Archive for July, 2001

Elvis Took a Bullet

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The Cider House Rules

The writing is on the wall, but the performances and situations leap off the screen in director Lasse Hallstrom’s delicate “The Cider House Rules.” Based on John Irving’s coming-of-age novel, “The Cider House Rules” is a heartfelt Valentine to the wonder of the human spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

Artificial Intelligence: AI

In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting raise of the ocean waters has drowned all the coastal cities of the world. Withdrawn to the interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching to the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve him. One of the mecha-producing companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings, especially a never-ending love for his “mother”, Monica Read the rest of this entry »

Ghosts of Mars

200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet. Read the rest of this entry »

Mummy Returns, The

Another legend. Another monster. Another quest for the world! The Scorpion King Read the rest of this entry »

Hannibal

Part four in the Hannibal Lecter Quadrilogy. Having escaped the asylum in “Silence of the Lambs,” Dr Lecter goes into hiding in Florence, Italy. Back in America, Mason Verger, an old victim of the doctor’s, seeks revenge Read the rest of this entry »

Titanic DVD

One of the benefits of reviewing video and DVD is the opportunity to catch up with old friends, and make new ones. A lot of smaller films come and go so quickly in theaters that your only chance to discover them is during their ancillary runs. I had such a privilege this week when I saw a little film called “Titanic.” I didn’t hear much about it when it played in theaters. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wedding Singer

As far as decades go, the 1980’s are always good for a laugh. There’s plenty of laughs and a lot of heart in director Frank Coraci and writer Tim Herlihy’s sweet and nostalgic romantic comedy, “The Wedding Singer.” Comedian Adam Sandler (“Billy Madison” “Happy Gilmore”) is sensational as small town wedding singer Robbie Hart. Read the rest of this entry »

Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The

CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don’t like each other – or at least that’s what they think Read the rest of this entry »

Intermission

According to a recent Google search, the population of Dublin, Ireland hovers just above one million people. Add in the boroughs and that number shoots up another five-hundred-thousand. Like the Naked City, that’s a lot of stories, but if you are to believe the new Irish comedy-drama “Intermission,” they’re all somehow connected. It’s a Gaelic “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Black Dahlia

Despite the bright, pretty images we see on the screen, the film business is filled with dark, disturbing stories, tales of broken hearts and broken dreams. Like a car wreck, we can’t help but look, our curiosity primed and ready for the worst. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review July

24 HOUR WOMAN (R)

What is it about Rosie Perez’s voice that makes me want to shove hot pokers in my ears? Here’s a genuinely funny and engaging comedy-drama that is almost impossible to sit through thanks to Perez. Read the rest of this entry »

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The idyllic beauty of Greece’s Mediterranean coast has been invaded by Italy, bringing legions of soldiers to the once tranquil island of Cephallonia. Captain Antonio Corelli, an officer with an irrepressibly jovial personality and passion for the mandolin, initially alienates a number of the villagers, including Pelagia. The daughter of the village doctor, Pelagia is an educated and strong-willed woman, and while at first offended by the Italian soldier’s behavior, she slowly warms to his certain charms as they are forced to share her father’s home Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Run

Something fowl is happening on the Tweedy Chicken Farm, and the hens don’t like it. Birds of a feather may flock together, but the ingenious stars of “Chicken Run” have something more daring in mind. Thanks to the pluck of one hen named Ginger, the chickens are about to stage one of the most daring escapes since Steve McQueen jumped his motorcycle over a fence in “The Great Escape.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jacob’s Ladder

1990 was a good year for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin. He won an Oscar for “Ghost,” and penned this hallucinatory nightmare for director Adrian Lyne (“Fatal Attraction”). Rubin’s fascination with the afterlife began when he wrote the screenplay for “Brainstorm” in 1982. Read the rest of this entry »