Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Beyond good and evil

Philip Kaufman conjures up the last days of the divine Marquis.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Set within the milieu of the French Revolution, the Marquis de Sade’s erotically sinister fairy tale of agonizing pleasures and a reversal of fortune comes to its lurid climax short-circuiting sex, violence and politics in an ejaculation of gore — with Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.

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What Women Want

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

What women want, in director Nancy Meyers’ opinion, is a little respect. It’s a ballsy move for pretty-boy action hero Mel Gibson to tackle a role where he’s not just parodying a sensitive man but actually becomes a vulnerable one. Gibson delivers — with Helen Hunt and Alan Alda.

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State and Main

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

As director David Mamet (House of Games, The Winslow Boy) deftly shows in his new film about filmmaking, it takes just as much effort and commitment to make a bad movie as it does to make a good one — with Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation (2000)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Hey kids, it's time for Spike & Mike's annual antidote to all that wretched holiday niceness and bogus good cheer. As usual, only about a third of the entries really qualify as both sick and twisted, but they're doozies. Enjoy (you sick bastards).

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Dude, Where’s My Car?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This stoner mystery recycles tried and occasionally true gags packaged for today’s teenage audience. But some things are funny no matter how many times you see them. And at the heart of this film is the timeless struggle between stoners, jocks and nerds, something we can all relate to.

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The Emperor’s New Groove

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

A cavalcade of cartoon characters — mutated from American pop culture, inexplicably, as Mayans — plays out a failed version of Disney’s routine tale of adventurous, comic redemption in the studio’s latest animated feature: with no groove, no soul at all.

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Think differently

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Behold, this is Sega’s glory stance: Rocketed by rival Sony’s inability to manufacture PS2 units in time for holiday shopping warfare, the Dreamcast is finally given due recognition as an overflowing powerhouse of gaming majesty. For only $149 and 50 coins per game, why not scream “Sega?” Here are...

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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

While the kindergarten set snickers at the jokes, the butt of which are ... well, butts, Mommy and Daddy might find a social satire under the "ripey diapies." The Rugrats could be called the baby-in-laws of TV's "The Simpsons" fostered by the same producer, Gabor Csupo.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Be like John

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Guitar instructional videos are strange beasts. At each and every corporate music equipment store — at this very moment — there is undoubtedly one such video playing endlessly on a TV screen. This is the land of the guitar muso: People who talk about half-stacks and whammy bends with...

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Aimée & Jaguar

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This story of a passionate love affair begun by two women in Berlin during the final years of World War II strives to shatter stereotypes of Germans goose-stepping to Hitler’s agenda. The performances are uniformly fine, but the revelation is Maria Schrader.

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