September 2000

While not as funny as his 1997 movie “Waiting for Guffman,” director-writer-actor Christopher Guest’s newest mockumentary “Best in Show” is still light years ahead of most comedies these days. Rather than going for slapstick and obvious jokes, it finds humor in the offbeat charcters it presents. But unlike “Guffman,” it seems a bit more believable [...]

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Lars Von Trier did “Breaking the Waves,” a movie that kicked my ass so completely, I was unsure if I ever wanted to see it again. His newest pic covers more bleak, disturbing material with another horribly tragic protagonist. Except this time she’s played by Bjork AND it’s a damn musical! This is an inspired, [...]

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It’s weird to see this many great flicks in a row, but I can’t heap enough praise on Cameron Crowe’s newest movie. It’s a coming-of-age story set in the early seventies around a rock band on tour. Did they get it right? Hell, yes. So many times you see rock bands in movies portrayed with [...]

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What a great movie! I liked this movie so much I saw it twice in the same week. It’s quirky, unpredictable, funny and dramatic. The screenplay is a wholly developed gem, some sort of “Wizard of Oz”-esque fairy tale with a heart of gold masquerading as a violent modern road picture. There are great big [...]

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Like “The Usual Suspects,” this gun-toting double-cross movie isn’t about deep insights. It’s about slimy people, crazy plot twists, and devious motives. Densly plotted, “The Way of the Gun” was penned and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for co-writing “The Usual Suspects.” Familiar territory, yes, but it’s territory which if done well, [...]

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