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Amelie

Amelie

After only a few films have I been left with an indelible sense of wonder and amazement. After watching the stunning and beautiful Amelie, I've been struck again. This is truly a touching,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

How's Your News?

How's Your News?

I know what you must be thinking. A film about a group of mentally disabled people on a trip across America would seem to be an odd choice for a documentary. One might...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Naqoyqatsi

Naqoyqatsi

Godfrey Reggio's prophetic visions of the state of the world and its habitants are brought to stunning vividness in the third chapter of the Qatsi documentary series, Naqoyqatsi. A harrowing exploration of man's slow...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Animal

The Animal

It's always a shame when good comedic talent goes bad, and a pleasant surprise when that finally lands a decent role in a funny film. Nothing has been expected of Rob Schneider since his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Proof of Life

Proof of Life

Good films are hard to find these days. Great films are beyond rare. Proof of Life, Russell Crowe's one-two punch of a deft kidnap and rescue thriller, is one of those rare gems....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Replacements

The Replacements

I wish I could have been in the pitch meeting for this ridiculous notion of a sports film. I bet it was some hotshot Warner Brothers agent with an dark Armani suit and manicured...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Master of the Flying Guillotine

Master of the Flying Guillotine

Attention all die-hard martial arts-movie fanatics. My eyes have seen the glory of the deadly flying guillotine and the fury of the One-Armed Boxer in the grand restoration of the pinnacle of 1970s martial...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

When the lights go down--the manwhore comes out to play.When I watch certain actors paint such vivid and animated characters across the silver screen, I am almost reach a state of pure cinema bliss....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious

Fast cars, scantily clad women, bare-knuckle brawls, and guns, guns, guns!What more could be expected from a guilty pleasure-ridden American popcorn movie like The Fast and the Furious. Nothing of substance or intelligence is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

Milla J., stick to the singing career.Luc Besson, imaginative mind behind such notable works of art such as The Professional, La Femme Nikita, and The Big Blue, has created such a memorable mess of things...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

I guess when your budget gets slashed because of a string of previous Twentieth Century Fox flops (down to $3 million this time out) and your name is Arthur P. Jacobs, you do what you...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Terminator

The Terminator

I'll never forget the first time I saw James Cameron's The Terminator. I must have watched that movie at least 100 times during my youth. But during the 101st viewing, the VHS copy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

He's an emotionless, lost soul wandering the streets and helping out strangers while looking for a clean razor and dry cleaner for his dirty overcoat. She's a pissed-off and lonely police chick who sleeps...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shadow Hours

Shadow Hours

Bad movies described as "a swift descent into sinful pleasure, decay, and debauchery" are hard to watch. Bad 2000s movies that resemble bad 1980s films are even harder to watch. Shadow Hours falls...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Heartbreakers

Heartbreakers

The problem with a movie like Heartbreakers is that as hard as you try to concentrate on the notable qualities of the film -- the clever camerawork, the strong ensemble acting, the deft script --...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Waking Life

Waking Life

Today, most films are bloated, uninteresting, narrative-driven drivel, filled with beautiful people, a hit soundtrack, and closely following the storyline of some bestseller close enough so that it doesn't offend a legion of Oprah's Book...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Serendipity

Serendipity

I must admit I'm going to be a bit biased in my review of the new romantic comedy Serendipity, because that also defines how I met my current girlfriend. The magic and mystery of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Most Terrible Time in My Life

The Most Terrible Time in My Life

Asian cinema always seems to have its own voice, its own reasons, and its own functions. Kaizo Hayashi's The Most Terrible Time in My Life is a great example of amazing cinema that has...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs

I have officially reached my quota for the year of talking animal movies. Dr. Dolittle 2 pushed me to the edge, and the animatronic animal flick Cats & Dogs has pushed right over it,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

All The Queen's Men

All The Queen's Men

Matt LeBlanc -- now here's a guy that picks winners to star in. He played second fiddle to a baseball-playing monkey in Ed. The same monkey could have owned his role in the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Skins

Skins

The trials and tribulations of Native Americans and their "Warsaw" ghetto reservation lands are tough subjects to interpret for both a filmmaker and viewing audience. The fertile grounds of social injustices, governmental mockery, human...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

American Outlaws

American Outlaws

Not so long ago, men by the names of Peckinpah, Ford, Leone, and Eastwood made westerns. Real westerns. These were some of the best films of the twentieth century.Those days are gone....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

The song-and-dance numbers are out. The cheery sidekicks are nowhere to be seen. The predictable villains in black are nonexistent. This summer, Disney comes out with both guns blazing, literally, in its...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Trixie

Trixie

It's a damn shame when a bad movie happens to a great actor. It's even worse when you try to enjoy their performance in the film while being distracted by a terrible wasteland of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Antitrust

Antitrust

The "paranoia thriller" can be beautiful or an ugly beast of burden. Most often, the audience is dragged through the most obvious of situations with a knucklehead of a leading man trying to find...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Anna And The King

Anna And The King

Anna and the King of Rock and Roll...My theory is that every generation needs their own version of the film The King and I. Namely a new king. My grandparents had Rex Harrison,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Just in time for Halloween and Christmas, the reissue of The Nightmare Before Christmas couldn't be more appropriate. With all of the attention thrown to "family films" in recent years, namely those starring pocket...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hamlet (2000)

Hamlet (2000)

A new school of acting should be constructed based on the method of Ethan Hawke. I am the first to admit that I enjoy Ethan Hawke in almost anything he does. The reason...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rat Race

Rat Race

Crazies, Lucille Ball impersonators, redneck garage mechanics, neo-Nazis, dykes on bikes, cross-dressers, electrified dogs, flying cows, vomit contests, vindictive girlfriends, and Rowan Atkinson's horrible Italian accent are the elements of success for Rat Race, the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Who is Cletis Tout?

Who is Cletis Tout?

Watching Tim Allen's career slowly slip into oblivion is a cineaste's masochistic delight. After a slew of bad choices in the past few years - including Joe Somebody, Big Trouble, and Jungle2Jungle - Tim...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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