May 24, 2002

Insomnia

Al Pacino, a wasted shell of a policeman, under investigation by Internal Affairs, heads north to hunt a killer (Robin Williams). Pacino's insomnia in the land of the midnight sun is a metaphor for his crumbling psyche as he accidentally shoots and kills his partner (Martin Donovan). The problem is, he has a motive for wanting his partner dead, so he must cover up the shooting because no one will believe it was an accident. When the killer learns about Pacino's past, suddenly the balance of power between then shifts.
One gaping plot hole- Pacino's character visits an Alaskan town so far north, the sun never sets in the summertime. So why don't the hotel rooms come with "blackout" curtains, like, for example, Las Vegas hotels? (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

May 18, 2002

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Bad dialog and stiff acting. It makes me sad to think Lucas has only one more chance to make a good prequel. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph: May 18, 2002 [celluloid] and May 23, 2002 [Digital Projection])

Also On Memorial Day, Through The Years

I have been to the movies on Memorial Day Monday 13 times in 24 years, but it's not a great track record. 

May 6, 2002

Spider-Man

spiderVery well done. Nothing wrong with this movie, but it did not engage me the way the Burton Batman movies did, for example. Part of the problem: I never believed I was seeing Tobey Maguire when he would fly through the air. It always looked like a stuntman, or a CGI effect. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)