Archive for July, 2000

More Dogs Than Bones

A series of mishaps and misfortunes over million in cash leads to murder, mayhem and greed. Read the rest of this entry »

Pokémon: The Movie 2000

Ash Ketchum must put his skill to the test when he attempts to save the world from destruction. The Greedy Pokemon collector Lawrence III throws the universe into chaos after disrupting the balance of nature by capturing one of the Pokemon birds that rule the elements of fire, lightning and ice. Will Ash have what it takes to save the world? Read the rest of this entry »

Best In Show

Someone once said that dying was easy, comedy was hard. If that’s true, then satire is a bitch. A female dog to be exact. Like the canines on display in Christopher Guest’s “Best In Show,” satire can be just as finicky. It takes someone with keen observation and a sharp ear to get it right. One slip and the illusion is broken. Read the rest of this entry »

Charade

“Charade” is such a smart, pleasant romp that it still holds up after 36 years. Written by Peter Stone and directed by Stanley Donen as an antidote to the then current super spy trend (James Bond), “Charade” plays like a combination between Alfred Hitchcock and Blake Edwards. Read the rest of this entry »

Miss Congeniality

When a serial killer indicates that his next target is the Miss United States beauty pageant, the F.B.I Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunists, The

Vic is a struggling auto mechanic with a safe-cracking past and a lot of debt. His girlfriend runs a bar and offers to loan him the money she’s saved for remodeling, but Vic is reluctant to take it. When a long-lost cousin from Ireland shows up on his doorstep, the two team up for one last heist Read the rest of this entry »

Memento

Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard (Guy Pearce), a ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line movies forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Planet

If indeed there is life on Mars, the last two films about colonizing the planet haven’t been able to find it. Like “Mission To Mars,” “Red Planet” is a lifeless spectacle. Pretty pictures valiantly trying to hide characters and direction that are as thin as air on the moon. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Dragon DVD

I’ve always admired television stars like Mary Tyler Moore, the cast of “M*A*S*H” and more recently Ray Romano, who would rather close up shop while at the top than beat their shows to death until they become an embarrassment. Read the rest of this entry »

Rated X

Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60’s. After creating such legendary porn films as “Behind the Green Door” and “Inside Marily Chambers”, they later became addicted to drugs and began a downward spiral leading to bankruptcy and murder. Read the rest of this entry »

Me, Myself And Irene

“Is that another chicken joke?” Not since Joanne Worley bellowed that line on “Laugh-In” has fowl been so chic. After roosting with the fine feathered friends of “Chicken Run” for an hour-and-a-half, you would assume that you’ve been subjected to every chicken joke and pun imaginable. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review July

BEACH, THE (R)

Disappointing effort from director Danny Boyle, who has never been able to match the intensity of “Trainspotting.” “The Beach,” based on the popular novel by John Hodge, plays like “Apocalypse Light.” Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review July

70’S, THE (NR)

If you thought the real Seventies sucked, then prepare for more of the same. I really liked the television mini-series “The 60s.” It worked for me, even if some of the dialogue and acting was borderline at best. Read the rest of this entry »

The Castle

You learn two things during director Rob Sitch’s rib tickler “The Castle”: (1) A house is not a home; and (2) A man’s home is his castle. Words to live by, and that is exactly what Kerrigan patriarch Darryl (Michael Caton) does. Darryl believes that location is everything, and is perfectly happy with his spread that sits underneath high voltage power lines and next to a busy airport. Read the rest of this entry »

Salo – The 120 Days Of Sodom

My favorite screen credit of all time comes from the film “Poltergeist II.” There’s a scene where Craig T. Nelson downs a bottle of tequila, and accidentally swallows the worm. In true “Poltergeist” fashion, the worm takes on a life of its own, forcing Nelson to chuck it back up. The regurgitation then becomes an entity and crawls off. Read the rest of this entry »