Archive for June, 2002

The Mexican

“The Mexican” I saw in a theater this week was not the same movie being advertised on television. The one being advertised on television looks like a typically droll Julia Roberts/Brad Pitt romantic comedy. The one in theaters is a dark comedy in which Roberts and Pitt share only a few scenes together. Read the rest of this entry »

Stir of Echoes DVD

I love banana-nut ice cream. It’s difficult to find. I believe it is a seasonal thing. Even 31-Flavors doesn’t carry it. Several years ago a couple of my friends and I got together and created our very own brand of banana-nut ice cream. Read the rest of this entry »


Gossip can be a dangerous thing. It can even be deadly.

That’s the premise of “Gossip,” a catchy little thriller that has unfortunately been marketed as yet another teen flick. It’s much smarter than that, and features a fabulous cast who are completely in tune with former television director Davis Guggenheim’s vision. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow Submarine

I was only eleven when “Yellow Submarine” came out, so there was little interest in seeing the film when it played in theaters. I was deep into the Beatles, but only through their records and film “Help,” which I thought was a blast (at that time in my life I still hadn’t seen “A Hard Day’s Night”). Read the rest of this entry »

The Pacifier

Someone recently inquired if I was taking mean pills. How else could I explain my disdain for the current crop of theatrical misfires? Read the rest of this entry »

City by the Sea

In “City by the Sea,” Robert DeNiro plays veteran Manhattan homicide detective Vincent LaMarca, a man who put his career ahead of his marriage and relationship with his son. It’s been fourteen years since LaMarca last saw his son Joey (James Franco), now a drug-addict scouring the decrepit boardwalk of Long Beach, Long Island for his latest fix. Read the rest of this entry »

Films review June


I’ve always believed that there’s a very thin line between genius and madness. The brilliant people I know are also the most eccentric. I know how I feel after a day of multitasking. Imagine how you would feel if your mind never shut down. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review June


The Grotowski home is not the house that love built. Three generations of Grotowski men live under the same roof, but they’re not really a family. There’s patriarch Buck (Peter Boyle), who laments he’s so old he “can’t even remember what a woman smells like.” Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review July


Juliette Lewis the best thing about this awkward thriller that fails to pay off at the end. Lewis plays a young woman whose first apartment becomes a living nightmare. Despite the oddball neighbors and landlord, Jane Emelin (Lewis) is determined to stay her ground. Read the rest of this entry »

48 hours

48 Hrs.” is a perfect example of all of the elements coming together to create something magical. Like all great buddy films before it (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” immediately springs to mind), “48 Hrs.” clicked thanks to the chemistry between Nick Nolte and new kid on the block Eddie Murphy. Read the rest of this entry »