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Eminem Delivers the Goods in the Surprising "8 Mile": Also, "Femme Fatale," "The Santa Clause 2," and "Tadpole" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 November 2002 18:00

Eminem in 8 Mile8 MILE

8 Mile is the most artistically successful crowd-pleaser the movies have given us in ages, a hip-hop Rocky that, incredibly, refuses to pander.

 
"Jackass" a Completely Winning Gross-Out: "Jackass the Movie," "Auto Focus," "Ghost Ship," "Formula 51," and "Moonlight Mile" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 November 2002 18:00

Before our cineplexes, and this column, become completely inundated with family-oriented holiday fare such as Treasure Planet, the latest Harry Potter, and The Santa Clause 2 (which is already in release ... how is it that holiday movies, like Christmas decorations at the mall, now routinely arrive the day after Halloween?), let’s take a brief look at some of autumn’s more adult works, a couple of which – unsurprisingly – have already left a theatre near you.

 
"Punch-Drunk Love" Is a Sandler Movie for Nobody: Also, "Tuck Everlasting," "Full Frontal," and "Igby Goes Down" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:00

Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk LovePUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

Punch-Drunk Love is exactly what its writer-director, Paul Thomas Anderson, claims it to be – “an art-house Adam Sandler movie” – yet I can’t be alone in thinking: What’s the point of that? Is Anderson merely trying to show up the hacks who’ve directed Sandler in other films? (Again: What’s the point?) All throughout, the movie is beautifully filmed, exquisitely composed, and filled with Anderson’s uncanny knack for stretching a scene out longer than it should humanly run and making you hang on every delirious second of it.

 
More Trick Than Treat: "The Ring" and "Abandon" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 22 October 2002 18:00

David Dorfman and Naomi Watts in The RingTHE RING

Since she previously gave one of my all-time favorite film performances in Mulholland Dr., one of my all-time favorite films, it’s going to take a lot more than a cheesy little scare flick for me to write off Naomi Watts. But it must be said that in The Ring – a horror movie by Gore Verbinski, with a script by Arlington Road’s Ehren Kruger – Ms. Watts comes off as a very poor actress indeed.

 
Playing with a Different Set of "Rules": "The Rules of Attraction," "White Oleander," and "Knockaround Guys" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 15 October 2002 18:00

Ian Somerhalder in The Rules of AttractionTHE RULES OF ATTRACTION

Roger Avary’s The Rules of Attraction, based on yet another Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) novel about soulless, loathsome yuppie scumbags of the ’80s, is vile, venal, and sometimes shockingly distasteful. I loved it.

 
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