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Making the 10 Best of 2000's Mostly Bad Lot PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 26 December 2000 18:00
So, compared to last year, just how bad were movies in 2000? Let’s put it this way: Last year, the wonderfully inventive and clever Election narrowly missed making my 10 Best list. I consider it a truly great comedy, and its Oscar-nominated screenplay is superb, but I just couldn’t fit it in following a year that produced such milestones as American Beauty, Toy Story 2, Being John Malkovich, The Straight Story, and even South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut (and that’s not even including such works as Magnolia and The Talented Mr.

 
The Perils – and Pleasures – of Self-Involvement: "The Emperor's New Groove" and "What Women Want" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 December 2000 18:00

The Emperor's New GrooveTHE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE

Despite being saddled with a crummy title, Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove turns out to be the studio’s most sheerly pleasurable animated feature in ages. It appears to have been made not only for those of us who were sick to death of the tired old Disney formula, but by people who were sick to death of the tired old Disney formula; it attacks the studio’s shopworn clichés with a vengeance that is both hilarious and utterly deserved.

 
No Rescue from These Flawed Films: "Proof of Life" and "Vertical Limit" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 December 2000 18:00

Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe in Proof of LifePROOF OF LIFE

Proof of Life, the kidnapping drama by director Taylor Hackford, stars David Morse as Peter Bowman, an American engineer living near the Andes who gets abducted by a group of Latin American revolutionaries convinced that Bowman’s dam-building project is an insidious political maneuver.

 
Sneak Peek: The 2001 Oscar Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 December 2000 18:00
With no new releases opening this past weekend, and faced with the prospect of reviewing 102 Dalmatians (it took all my endurance just to sit through the first lovable, live-action canine opus), I decided to instead look to a brighter future: next year’s potential Academy Award nominations.

 
"Unbreakable" Fails to Build on Promise -- or Premise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 November 2000 18:00

Samuel L. Jackson in UnbreakableUNBREAKABLE

You gotta give M. Night Shymalan credit: The man gives great preview. Though it’s impossible to determine just how much of a hand he had in creating the theatrical trailer for his new thriller Unbreakable, by the time the words “from the writer/director of The Sixth Sense” hit the screen, they’re completely superfluous; a mere 30 seconds in, you know it couldn’t possibly be the work of anyone else.

 
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