Archive for August, 2003

Tears of the Sun

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees Read the rest of this entry »

Brother Bear

Long ago, as the Earth was emerging from the Ice Age, there were three brothers. After a bear takes the life of the oldest brother, impulsive youngest brother Kenai kills the bear in revenge, only to be transformed into a bear himself. Denahi, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed Kenai, vows revenge Read the rest of this entry »

Dances with Wolves

I have this uncanny knack of being able to pick the Oscar-winning Best Film each year. My friends hate me for this, but when I’ve seen that year’s Best Picture winner, I know it. It’s been going on for more than ten years, and not once was I wrong. The moment I walked out of the screening of “Dances with Wolves,” I turned to my friends and said they’ve just seen the Best Picture of 1990. Read the rest of this entry »

Foreigner, The

Jonathon Cold (Steven Seagal) is a freelance agent hired by a mysterious man to deliver a package from France to Germany. The contents of the package remain undisclosed, even between employer and employee, but whatever it contains seems to be attracting a swarm of political corruption, backstabbing bad guys and murder. However, Cold knows he must stay one step ahead of the evil powers at work, whoever they are, no matter what the cost, as it increasingly becomes a game of step on or be stepped on Read the rest of this entry »

Prey for Rock & Roll

Prey For Rock & Roll is the story of Jacki and her all-girl rock and roll band, Clam Dandy, who are trying to make it in the LA club scene of the late 1980’s. After ten years of being ignored by record producers, Jacki and the band find hope in one producer who promises to see them play and consider them for a contract. Jacki resolves to play this one last gig and then throw in the towel if she does not find success Read the rest of this entry »

Pirates of the Caribbean

Cursed pirates, a salty hero, a feisty damsel in distress, her handsome rescuer, sea battles, exciting sword duels, breathtaking scenery, what more could you want from a swashbuckling adventure? You get all of that and more in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” a rollicking E-Ticket cinema ride that, along with “Finding Nemo,” is one of the best films of the summer to date. Read the rest of this entry »

Shadow of the Vampire DVD

Filled with great conceit and whimsy, director E. Elias Merhige’s “Shadow of the Vampire” is the perfect marriage of fact and fantasy. Genuinely creepy, “Shadow of the Vampire” is scarier than anything else out there. Read the rest of this entry »

With A Friend Like Harry

To some degree, we’ve all had people like Harry in our lives. They hover around the peripheral of our lives, barely noticeable. They always seem to know much more about us than we do them, and when we innocently invite them into our lives, they not only grab the chance, they eventually begin to take over. You try to be nice, but their obsessive behavior denies you the opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

The Waterboy

There are three things that Bobby Boucher loves more than anything else in the world: His Momma, Football and Water. All three are connected in Boucher’s limited world, where he serves as the water boy for the Louisiana University football team. Bobby would love to play football, but he loves his Momma, and his momma doesn’t want him playing no football. Read the rest of this entry »

Life of David Gale, The

Dr. David Gale, an advocate of eliminating the death penalty, is falsely accused of rape and murder. Once convicted, he ends up on death row in Texas himself, telling his story to a reporter through a series of flashbacks Read the rest of this entry »

Unbreakable DVD

They are the type of headlines that instantly grab your attention. You read them with morbid curiosity. Train derails, no survivors. Plane crashes on take-off. No survivors. Bus plunges off icy road. No survivors.

Then there’s that one headline. Subway crash kills 77, leaves one survivor. Man walks away from fatal plane crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Enough

While watching the latest estrogen thriller “Enough,” I thought about a girl I knew in high school. She was dating an abusive guy who had no problem reminding her that she belonged to him. When she tried to break up with him, he attempted to run over her. Restraining orders were useless. This guy was truly frightening. Read the rest of this entry »

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will’s life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed Read the rest of this entry »

Strong contenders for best films of 2003

A mystical tale of a spiritual journey shot in New Zealand tops my list of best films for 2003, but it’s not the film you think. Yes, the third and final chapter of director Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy made the list, but there was one film, released early last summer, that I just couldn’t shake. Read the rest of this entry »

The Poseidon Adventure

Believe it or not, “The Poseidon Adventure” was the movie that cemented my desire to become a film critic. When I attended Hueneme High School, they offered an elective class called Film Criticism. Due to its popularity, it was only available to juniors and seniors. Read the rest of this entry »