Archive for November, 2002

Films review December

SAVING GRACE (R)

“Saving Grace” strives to be one of those cute, charming foreign imports like “The Full Monty” and “Waking Ned Devine.” It’s set in a picturesque Cornish village, and features a colorful gallery of characters who do unexpected things. Unlike those other comedies, “Saving Grace” never reaches the same high, which is ironic considering it’s subject matter. Read the rest of this entry »

City by the Sea

New York City homicide detective Vincent LaMarca has forged a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, making a name for himself as a man intensely committed to his work. But on his latest case, the stakes are higher for Vincent—the suspect he’s investigating is his own son. He and Joey have been painfully estranged ever since Vincent divorced his wife and left the decaying boardwalks of Long Beach, Long Island for the anonymity of Manhattan and a successful career with the NYPD Read the rest of this entry »

Transporter, The

Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham) lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary “transporter” who moves goods – human or otherwise – from one place to another. No questions asked. Frank’s newest transport seems no different from the countless ones he’s done in the past Read the rest of this entry »

Little Nicky

As punishment for a careless mistake, the gatekeeper to Hell winds up with a pair of breasts on his head. In any other film, this would probably be funny. In “Little Nicky,” it’s redundant. You see, there are more boobs in “Little Nicky” than in a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s portfolio. Read the rest of this entry »

Sniper 2

A former Marine sniper is lured back in on a top-secret mission to take out a Serbian general who is committing atrocities on the Muslim population. His partner in this mission is a death-row convict who has been given the chance to earn his freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Small Soldiers DVD

I really liked this movie the first two times I saw it as “Gremlins” and “Toy Story.” Now it’s just a pastiche of better films told with impressive special effects and a sad excuse for a story. I’m really disappointed in Dante, who was (awe heck, still is) one of my favorite directors. Read the rest of this entry »

Firestarter 2: Rekindled

Vincent Sforza works for a research company, and he has been put in charge of locating several people who were part of an old experiment from the 1970s, in which a group of college students were given a dose of a chemical called LOT-6. Apparently, the victims of the experiment have won a class action lawsuit and need to be found so that a check can be issued.¬†¬†Included on the list is teenager Charlene “Charlie” McGee, the child of two of the dead participants in the experiment Read the rest of this entry »

Pearl Harbor

Shamelessly old-fashioned and unabashedly cliche, “Pearl Harbor” tells the tale of two best friends who grow up to become fighter pilots and romantic rivals over the same nurse. Their story is told against the epic backdrop of the months leading up to the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review November

13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING (R)
(Columbia-TriStar)

AMY’S O (R)
(Sundance) Read the rest of this entry »

The Mask of Zorro

When I was a child, I remember watching “Zorro” on television. It starred Guy Williams, and was a campy concoction but fun nonetheless. That was then. Along came “Zorro: The Gay Blade,” starring George Hamilton in an attempt to capitalize on his success from “Love at First Bite.” More corny than campy, it didn’t ring any mission bells. Read the rest of this entry »

Lost in Space DVD

I must confess when I first saw the theatrical film “Lost in Space,” I was less than thrilled. “Lost in Space” was one of my favorite childhood television shows. I loved the show so much that my friends and I would write our own scripts and turn my bedroom into the Jupiter 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Jigsaw

A college art class is given a bizarre assignment—they are each given part of a mannequin which they must decorate according to their own personal fears. They then reassemble the pieces and dub the resulting figure “Jigsaw.” During a drunken celebration, the students burn the figure as an effigy—but somewhere along the line, Jigsaw is given the gift of life and rises to brutally slaughter its creators Read the rest of this entry »

Bourne Identity, The

Based very loosely on Robert Ludlum’s novel, the Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fisherman who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as the Swiss bank account, the number of which, is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is and why he is being hunted Read the rest of this entry »

Ted Bundy

Michael Reilly Burke’s portrayal of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy is exceptional. This account begins in 1974 with Bundy as a sympathetic counselor at an emergency hotline center in Seattle as well as a struggling law student. Bundy was handsome, intelligent, and well spoken, but something disturbing lurked just beneath the facade and his sociopathic behavior set forth a series of events that would shock the world Read the rest of this entry »

Signs

Mel Gibson plays a former priest who lost his faith after his wife was killed in a freak car accident. Six months later, he discovers a gigantic crop circle in his yard, similar events happen all over the world. Graham’s children think it’s aliens, his brother thinks it’s pranksters, and Graham doesn’t know what to think Read the rest of this entry »