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The Eyes Have It, and an Apology from Hollywood: "Cast Away" and "The Family Man" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 January 2001 18:00

Tom Hanks in Cast AwayCAST AWAY

In Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis’ most fully satisfying work in ages, Tom Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx engineer for whom the world can’t move fast enough; he’s obsessed with time-saving, whether it be with associates in Moscow or friends at home. Before boarding a plane for a business conference, he even goes so far as to give his girlfriend (Helen Hunt) a wrapped engagement ring, instructing her to open it when he returns. (He saves lead-in time on its actual presentation.) But somewhere over the Pacific, the plane crashes (in one of cinema’s most terrifying airplane disasters), and Chuck is washed up on a deserted island with little hope of escape or rescue; suddenly, he has all the time in the world, and the film, which had previously been lightning quick, slows down to a crawl.

 
The Perils – and Pleasures – of Self-Involvement: "The Emperor's New Groove" and "What Women Want" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
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
Movies - Reviews
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.

 
"Unbreakable" Fails to Build on Promise -- or Premise PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
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.

 
Giving Romantic Comedy a "Bounce": Also, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stone Christmas" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 November 2000 18:00

Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow in BounceBOUNCE

Writer-director Don Roos might never be a great filmmaker – his staging is obvious in that Kevin Smith way (a lot of two-shots of characters talking) and there’s no real visual life on display. But he’s wonderful with actors, and he has a great ear for dialogue, writing realistic lines that can flip in a moment’s notice to something truly comic or poignant.

 
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