July 31, 2002

Austin Powers in Goldmember

austin3More of the same, but cruder. Opening sequence is hilarious, Beyonce Knowles is a delight, but Myers stretches himself too thin. This movie suffers from Lethal Weapon-itis, where every character from the previous film(s) returns for the sequels, until no one gets any screen time. The International Man of Mystery is practically a supporting player. (AMC Burlington)

July 22, 2002

The Killers

killersGreat film noir. (Brattle Theater)

The "Clean Slate" List

In the age of hyper-marketing, it seems like you cannot avoid awareness of upcoming films. It has become all to easy for a movie buff to learn too much about a movie they haven't seen yet. Wouldn't it be nice to go into a theater with zero expectations, no foreknowledge, and be totally surprised by a movie? It doesn't happen very often. I went through my ticket stubs scrapbook and made a Clean Slate List:
  • The Godfather, Part III • At age 19 I vaguely aware of what The Godfather was, but I had not seen either part 1 or part 2 yet. I only saw Part III because all my friends were going. I haven't seen it all the way through since, but I think Part III is better if you don't know how good parts 1 and 2 were.
  • The Last Seduction • This movie is the reason I made this list. I had read about a different thriller with a similar name, and got the titles mixed up. I figured out pretty quickly that I was in the wrong theater. I appreciated the unflinching noir tone of the film, and I enjoyed a movie with a irredeemable female protagonist.
  • Vanya on 42nd Street • I was expecting something totally different. I was not expecting a bunch of very talented actors sitting in a circle reading the script.
  • Sullivan's Travels • The second half of a double feature with It Happened One Night, I left halfway through. I don't appreciate "wrongly imprisoned" films.
  • The Killers • All I knew about this was the blurb in the Brattle Theater schedule. That was enough to lure me to the screening.
  • The Barefoot Contessa • I was in a movie-going mood, and the Brattle Theater's blurb sounded interesting. Too bad I almost fell asleep!
  • The Station Agent • All I knew about this was that there was a little person in the movie, and Patricia Clarkson too. What else did I need to know?
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg • All I knew going in was "It's a French movie, and there's no dialog. It's all-singing".

July 21, 2002

Reign of Fire

reignThis is a typical Christian Bale role, but it's odd to remember Matthew McConaughey actually took dramatic parts in action movies before reverting to romantic comedies exclusively.

Movie Preview Voice Guy: In A World. Where Dragons Rule The Earth. Where Mankind Lives In Fear. One Man Will Act Really Intense. Another Man Will Really Overact. They Crossed The Line. They Broke All the Rules. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

July 15, 2002

The Bourne Identity

bourneLots of potential, but doesn't quite follow through. I hated that puke-brown sweater Bourne borrows from the fishermen: it's ugly, but has a very European feel, so maybe it's a good choice? I didn't see Supremacy (2004) until I rented the DVD in the spring of 2006. In anticipation of seeing Ultimatum in the theater, I rented both Bourne 1 and 2 via Amazon Unbox on my TiVo. We watched Bourne 1 on Monday, Bourne 2 on Tuesday, and Bourne 3 on Friday. What a week of ass-kicking!

The two sequels are both superior to this movie, but strangely, Identity is better in context with the sequels, maybe because the potential investment here pays off in the sequels. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

July 3, 2002

Men In Black II

men2The worst movie of 2002, or maybe it seems bad because the original was so, erm, original! All the goodwill and potential of the original was squandered here. The premise has a million possibilities, but they chose to remake the original, but with no new jokes. The reshot ending feels tacked-on. The worst type of cash-in sequel. I have seen this movie on TV only because it co-stars Rosario Dawson and Lara Flynn Boyle, who are both smoking hot. (Showcase Cinemas Revere)

July 1, 2002

082 Happy Feet

This all-dance mix isn't bad, but maybe it feels forced, like I was trying too hard? Or maybe the whole endeavor is cursed because the packaging I created is so lame, AND features boring photos of a unhappily married couple with no connection to dancing?
  1. Moby "Body Rock"
  2. Sheryl Crow "Soak Up The Sun"
  3. Lucas "Lucas with The Lid Off"
  4. "Start The Commotion"
  5. Bjork "Army Of Me"
  6. Prince "Little Red Corvette"
  7. "Itty Bitty Pretty One"
  8. The Art of Noise feat/Tom Jones "Kiss"
  9. Fatboy Slim "Weapon of Choice"
  10. Deee-Lite "Groove Is In The Heart"
  11. General Public "Tenderness"
  12. The Foundations "Baby, Now That I've Found You"
  13. James Brown "Payback"
  14. En Vogue "Never Gonna Get It"
  15. Stevie Wonder "Boogie On Reggae Woman"
  16. Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity"
  17. Nikka Costa "Like A Feather"
  18. The B-52's "Roam" [remix]
  19. Robbie Williams "Rock DJ"