Archive for August, 2004

Hero After watching this movie I have a distinct impression of China: windy. I don’t think there was a scene in this movie without gale-force wind. I’ll be serious now. This film had a very distinct visual style; those of you who’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will recognize it at once. The movie is […]

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The Mod Squad Claire Danes, Omar Epps, and Giovanni Ribisi update the characters from the original Mod Squad movie. In this reincarnation the plot revolves around drugs stolen from the Police evidence locker and a bunch of dirty cops. The acting was good, the story was acceptable, and the film was full of beautiful cars. […]

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The Manchurian Candidate This movie brings a whole new meaning to the term “momma’s boy.” Plot: A mutual fund brainwashes a soldier and continually pulls strings to get him elected President of the United States. I suppose the movie was good, worth seeing, but it just didn’t connect with me. I kept checking my watch […]

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Without a Paddle Wow stupid. Three childhood friends reunite at the funeral of another childhood friend. They spend the evening reminiscing and decide to fulfill a childhood promise to go on a camping trip to find D.B. Cooper’s buried treasure. While on the camping trip they stumble upon a massive marijuana plantation operated by two […]

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Under the Tuscan Sun Mmmm Diane Lane. After getting a divorce, Frances (Lane) finds herself on a gay tour of romantic Tuscany. She’s “gay and away”. She ends up buying and renovating an Italian villa and finds herself in the process. This movie would properly be classified as a chick-flick but I liked it nonetheless.

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Secondhand Lions Haley Joel Osment plays a young boy who helps his eccentric uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duval) recapture their youth while he himself learns about life. Very touching, I think I’m getting misty. Seriously though, the story is old and has been told many times before but this retelling is fresh and enchanting. […]

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Collateral Tom Cruise plays a contract killer with white hair. Jamie Foxx plays a cabbie whose first language is English. Whatever. Foxx plays Max, a good-guy cabbie who has big plans for his future. He picks up Vincent (Cruise) who offers him $600 to drive him to “visit” 5 friends and then to the airport. […]

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Alien vs. Predator I’m starting to get a little frustrated that nobody in Hollywood can come up with a creative idea. What kind of creative genius did it take to watch Freddy vs. Jason and say “let’s pit Alien vs Predator”. Who do you think will win? I think it’s pretty obvious. Alien has to […]

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The Village Yet another movie based on a book. This time it is M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village that is being converted to the big screen. The movie was written (obviously), directed and produced by the author. Either he has a hard time convincing other people that his books should be movies or he has […]

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I, Robot Will Smith saves the world again. What would we do without him? How would we get through the summer movie season? This movie is based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Asimov. Will Smith plays a detective in the future with a seemingly unfounded mistrust of robots. He is forced […]

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