Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Fear of a senile planet

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

In American media, there isn’t much space given to getting old. So it’s from both an intriguing and refreshingly unique perspective that David Greenberger has made his explorations of the subject an art form. In 1979, he began interviewing residents of a Boston nursing home where he was an...

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Unidentified flying chunks

Lawrence Kasdan reaches for the Big Thrill and brings up nada.

Posted By and on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Geezer: no stars / Weezer: H

Director Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill) should do better than heave his undigested lunch on-screen. Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, this sci-fi horror tale is so heavily cluttered with second-hand material that it just sinks.

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All the Real Girls

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Like the straightforward words of its characters, David Gordon Green’s quiet, slow meditation on the age-old question of love and its miseries is simple and honest about its emotions. It commits itself to telling the truth and crafting a tiny world where people say what they mean.

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Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Having kept silent for almost 60 years after having been a witness to Hitler's final hours, Hitler's former secretary breaks her silence on film. Every sentence out of Traudl Junge's mouth carries a great tragic weight.

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L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Yale Strom's documentary tribute to the Jews who converted the swamps and forests of the Jewish Autonomous Region of the Soviet Union — 14,000 square miles on the Siberian border — into a settlement is a tale of initial optimism, long suffering and eventual escape.

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Bend It Like Beckham

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The second-generation daughter of Indian immigrants in England wants to be able to play soccer like British superstar David Beckham in this well-oiled and hollow concoction. Its one genuine aspect is its undeniable exuberance, manifested in its eagerness to be inoffensive, likable entertainment.

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Oscars aftermath<

Posted on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Metro Times’ film crew would like to remember the independent movie theaters of metro Detroit, whose premiers or extended engagements of Oscar-nominated and awarded films allow local audiences to enjoy world-class cinema as a vital, relevant art form. From the 75th Academy Awards (2003):   Detroit Film Theatre Y Tu...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Mustard Plug

Posted on Wed, Mar 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Mustard Plug is a pop/punk/ska band from Michigan that has gone beyond being a big local draw....

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Nibble, nibble

Crispin Glover brings back the creepy chills of Willard (not).

Posted By and on Wed, Mar 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Geezer: H / Weezer: HH

Underneath it all, Glen Morgan’s directorial debut is really a remake of Psycho. Even though Crispin Glover manages to pull off the creepiness of Willard, the ending is hollow, totally lackluster and unsatisfactory.

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Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Benoît Jacquot's cinematic version of Puccini's opera is by turns subtle and ostentatious. Rather than disguising its stage origins, he emphasizes its artificiality, thus putting the focus on the music, both vocal and instrumental — with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.

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