Archive for October, 2001

The Abyss

After conquering Earth (Terminator) and Outer Space (Aliens), it was only a matter of time before director James Cameron set his sights on Inner Space. Cameron knew that the deep blue sea held just as much mystery and fantasy as anything beyond the stars, and set out to make the ultimate underwater adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

Sidewalks of New York

Six New Yorkers have an interrelated series of relationships. TV producer Tommy, who’s just broken up with his girlfriend, has a short relationship with commitment-phobe Maria, who he meets in a video store, and also hooks up with married real-estate agent Annie, who he meets while apartment hunting. Annie is open to a relationship because her husband, Griffin, is cheating on her, which she slowly comes to realize through talking to her friend/co-worker who’s gone through the same thing Read the rest of this entry »

Swordfish

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated 0 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to .5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it’s all locked away behind super-encryption Read the rest of this entry »

Training Day

In a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A Read the rest of this entry »

The Talented Mr. Ripley

In movies, as in life, there’s nothing worse than overstaying your welcome. Think back on how you felt when your relatives came to visit and wouldn’t leave. That is how I felt about “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” an engaging thriller that is also a little long in the tooth. Read the rest of this entry »

Strangeland

In the production notes for “Dee Snider’s Strangeland,” the former Twisted Sister lead singer said that he came up with the idea of an ultimate horror film after the birth of his daughter. Snider claimed that he all of a sudden became aware of all of the evil and cruel things that can befall a child in the real world. Read the rest of this entry »

Princess Diaries, The

A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, who, unknown to her, was the crown prince of Genovia. She must make a choice between continuing the life of a San Francisco teen or stepping up to the throne. While Mia makes up her mind, she’s pressed into taking princess lessons from her grandmother Read the rest of this entry »

Shrek

Trouble is brewing in the fairytale kingdom of Duloc. The kingdom’s diminutive Lord Farquaad is on a rampage, declaring war on all fairytale characters. As part of his campaign, he has a gingerbread man dunked in milk. Lying there, with one leg missing, the gingerbread man is defiant. When Farquaad’s persists, the gingerbread man tells him to “Eat me.” Read the rest of this entry »

Last Orders

Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final request, ‘Last Orders’, that his ashes be scattered in the sea at Margate Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

It’s really difficult to enjoy the new “Star Wars” film without remembering all that came before. A virtual smorgasbord of visual splendors, “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” manages to be both original and familiar, which creates a beast with more conflicts that the one stirring inside Darth Vader. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Hawk Down DVD

“Black Hawk Down” is to entertainment what Roseanne is to song stylist. You don’t enter director Ridley Scott’s harrowing war drama looking to be entertained. It’s more of an experience, one that you won’t soon forget. Read the rest of this entry »

Payback

Hubba, hubba, hubba. That’s the catch phrase that runs through “Payback,” a verbal throwback to a simpler place and time. There’s nothing simple about “Payback,” and all of the characters seem to running out of or are on borrowed time. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review October

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (R)

Deliciously dark crime comedy about two women who take life’s lemons and make lemonade. Dorothy (Susan Lynch) and Petula (Rachel Weisz) are two women with dubious taste in men. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Polar Bear, The

Based on the beloved children’s books, The Little Polar Bear is a wondrous, warmhearted feature-length tale sparkling with snowbound adventure, breathtaking animation and a gentle message about accepting others – even if they’re different! Lars is a young polar bear who finds the big, frosty world just a little overwhelming. Then he meets Robbie, who’s funny, friendly, and a seal! Everyone, of course, knows that bears and seals can’t be pals. Everyone but Lars and Robbie Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine

Valentine’s Day 1988: At the school dance, geeky Jeremy Melton bravely faces one rejection after the other when asking four popular girls to dance with him. A fifth girl, plump and insecure, agrees, but they end up making out under the bleachers. When a group of school bullies catches them, the girl claims that Jeremy attacked her Read the rest of this entry »