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"Sideways" an Experience to Be Savored: Also, "Being Julia" and "Finding Neverland" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 30 November 2004 18:00

Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church in SidewaysSIDEWAYS

Alexander Payne’s Sideways is so chockfull of good humor and emotional accuracy that you leave the theater overwhelmed and a bit giddy; it feels like a movie that you, alone, discovered, and want to share with friends immediately.

 
Under-the-Radar Offerings Don’t Offer Much: "After the Sunset," "Seed of Chucky," "The Corporation," "The Clearing," and "A Home at the End of the World" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:00

Before assessing the Hollywood output designed to fill us all with holiday cheer (Jerry Bruckheimer’s action extravaganza, Oliver Stone’s historical war epic, Tim Allen after a Botox injection ... y’know, that sort of thing), let’s take a brief look at a few titles flying a bit beneath the blockbuster radar.

 
Bluebox Filmmakers Take the Unorthodox Road to Education, Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:00
Famous filmmaking pairs usually work together on everything or have clearly defined roles. The Wachowski brothers – the forces behind The Matrix series – both write and direct. Joel and Ethan Coen – the hip duo that made Fargo and many other cult classics – write together but split their duties otherwise, with Joel directing and Ethan producing.

 
Bridget Jones Looks Desperate for a "Reason": "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "The Polar Express," and "Alfie" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 November 2004 18:00

Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonBRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON

I have a friend who does a bit based on a seminal Laverne & Shirley gag. In nearly every episode of that sitcom, one of the titular characters would say, “There’s no way this situation could get worse!” or “What’s that smell?” and Lenny and Squiggy would cluelessly burst through Laverne’s and Shirley’s door; if someone around us says something like “That’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen!” my friend will mime a door opening and exclaim, with perfect greaser-nerd cadence, “Hello!” That gag is pure sitcom-honed irony – that is, obvious irony – and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the follow-up to 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, is like a continuous loop of that Lenny and Squiggy routine.

 
This Fall, It’s All Good!: "Birth," "Ray," and "The Incredibles" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 November 2004 18:00

Danny Huston and Nicole Kidman in BirthBIRTH

It’s pretty easy to see why audiences hate Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, which features Nicole Kidman as Anna, a grieving widow who believes that the soul of her late husband, Sean, is alive in the body of a 10-year-old boy with the same name.

 
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