Archive for December, 2002

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Anyone who has loved and lost will identify with Joel Barish, a man undergoing the worst breakup of his life. Some people would turn to drink, others to reckless, casual sex, but Joel turns to the science fiction genius of Lacuna, a company that erases bad memories. Neat trick if it works, but what happens if something goes wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Frustrated by Hollywood’s adaptations of his work, writer Ray Bradbury decided to pen the screenplay of his book “Something Wicked This Way Comes” himself. A quirky mix of Earl Hammer and Rod Serling, “Something Wicked” emerges as a folksy tale about a small town that receives a visit from a mysterious traveling carnival. Read the rest of this entry »

Holy Man

If audiences can get beyond the smokescreen that is the coming attraction trailer, they’re going to find a very different and much more satisfying movie called “Holy Man.” The trailers make “Holy Man” look like another outrageous Eddie Murphy comedy. Sure, there are plenty of laughs, yet “Holy Man” is a comedy of substance. Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve Got Mail

Unabashedly sentimental and romantic, “You’ve Got Mail” is the perfect holiday movie. Christmas arrives early this year thanks to director Nora Ephron and the unbeatable pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The “Sleepless in Seattle” team polishes off that old chestnut “Shop Around the Corner” and puts a 90’s spin on the story about two people who share a life through letters yet never meet. Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve Got Mail

Unabashedly sentimental and romantic, “You’ve Got Mail” is the perfect holiday movie. Christmas arrives early this year thanks to director Nora Ephron and the unbeatable pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine

I was sitting around the other day, getting ready to shove a red hot poker into my eye, when someone asked me if I would rather see the latest youth obsessed horror film with them. So I thought about it for a moment, and put the poker down. I’m still not sure I made the right decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Old School

“Old School” is Hollywood’s latest attempt to have their cake and eat it too. Forbidden by Congress to market R-Rated movies to underage teens, Hollywood’s solution is to make a college comedy about losers in their thirties. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mask of Zorro DVD

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 »

True Crime DVD

A crime has been committed, and once again it’s society that has to pay. Unless of course you read this review, then you can save yourself seven hard-earned dollars by skipping Clint Eastwood’s “True Crime.” Based on the novel by Andrew Klavan, “True Crime” should have been a celluloid page turner. Read the rest of this entry »

Man on the Moon

My parents were right. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by. The longer the trip, the more things start to blur. Things that deeply affected us twenty years ago are now seen through rose colored glasses. We fondly look back on our past, even embracing moments we hated at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

House on Haunted Hill

One of the great, grand dark house movies of all time, “House on Haunted Hill” still manages to send the appropriate chills up and then back down your spine. Told in the simplest fashion by gimmicky director William Castle and frequent collaborator Robb White (“The Tingler,” “13 Ghosts”), the film brings together a diverse group of individuals with only one requirement. Read the rest of this entry »