Archive for September, 2001

Sweet and Lowdown

She doesn’t say a word but her expressions speak volumes. Hattie is a sweet and unassuming yong woman who washes clothes for a living and obeys the same lunch ritual every day. When jazz guitarist Emmett Ray first encounters her, he has no idea she’s mute. He’s so smitten that he doesn’t allow her to get in a word edgewise. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review September

KINGDOM COME (PG)

Whoopi Goldberg heads up a wonderful cast in this black ensemble film about an unexpected family reunion. Goldberg stars as Raynelle, whose husband Woodrow has just died of a stroke. Raynelle doesn’t seem to upset. Read the rest of this entry »

Human Nature

A philosophical burlesque, Human Nature follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan (Robbins) trains the wild man, Puff (Ifans) in the ways of the world – starting with table manners – Nathan’s lover Lila (Arquette) fights to preserve the man’s simian past, which represents a freedom enviable to most. In the power struggle that ensues, an unusual love triangle emerges exposing the perversities of the human heart and the idiosyncrasies of the civilized mind Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review October

DR. DOLITTLE 2 (PG-13)

Flatulent bears, territorial dogs, rude raccoons. I’m not sure this is what Hugh Lofting had in mind when he wrote the original “Doctor Dolittle” stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review September

61* (NR)

Billy Crystal directed this winning docudrama about the race by New York Yankees superstars Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris to beat Babe Ruth’s single season record of 60 home runs. Crystal and his splendid cast hit a home run, delivering a film that takes a well known event and infuses it with great dramatic highs. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet November

Nelson (Keanu Reeves) is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV, he meets Sara (Charlize Theron). She is very different from the other women in his life Read the rest of this entry »

Urban Legend

Poor Natalie is having a bad day. Her best friend Michelle from high school has been decapitated by a madman hiding in the backseat of her car. Another friend found his precious pup baked in the microwave before having Pop Rocks and Drain-o shoved down his throat. Read the rest of this entry »

Bamboozled

Good intentions aside, Spike Lee’s latest film backfires. It’s difficult to sit through “Bamboozled” without wondering what Lee was thinking. It starts off with a promising idea, but by the time Lee is done, the film loses all of its strength. Damon Wayans is good as a Pierre Delacroix, a talented, Harvard-educated writer working for a fledgling network. Delacroix already feels enough pressure being the only African-American on staff, but when his boss demands that he develop a hip, urban show or he’s out, he panics. His desperation leads Delacroix to create a modern day Minstrel show featuring African-Americans in black-face. Read the rest of this entry »

Kiss of the Dragon

Liu Jian, a police officer from China, comes to Paris to help the vice squad apprehend a Chinese drug lord and his unknown French connection. The French connection is Richard, the head of the vice squad, who intends to kill the drug lord then frame Jian. Jian ducks a bullet and escapes with a tape of what really happened Read the rest of this entry »

Jurassic Park III

Eight years after the InGen incident, Dr. Alan Grant is happy with his life far from any dinosaurs other than fossilized. Unfortunately, he is extremely short in research money, and therefore accepts the offer of wealthy businessman Paul Kirby: A low flight over isolated Isla Sorna, where InGen’s second research site was located, and Dr Read the rest of this entry »

The Haunting DVD

Watching the remake of “The Haunting” is the equivalent of going to a Halloween party you’ve really been looking forward to only to find out that the turd in the punch bowl is real. Forget things that go bump in the night, be afraid of things that go dump in the night. Read the rest of this entry »

Mean Machine

Disgraced ex-England captain (Danny ‘Mean Machine’ Meehan) is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. Whilst in jail, he doesn’t recieve any favours because of his celebrity status in the outside world. He is out numbered and many prisoners constantly barrage him with insults for letting down his country in a crucial World Cup game Read the rest of this entry »

Ulee’s Gold

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost thirty years since Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper took off on their choppers to discover America in 1968’s seminal classic, “Easy Rider.” It hasn’t been as easy a ride for Fonda, whose later films included “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry,” and “Race with the Devil.” Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review September

CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES (PG)

When it stays true to the original, this third entry in the “Crocodile Dundee” franchise is sweet and unassuming. It’s only when Paul Hogan and company try to be hip that the film falls flat. The more jaded movie audiences get, the harder it is to pull off Hogan’s style of humor, yet this film manages to entertain without being offensive. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cowboys

When the cattle drive finally reaches it’s destination, one of the local townspeople looks at one of the cowhands and comments “They’re just kids.” They’re not just kids. They’re “The Cowboys.” They may have started off as eleven kids, but after 400 miles of driving cattle and fighting off rustlers, you grow up fast. Read the rest of this entry »