November 24, 2001

Spy Game

spyWell scripted, but empty spy thriller. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph with my parents)

November 18, 2001

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone

harryA punishingly literal and faithful staging of the entire contents of the first Harry Potter novel. Dan talked me into seeing this movie with him and Beth, although I had not read the book. We then spent our post-movie dinner arguing over how boring I found the movie. (Showcase Cinemas Lawrence)

EPILOGUE: I recently watched the second half of this movie on TV, and I yearn to make a Personalized Cut of the movie which knocks out 10-20 minutes of unnecessary crap. For example, when Harry catches the Snitch in his first Quiddich game, it takes at least 30 seconds from the moment he catches the Snitch before the scene ends. If this scene were in one of the sequels, like Prisoner of Azkaban or Goblet of Fire, the scene would have been over a millisecond after Harry touched the Snitch. Or, even better, the scene would be gone completely!

November 11, 2001

Heist

heistToo dark and violent to be enjoyable, plus I have learned to loathe David Mamet screenplays. plus plus I hate Rebecca Pidgeon. Plus plus plus, the "bomb on the passenger jet" hoax turned the entire crowd off, two months after 9/11... (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

November 4, 2001

Monsters, Inc.

monstersMike: Sulley, you're not supposed to name it. Once you name it, you start getting attached to it. Now put that thing back where it came from or so help me...[Mike pauses, realizing that they suddenly have the attention of the entire scare floor]
Mike: Oh, hey. We're rehearsing a... a scene for the upcoming company play called uh, Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me. It's a musical! [singing] "Put that thing back where it came from or so help me... so help me, so help me..." and... cut. We're still working on it, it's a work in progress but, hey, we need ushers? (November 4th and December 1st, Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

November 3, 2001

K-Pax

kpaxSo-so. Kevin Spacey has gone downhill since the one-two punch of L.A. Confidential and The Usual Suspects. I'd like to think I would not have gone to see this below-average drama if Dan and Beth hadn't talked me into it...at Showcase Cinemas Lawrence.