June 2004

“Spider-Man 2” is the kind of mainstream blockbuster film that Hollywood wishes it could make every time they invest over $100 million. Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead 2,” “The Quick and the Dead”) has always been known for delivering a knockout visual flair to his movies, so it’s no surprise that “Spider-Man 2” features not only [...]

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Following the release of his incendiary new movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” this past weekend, Oscar-winning filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore has recieved both glowing reviews and angry, heated criticism. In a country where the actions of our President have sharply divided the nation, a movie that takes one side of the argument in such a [...]

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Vin Diesel is back, four years after originating the role that made him an up-and-coming action hero. He plays Riddick; a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He’s a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn’t even have a bicycle for companionship. This movie’s predecessor, [...]

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It isn’t very often that a movie physically affects how I feel while watching it. During the last half hour of “Titanic,” I started shivering because I got so cold. While watching Gaspar Noe’s shocking “I Stand Alone,” my stomach was knotted in anticipation of whatever horrible scene was coming next. During director/star Morgan Spurlock’s [...]

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SETTING: NEARLY EMPTY COMEDY CLUB, ONE GRIZZLED STAND-UP VETERAN ON STAGE “Airlines are so tight-assed these days. What would it be like if a black man ran his own airline? That’s what I’d like to see. They wouldn’t be serving you salted nuts, that’s for sure. It’d be more like: “Here’s your bucket of fried [...]

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