 2004

Re-makes are often a dreaded venture, but in some cases, like the case of Alfie, they can be a success. This film is a remake of the 1966 flick of the same name that starred Michael Caine, about a Manhattan limo driver who spends his free time seducing a different woman almost every night. This […]

I Heart Huckabees

I Heart Huckabees

| October 10, 2004

Some star-studded ventures are doomed from the start–as we all know stars do not a good movie make, and it was this very truth that made me fear for the outcome of I Heart Huckabees. Written and directed by David O. Russell, the film in its most simplistic description, centers around a young man named […]

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Criminal

Criminal

| September 10, 2004

Directed by Gregory Jacobs and based on the Argentinean hit film Nine Queens (2000), Criminal is yet another addition to the homage-to-con-artists genre, centering around a veteran con, Richard Gaddis (John C. Reilly), and his novice apprentice Rodrigo (Diego Luna). We are led through a day on the job, culminating in a high-risk, high-payoff con […]

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

| August 20, 2004

In We Don’t Live Here Anymore (directed by John Curran), two couples that happen to be the best of friends learn the hard way that adultery is never a good idea, and particularly not when its with your best friends spouse. The story is actually quite realistic, and the premise eternally interesting (somehow everyone always […]

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Hero [Yin Xiong]

Hero [Yin Xiong]

| August 20, 2004

Hero tells the tale of a nameless government official in the kingdom of Qin in ancient China, played by Jet Li, who gets to drink with the emperor after killing his three most wanted assassins. The audience is led through three retellings of how Li accomplished this spectacular task, an allusion to the methods of […]

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Garden State

Garden State

| August 7, 2004

Too many comedies these days have absolutely no concept of subtlety, preferring instead to violently attack their audience with the typical, nauseating, how-obvious-can-we-be-and-still-get-a-laugh-out-of-the-mindless-drones jokes. When a comedy is released that is the polar opposite of the expected, which exalts the rare, quirky, and unusual sense of humor that has been so devalued by sickeningly plebian […]

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Saints + Sinners: A Love Story

Saints + Sinners: A Love Story

| June 29, 2004

Saints + Sinners tells the captivating story of two gay men, Edward DeBonis and Vincent Maniscalco, and their journey towards the Holy Sacrament of Marriage in New York City. Their story is different from the struggle that other gay couples face when they seek marriage, for they are not only seeking equal rights with their […]

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After the Apocalypse

After the Apocalypse

| June 10, 2004

After the Apocalypse is a silent black and white film which tells the story of five survivors after a nuclear war. Unfortunately their situation is made even worse due to the existence of poisonous gas that inconveniently enough renders them speechless. The five strangers, after finding themselves in their strange and new environment, struggle to […]

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