September 2003

This latest Woody Allen misfire features Jason Biggs in the lead role of a neurotic joke writer and Christina Ricci as his oddball girlfriend. Their rocky relationship from beginning to end is chronicled with all the newness of an REO Speedwagon song. Allen has mined this same set up for many movies before, but the [...]

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It’s rare when a movie can be this subtle, and yet also completely engrossing. Sofia Coppola has written and directed another superb tale of loneliness and alienation, following 1999’s excellent “The Virgin Suicides.” I’ve read that Coppola wrote this movie with star Bill Murray in mind. And it’s easy to see why. At times, he [...]

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With 3 hours to kill before a show in Little Rock, Ark., I entered a theater with my band-mates to see this movie, mostly because the ads on TV featured positive quotes from Peter Jackson and Premiere magazine. It was a gamble, for sure. But every now and then it’s kind of fun to go [...]

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In 1992, director Robert Rodriguez released an ultra low budget, high-octane action movie called “El Mariachi.” In 1995, he filmed a high budget remake entitled “Desperado,” starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Now in 2003, comes “Once Upon A Time in Mexico,” the third and final movie featuring the mysterious El Mariachi, played once again [...]

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It’s a premise ripe with comedic possibilities: a washed up former child star tries to get a career-reviving part in an upcoming movie. Frank Sinatra’s big Oscar-winning comeback in 1953’s “From Here to Eternity” is even mentioned as an example. But instead of using mob ties to ensure he gets the role like Sinatra did, [...]

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