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Monday, July 19th, 2004
10:39 pm - Recommendation of the Week (July 19 - July 25)


If Interiors was Woody Allen's Bergman movie, and Stardust Memories was his Fellini movie, then you could say that Sleeper is his Buster Keaton movie. Relying more on visual/conceptual/slapstick gags than his trademark verbal wit, Sleeper is probably the funniest of what would become known as Allen's "early, funny films" and a milestone in his development as a director. Allen plays Miles Monroe, cryogenically frozen in 1973 (he went into the hospital for an ulcer operation) and unthawed 200 years later. Society has become a sterile, Big Brother-controlled dystopia, and Miles joins the underground resistance--joined by a pampered rich woman (Diane Keaton at her bubbliest). Among the most famous gags are Miles's attempt to impersonate a domestic-servant robot; the Orgasmatron, a futuristic home appliance that provides instant pleasure; a McDonald's sign boasting how-many-trillions served; and an inflatable suit that provides the means for a quick getaway. The kooky unthawing scenes were later blatantly (and admittedly) ripped off by Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

(Watch the Trailer @ Video Detective)

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Sunday, April 6th, 2003
2:13 pm - Chicago (2003)
Holy crap! This is the best movie musical since about...oh...ever (Hedwig and the Angry Inch a close second). If Rob Marshall's Chicago was on the same playground with Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge, the former would leave with a well deserved bloody nose...fucking brat. This is the best picture of the year. Hands down.

(10/10)

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Saturday, May 25th, 2002
10:19 pm - The New Guy (2002)
This new teen comedy is one with heart, although suffers from many flaws. It is clear that the film has been hacked and re-hacked by the studio since it was first scheduled to be released in May 2000. Cleaned up dialogue, cut jokes, and added scenes take away much of the gross-out humor that worked so well in films like There's Something About Mary. My only hope is that they will release an unrated version of the film on DVD. Look for countless cameos, and teen comedy cliches.
(5/10)

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10:14 pm - The Others (2001)
This is one of those overlooked films that will gain recognition now that it has hit the video shelves. Wow, is this a good picture! This is one of the few films that I've seen recently that had the whole room talking outloud, trying to figure out the twist of the film. Each frame of the film is breath-taking, especially the use of light and shadow. The cast is excellent and features some of the best children actors seen in years. If you like this film, be sure to check out The Other, an equally creepy ghost tale made in the seventies.

(9/10)

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002
1:03 am - Hercules in New York (1970)
Wow - what a piece of work this picture is. Ahh-nold's film debut, and boy is it a winner. (I hope sarcasm is translated well over the internet.) The terminator did not speak English very well at the time of the shooting, resulting in a terrifically cheesy American voice over. The voice over is the main reason you'll get a kick out of the film.If you decide to check out this B-flick, be sure to head down to your local video store. AMC airs it from time to time, but they have "restored" the film, cutting the dubbed American audio track. Rated PG for adult themes. Bad film, good times.

(3/10)

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Sunday, March 31st, 2002
11:02 pm - Death To Smoochy (2002)
I was dreading seeing this film - word on the street wasn't good...but none of the negative talk was true. Listen people: THIS IS ONE FUN FILM. Sure, it has its flaws, but I haven't laughed this long at a movie in a long time. Perhaps its demented humor is what has turned the critics off. Go see the film, I promise you'll be singing songs and recenting lines the rest of the night. Great entertainment. Rated R for strong language.

(8/10)

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9:00 am - Amelie (2001)
This could be described a number of ways: a chick flick, a fairytale, a sweet film...I don't know what to call it, or if I agree with any of the options mentioned above. I was dragged to go see it with a friend of mine who had seen a few weeks earlier and hated it initially, but realized over the last few days that she actually liked it. Hhhhmmm. Maybe I should wait until next week to write a review. Nah - I'll do it now. The film follows the life or Amelie, a whacky little French girl. She finds a book of torn photographs and Mr. Right, who just so happens to work in a sex shop. This film is really about mating ritual I guess. The games we all must play before landing someone in the shack. This is a sweet film, and has some truly brilliant moments, however, the story unfolds very slowly. I had to get some caffeine to stay awake. It is a cute movie, which makes it weird when the "Prince" is putting pricing stickers on dildo boxes. Just doesn't seem like the kind of boy we want our "Snow White" to be with.

(7/10)

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8:46 am - E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial: 20th Anniversary Edition (2002)
You've probably seen it a million times. For me, it brings back childhood memories. Put those aside, and you've still got one awesome movie. When Elliot and E.T. take to the sky, your heart swells every time - even more today with a new audio track and film print. Certain scenes have been retouched by the help of computer technology, and there is some never before seen footage, including a scene in which E.T. takes a bath. Although it is easy to tell the old from the new, it does not stick out like a sore thumb, or distract from the story or pace of the film. Speilberg also removed guns in the film, replacing them with walkie-talkies, and changed a joke in the film that used the word "terrorist", now hippie. Sit back, and try to ignore the parallels to the story of Jesus Christ, it's all in your head - you've been away at college too long...and enjoy a true example of movie magic. If you enjoy this film, be sure to check out the delightful Mac and Me. Has it really been twenty years? Rated PG for language and adult themes.

(8/10)

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Saturday, March 30th, 2002
11:11 pm - Little Otik (2001)
From the director of Alice and Faust, comes an unusual tale about a couple who adopt a tree stump. When the stump, "Little Otik", comes to life, trouble is in the air. This film has been compared to Rosemary's Baby and Eraserhead, but do not be fooled - this is a truly original film. Although it is not as disturbing as Alice or Faust, the film has its moments, and seems to go on about thirty minutes longer than it should. Fun none the less. Unrated, contains strong language, adult themes and breif nudity.

(5/10)

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11:06 pm - Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
It's a shame that Russel Crowe comes across as such an asshole off the screen. Despite his recent bad behavior, credit is due to his fine performance in this spectacular film by Ron Howard. The film never skips a beat, with its plot twists and turns, and affective storytelling. The beautiful Jennifer Connelly, who won Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film, does an incredible job as the frustrated, yet understanding and supportive wife. Ignore all the mud-slinging, and bad-boy Crowe headlines. This is a film everyone will enjoy. Rated PG-13 for language and adult themes.

(8.5/10)

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10:50 pm - Panic Room (2002)
Think Wait Until Dark meets Home Alone. A recently divorced woman and her daughter gets trapped in an elaborate "panic room" when a group of robbers attempt to collect their fortune. With this film, David Fincher learns that eye candy can only take you so far: style cannot make up for a lack of story, originality, or quality acting. The only thing that will make you panic is that the cast and crew robbed you of two hours of your life. Check out the long forgotten film Lady in a Cage instead. Rated R for violence and strong language.

(1/10)

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