Archive for January, 2000

Forever Lulu

Lulu McAfee lives in a San Francisco home for mentally-ill adults. In June 1999, she bolts for L.A Read the rest of this entry »

Films review February

ASUNDER (R)

Black take on “Fatal Attraction” stars Blair Underwood as a grieving widower who seeks compassion and eventually passion in the arms of his best friend’s wife, only to turn on both of them when the wife ends up pregnant and chooses her husband over her lover. Read the rest of this entry »

Stir of Echoes

I love banana-nut ice cream. It’s difficult to find. I believe it is a seasonal thing. Even 31-Flavors doesn’t carry it. Several years ago a couple of my friends and I got together and created our very own brand of banana-nut ice cream. Read the rest of this entry »

Gangster No. 1

A middle-aged crime boss (Malcolm McDowell) smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant – and feared. As an unnamed young hood (played by Paul Bettany) in Swinging 60’s London, he seemed to ape his mod boss Freddie Mays (David Thewlis), and do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie’s supremacy, and especially his tall bird (Saffron Burrows) Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the Parents

A Jewish male nurse (Ben Stiller) plans to ask his live-in girl friend (Teri Polo) to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father (Robert DeNiro) expects to be asked for his daughter’s hand before she can accept. Thus begins the visit from Hell as the two travel to meet Mom (Blythe Danner) and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement Read the rest of this entry »

Best films of 1999

It’s that time of year again. Time to make a list. 1999 has been the year of the list. As the millennium drags to an end, everyone has been checking in with a list. The best of the year. The best of the decade. The best of the century. The best of the millennium. Read the rest of this entry »

Pi

I was never a big fan of mathematics. Oh sure I learned the basics. I was even forced to take calculus and algebra to get in to college. You know what? I’ve never had the need to square root anything in my life. Never. Read the rest of this entry »

House of Wax

There’s something about watching socialite Paris Hilton getting her Barbie-doll face impaled by a long, hard, blunt object. First there was her X-rated romp with Rick Salomon, and now, in the remake of House of Wax, Hilton’s head is once again open for business. Read the rest of this entry »

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Blake Edward’s big-screen version of Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” begins with a gorgeous establishing shot of New York at dawn. The streets are eerily empty, with just a handful of cars and pedestrians dotting the concrete and glass landscape. A cab pulls into view, and out steps Holly Golightly, Capote’s party girl heroine. Read the rest of this entry »

DVD Calendar

Another 48 Hours – Paramount Benji – Image Black Rain – Paramount Boogeyman/Devonsville Horror – Anchor Bay Branded to Kill – Criterion Fantastic Planet – Anchor Bay Read the rest of this entry »

American Graffiti: Collector’s Edition

“American Graffiti,” the film that asks the question: “Where we you in ’62?” I was five-years old. I don’t remember where I was. So I left it to writer-director George Lucas to fill me in. I was sixteen years old when I first saw “American Graffiti.” Even though I spent my formative teen years in the seventies, I really identified with the music of the sixties. I don’t know. Maybe it was an unconscious cry to return to a simpler time. Whatever. I remember seeing “American Graffiti” for the first time at a drive-in.
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