Paycheck

Judging from the reviews and IMDb comments, it seems I’m the only person that likes this movie. Paycheck is based on a Philip K. Dick short story — he wrote a ton of them — and is about the futility of being able to see into the future, even if we could. The movie doesn’t get too wrapped up in the contradictions of seeing the future — if we can see it, and we have the...
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Count Me Among The Most Stubborn Critics

Amazon.com: DVD: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) Everything that’s been done to the Star Wars movies in the last seven years is, without a doubt, the biggest pooch screw in the history of cinema, and yes, I’m including Ishtar and Heaven’s Gate. From an Amazon editorial review of the upcoming DVD release: Years later, George Lucas transformed his films into “special editions” by adding...
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Capsule Movie Reviews

Spoons put out a call for movie suggestions and this was my response based on movies I’ve seen lately. FWIW: I liked Lady Killers, but I also like the Coen Brothers. The language was bad, but I’ve heard far, far worse. The movie is good and even mentions my home town of Pascagoula, MS and is set about 30 miles from where I live. It’s a weird movie, just as you would expect from the...
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Intolerable Cruelty

The Coen Brothers have been on a bit of a roll in recent years. It started with Fargo — love that woodchipper scene — went on with The Big Lebowski — a personal favorite of mine — continued with O Brother, Where Art Thou and The Man Who Wasn’t There. I loved O Brother, Where Art Thou — especially the soundtrack — and thought The Man Who Wasn’t There was...
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Kill Bill (Volume 1)

As someone who’s loved Quentin Tarantino’s movies ever since Reservoir Dogs I was ecstatic when I found out Kill Bill would be made. On a side note, I happen to think Reservoir Dogs was named after the dog that jumps in the reservoir in Body Double, rather than the normal explanation that he couldn’t pronounce the name of the movie Au revoir les enfants and liked the sound of his...
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Donnie Darko

I watched Donnie Darko on DVD and was impressed. Somehow I missed this in theaters in 2001 and am only now seeing it. It’s an intelligent horror flick along the lines of The Sixth Sense, in that it doesn’t have to spill buckets of blood to get suspense. What it doesn’t do is answer all of the questions it raises. In that sense it’s more like a David Lynch film, minus the gratuitous...
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Listmania!

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has yet another list and I participated: The 15 Greatest Movies Of All Time. According to a few bloggers. These were my submissions, in alphabetical order: * Animal House (1978) * Conversation, The (1974) * Dennis Miller In Black and White (1990) (TV) * Dennis Miller: Mr. Miller Goes to Washington (1988) (TV) * Godfather, The (1972) * Goodfellas (1990) * L.A. Confidential...
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One Non-War Post – Martin Scorsese And The Oscars

CNN.com – Will Scorsese benefit from Oscar push? – Mar. 19, 2003 Ordinarily I wouldn’t like this, but Martin Scorsese and his movies have been consistently screwed by the Academy for “feel-good” pictures like Rocky, Ordinary People and Dances With Wolves. I want him to get Best Director and I think he has a good shot on the merits of Gangs alone. Short of that, a catch-up...
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