Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Deadly desperation

Robert Guédiguian’s tale of Marseilles, city on the brink of ruin.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

There are no moustache-twirling capitalists and saintly workers in Robert Guédiguian's tale of the seemingly peaceful French port city of Marseille, just people caught in a situation created by forces too large to be seen and doing the best they can — and the overall impact is perfectly devastating.

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Murder by Numbers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

With their hearts as hard as the walls of Columbine High School and their protective birthright of upper-class privilege, two poor little rich boys make the art of the perfect murder their extracurricular activity — with Sandra Bullock.

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Big Bad Love

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This isn't so much a story as a poetic portrait of a writer, pieced together with running metaphors, cheap beer, haunting memories, a broken marriage and a sound track of Mississippi hard blues that works like a train pumping the poetry along its way — with Debra Winger and Arliss Howard.

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The Way We Laughed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Italian director Gianni Amelio's film is in the long tradition of stories about bumpkins who come to the big city and are corrupted or irrevocably changed by the experience. Amelio does a good job of depicting the often-baffling persistence of family ties.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Raised on loyalty, tradition, moussaka and guilt, Toula Portokalos is Greek, and never allowed to forget it for a second. Directed by veteran sitcom director Joel Zwick, her story is that rare animal known as "a perfect family film," because it's about family and ethnic tradition.

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The Scorpion King

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Though this film’s fundamental tragic flaw is its script, the sets and most of the actors on them are "B" quality and director Chuck Russell never fires The Rock into the steely blood lust required to spark life into this kind of hero.

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A Century of Noir: Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

More leftover pulp again, Ma? If you're looking for the definitive collection of pulp/noir fiction, A Century of Noir, edited by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane, isn't it. Collins states in the introduction that three of the masters of this hard-boiled genre — Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Cornell...

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Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Ahoy, ye dirty doggs! Relinquish yer booty or we shall cleave your accursed heads and feed them to the sea! How we love to remember that grand, golden age of plunder, pillage and romance, when reckless rogues scourged the deep blue in search of ill-gotten goods and profit with...

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The Melancholy of Anatomy: Stories

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

It takes a certain intuitive strength and skill to pull a reader into the realm of the unreal and hold her there. With just one hypertext novel (Patchwork Girl) under her belt, young writer Shelley Jackson has constructed The Melancholy of Anatomy: Stories with a level of seductive engagement...

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Chrome Flies

Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

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