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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Minus the multiplex

Festival brings smart and quirky films to soften another shoot-’em-up summer

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Summer is approaching, and Royal Oak will be hopping with people and screaming with motorcycles. What better respite from the insanity than to take a stroll into a quiet movie theater at the stroke of midnight for some classic fare. You’ll leave feeling better than if you were leaving...

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Life of Brian

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The fact that author Anthony Burgess once said that this was the most accurate depiction of Jewish life under the Romans shouldn’t obscure the fact that it’s arguably funniest depiction of anyone’s life under the Romans, not to mention an exceedingly silly film for the ages. The story of a contemporary of Jesus and an accidental messiah is told as only the Monty Python crew could. Still blasphemous for its 25th anniversary re-release.

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Shrek 2

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

When you don’t find some of the gags here funny – say, the destruction of a Starbucks – wait about 30 seconds for another to come along. But this sequel is more than the sum of its punch lines. It’s a gentle satire on our celebrity-worshipping society that uses the powers of computer animation to tell us that "beauty is only skin deep" – and that love tested can prevail.

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The Agronomist

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The life and apparent assassination of Jean Dominique, like the history of his native Haiti, is a twisting and complicated tale. As told by director Jonathan Demme, activist and radio broadcaster Dominigue’s life encompasses revolution and exile, art and destruction, governments and riots, love that lasts a lifetime – not to mentioned the intertwined histories of the United States and the Caribbean country of noble dreams and dictators.

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Taking hip hop to task

The film Hip Hop Immortals asks all the right questions

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The graffiti and b-boy used to be you. The music motivates you but the cash corrupts you. The chicks seduce you. The kids look up to you. The cars and jewelry make them envy you. The tats and clothes define you. Hollywood and corporate sponsorship have sucked you in....

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Sad is sweet

Art flick with Rossellini offers glimpse of cinematic perfection

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

It's a comedy, it's a drama, it's a joke, it’s a fever dream, it's very serious, and it features Isabella Rossellini playing a legless beer baroness. Set in the Depression, it’s the story of a contest to find the saddest of all songs. And with a screenplay by novelist Kazuo Ishiguro it’s Canadian director Guy Maddin’s most cohesive film to date.

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Super Size Me

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Despite a central thesis that blames the corporate victimizer and absolves the consumer victim, this documentary about a man on an all-McDonald’s diet was recommended with gusto by a reviewer of certain libertarian leanings. Director Morgan Spurlock (who plays his own human guinea pig) took a "Directors Award" at Sundance Film Festival for this.

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I’m Not Scared

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

In this story of a pivotal summer in the life of a 10-year-old Italian boy, innocence is lost with the discovery of a naked, bleeding boy stuck in a hole. Which leads to further dark discoveries in a tiny village. A beautiful, poetic film by Italian director Gabriele Salvatores.

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Secret Things (Choses Secrètes)

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Fired (to put it mildly) from the club where they worked, a stripper and a bartender end up bound together against men as they dive into the world of sexual dares. Sort of a distaff answer to In the Company of Men with echoes of Mulholland Drive, Eyes Wide Shut and Secretary to boot. Unfortunately, writer-director Jean-Claude Brisseau stoops to contrivance toward the end.

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Troy

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The story has it all. Adultery. Politics. Epic battles. Ponderous monologues. CGI. Homer. Das Boot director Wolfgang Petersen. Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Peter O’Toole. And much more in 163 minutes.

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