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Tuesday, 30 July 2002 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: Dragonfly function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Studios Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Kevin Costner, Joe Morton, Ron Rifkin, Linda Hunt, Kathy Bates release year: 2002 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom The question of whether there is a life after death, let alone a heaven and a hell, has been one of the constant interests of mankind. The preoccupation with the afterlife and what shape it will take has spurred countless works of fiction and philosophy and film. “Dragonfly” takes on that discussion and invests a lot of passion into presenting the question, of enticing the viewer to think deeply about the subject, and presenting mysterious suspense and razor-edged anticipation. Part ghost story and part supernatural thriller, “Dragonfly” addresses that ages-old question and gives an answer of sorts in an explosion of fear and love and loss.
Tuesday, 16 July 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: John Q function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: New Line Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Kimberly Elise release year: 2002 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein There are times when you can be 100% behind a movie’s message and still shake your head at its methodology. “John Q” is one of those instances. The sentiments of director Nick Cassavetes and writer James Kearns could hardly be more laudable – they are outraged at the state of health care in the United States, and the overall situation they prevent is all too plausible. Furthermore, agitprop has a long and noble history in literature, drama and film. The trouble is, the way they put together a real-life problem and a fictional response comes off as increasingly unlikely.
Tuesday, 25 June 2002 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Gosford Park function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); > studio: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Kelly MacDonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Philippe, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Watson release year: 2001 film rating: Five stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren In terms of the material, it was somewhat unexpected for "Gosford Park" to turn out to be one of director Robert Altman's best movies. If not quite up there with, say, "MASH" or "Nashville," it's still an outstanding movie, and a surprisingly authentic window into another world. It doesn't quite work as an Agatha Christie-like whodunit, the jumping-off point for the original story by Altman and actor Bob Balaban (who also appears in the film), but as one of Altman's multi-character outings, it's excellent. The DVD features a making-of documentary, better than most, plus one on the authenticity of "Gosford Park," and a panel discussion with Altman ...
Tuesday, 04 June 2002 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: Blue Velvet (Special Edition) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: MGM Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Dean Stockwell release year: 1986 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom When “Blue Velvet” was released in 1986, the erotic crime thriller was in its early days. Brian De Palma had delivered “Dressed To Kill” and “Body Double,” and Lawrence Kasdan had written and directed “Body Heat.” However, the De Palma films and Kasdan’s movie pried at the rancid underbelly of metropolitan areas, as well as kinky suburbanites and people already touching the crime scene in a big way. “Red Shoe Diaries” and the adult film features on cable channels had yet to rise up in the mix. Our chance to peep into the sexual and deviant lives of characters was limited, giving David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” the timing to penetrate the film audience in a new way. “Blue Velvet” reaches into the ...
Tuesday, 28 May 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Steven King's Silver Bullet function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Paramount Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows release year: 1985 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Writer Stephen King gets his name slapped on an awful lot of product that sometimes bears little resemblance to his source material. However, the title inclusion of his name in "Stephen King’s Silver Bullet" is fair use, as King not only wrote the novelette "Cycle of the Werewolf," but also penned the screenplay. The movie is sort of endearing in its schlock mid-‘80s way, with a pretty uncongealed mixture of horror, coming-of-age drama and black comedy.
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