Author Archive: villanueva.hope

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Lovely & Amazing

Lovely & Amazing

| July 11, 2002

The Marks family is unique. Of the three daughters, Michelle (Catherine Keener) is in her early thirties and refuses to let go of her art to work a normal job, which would be fine if her art was any good. Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) is in her twenties and is a struggling actress with a small […]

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The Cat’s Meow

The Cat’s Meow

| May 14, 2002

According to one of the party guests in The Cat’s Meow, the California Curse is characterized by the following symptoms: One: You think you are the most important person in any room. Two: You value money above all other things in the world. Three: You no longer have any sense of shame or morality. Maybe […]

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Lucky Break

Lucky Break

| May 14, 2002

The director of The Full Monty has decided that pie tasted so good the first time that he’d go at it again. Instead of out of work men’s men stripping to 70’s tunes, Peter Cattaneo gives his audience a group of imprisoned men’s men singing showtunes. Full Monty was a lot to live up to […]

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Death to Smoochy

Death to Smoochy

| March 30, 2002

The sheer amount of garbage on television is amazing and the garbage shows we feed to kids are ten times worse. And to complicate matters, not only do we watch this junk, but overly lenient parents will spend hundreds of dollars buying crap merchandise: candies, sweatshirts, bed sheets and toys that run one time before […]

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Ali

Ali

| March 5, 2002

Upon hearing that Will Smith had just been cast as his royal highness of the boxing world, Muhammed Ali, I was understandably skeptical. I am in fact a big Will Smith fan and more so since his move from T.V. to movies. Yet, there was something odd about the casting choice in my mind. Smith […]

Moulin Rouge Screening at American Cinematheque at the Eqyptian Theatre

Moulin Rouge Screening at American Cinematheque at the Eqyptian Theatre

| December 3, 2001

At 9:45pm, an hour before showtime, a formidable line had gathered outside of the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. This crowd had only one thing on their minds; We have to see this one more time! These people were the unfortunates who had missed the opportunity to see the 8:00pm showing of Moulin Rouge because the […]

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“O”

“O”

| September 17, 2001

In a period of Hollywood history when every other movie is about things blowing up or big-breasted sixteen-year-olds, Shakespeare seems to be an increasingly popular source for material for screenwriters who desire more to their plots. Unfortunately for the Bard’s reputation, most of these adaptations do not hold up to the modernization process. However, screenwriter […]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

| August 7, 2001

In this case, the “inch” refers to a certain male organ. Or, we should say, a lack thereof. Hedwig and the Angry Inch takes some very unusual subject matter and, um… packages it in brightly-colored, blond-wigged glory. Already, Hedwig is being touted as the next Rocky Horror Picture Show, destined to gather a cult following, […]

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