October 2000

This is essentially a pared-down version of Jackie Chan’s much-revered 1994 film “Drunken Master II.” It’s 15 minutes shorter, and for me at least, probably better. I have to be honest. I am not really a martial arts fan and I absolutely HATE watching movies that have been dubbed in English. That said, I enjoyed [...]

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Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and especially Gary Oldman all shine in this modern political morality tale, but it gets a bit preachy towards the end. What a great set-up, though. The first half of this film raises many ethical questions, none of them black and white, and all of them infinintely more interesting than the [...]

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Spike Lee’s latest is a seriously challenging movie with such a ridiculous premise and caricatured characters that I didn’t believe a moment of it. That’s not to say I didn’t like it. In “Do the Right Thing,” one of my faves of all time, Spike shows us that race relations are anything but black and [...]

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I haven’t seen “Pi,” director Darren Aronofsky’s debut feature film, but after seeing this, his second one, I know I have to. It’s a striking, bold movie with some crazy cinematic moments. It’s essentially a “junkie” movie, but it doesn’t pull ANY punches. Watching the downward spiral of the main characters played by Ellen Burstyn, [...]

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Jay Roach, who directed the first and funniest “Austin Powers” movie, directed this comedy. And while credit should be given to him for this hilarious film, Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro really sell their roles. Their timing and dedication to absurdity elevate this from a funny film to a pure comic gem. Don’t believe the [...]

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