Archive for September, 2002

Quiz Show

Growing up, movies and television were my best friend. I couldn’t wait to get home from school and watch “Dark Shadows,” and found myself glued to the television during school breaks watching game shows. I had favorites, but I just enjoyed watching people win. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review October

BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (R)
(Universal)

THE LADY AND THE DUKE (PG-13)
(Columbia-TriStar)

NINE QUEENS (R)
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Mystery Men

As “Mystery Men” begins, Champion City super hero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is facing tough times. The problem is, Amazing is so good at cleaning up crime that there aren’t any decent super villains to defend the city from anymore. Read the rest of this entry »

The Haunting

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.
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About a Boy

Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will’s hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus, in many ways his complete opposite Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review September

COMIC BOOK VILLAINS (R)Writer-director James Robinson has brought together a gaggle of familiar faces to tell his tale of rival comic book store owners who engage in a dark and deadly battle over a collection of valuable comics. Read the rest of this entry »

Murder by Numbers

Murder By Numbers is a psychological suspense-thriller that tells the story of a tenacious homicide detective, Cassie Mayweather (‘Sandra Bullock’ (qv)) and her new partner Sam Kennedy (‘Ben Chaplin’ (qv)) who become pitted against two malevolently brilliant young men (‘Ryan Gosling (I)’ (qv) and ‘Michael Pitt (II)’ (qv)) in an ingenious battle of wits as they try to solve a murder case. Read the rest of this entry »

Domestic Disturbance

You want to feel sorry for Danny Morrison (Matt O’Leary), a 12-year old going through the pangs of divorce. As if the divorce weren’t enough of a jolt, Danny’s situation goes from bad to worse when his mother remarries. Top that off with the realization that Danny’s new stepfather is actually a killer and you have the makings of a made-for-television melodrama. Read the rest of this entry »

Final Fantasy

A lot has been written about “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,” a computer generated science-fiction adventure that attempts to duplicate photo realistic people. A lot of time and money, reportedly a lot of money, went into the development and production of “Final Fantasy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bare witness

Exasperating direct-to-video sex thriller stars Angie Everhart and Daniel Baldwin, and contains the usual array of dumb dialogue, dumb direction and dumb logic. Everhart plays a call girl who wants to go straight, but finds herself trapped in a world of hired killers and political cover-ups. Everhart showed more in Playboy than she does here, which would have been the film’s only calling card. Instead, fans of the ravishing beauty will get a disconnect. (Columbia-TriStar) Read the rest of this entry »

You, Me, and Dupree

Anyone with a couch, a spare room or a basement knows a Dupree. Dupree, as played by the always likeable Owen Wilson, is that carefree, throw caution-to-the-wind friend who passed puberty but never grew up. There have been a lot of man-child movies lately, perfect excuses for juvenile behavior. If these characters weren’t so earnest they would be pathetic. Wilson is extremely earnest as Dupree, but his situation is just as pathetic. Read the rest of this entry »

Serving Sara

When Sara (Elizabeth Hurley) is served divorce papers while she is in New York, she is stunned. Not about to lose the fortune she amassed with her self-serving Texas husband, she makes an offer to her process server, Joe (Matthew Perry) that sets them off on a wild trip across the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Pianist, The

The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman who, in the 1930s, was known as the most accomplished piano player in all of Poland, if not Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War, however, Szpilman becomes subject to the anti-Jewish laws imposed by the conquering Germans. By the start of the 1940s, Szpilman has seen his world go from piano concert halls to the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw and then must suffer the tragedy of his family deported to a death camp, while Szpilman is conscripted into a forced German Labor Compound Read the rest of this entry »

Alone in the Dark

If you want to be alone while watching Alone In The Dark, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you will get your wish. The bad news is that misery loves company.

Being dangled by red hot nipple clamps over a pit of cactus and scorpions would be less painful than sitting through this menage a trash about aliens, monsters, nefarious scientists, abducted children, a paranormal putz and Tara Reid as a museum curator. Pinch me, I must be dreaming. Read the rest of this entry »

Heathers DVD

Someone once asked me to describe bad taste, and I told them that it was when someone switched the brownies with dog crap. To me, that’s bad taste. I can find humor in almost any situation, it doesn’t matter to me. Read the rest of this entry »