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 4.0
Friday, 30 July 2004 ,  Written by Bill Warren
Jonathan Demme’s last film, “The Truth About Charlie,” was a remake of a 1960s classic, “Charade.” His new movie is also a remake of the 1960s classic of the same title—but this time Demme really scores. His new “The Manchurian Candidate” may not be as tense, surprising and witty as the original, but it’s very good all the way around, a remake to put alongside the original as a matching thriller based on paranoia. The original film was the best movie ever directed by John Frankenheimer, who worked from a script by George Axelrod, adapting the novel by Richard Condon (“Prizzi’s Honor”). In it, the disturbing “Red Scare” of the 1950s was used as fodder for a dark, suspenseful satire of the right AND the left. The biggest problem facing Demme and his screenwriters Daniel Pyne and Dean Georgaris was to ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.5
Friday, 23 July 2004 ,  Written by Bill Warren
This sequel to “The Bourne Identity” pulls off the rarest of tricks for a sequel: it’s better than the original, and that was quite good itself. As directed by Paul Greengrass, “Supremacy” (the title’s meaning is never explained) is more realistically filmed than “Identity,” which had a sleeker, more machine-tooled look, which contrasted with the fragmentary handling of some of the action scenes. Here, the action scenes were shot with multiple cameras, often hand-held, and though the result seems MTV herky-jerky at first glance, you soon realize that the editing is precise and clear; we may see a lot of angles of a car chase or a fist fight, but they’re almost always the right angles. Greengrass does not lose his story or characters in the stylization of the action. Granted, the story here is a little muddled and not as ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
Thursday, 22 July 2004 ,  Written by Abbie Bernstein
Home at the End of the World, A
Based on a novel by Michael Cunningham (who adapted the screenplay), “A Home at the End of the World” is an enormously affecting film about an unconventional relationship between three people who are trying to balance sincere love with a sneaky desire for some sort of formal definition that eludes them. “Home” begins in 1967, introducing us to Bobby as a child (Andrew Chalmers), who has a relationship of unconditional love with his incredibly cool big brother (Ryan Donowho). A tragic accident robs Bobby of his brother (and, we learn, his mother soon after), but it cannot destroy his good spirit. Seven years later, Bobby (played as a teen by Erik Smith) befriends shy schoolmate Jonathan (Harris Allan). As Bobby’s father drifts further into being unable to cope, Bobby spends more and more time at Jonathan’s house, bonding with his warm ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
Friday, 16 July 2004 ,  Written by Bill Warren
This is not, repeat not, based on Isaac Asimov’s collection of short stories of the same title. The movie does use his famous “Three Laws of Robotics” and generally treats them with respect; a couple of characters come from Asimov, too, notably Dr. Susan Calvin, here played somewhat stiffly by Bridget Moynahan. Asimov fans needn’t fear that his ideas have been trashed. And the movie itself is reasonably entertaining and spectacularly well produced. The script was originally titled “Hardwired” and had nothing to do with Asimov. When Alex Proyas, a long-time science fiction reader, was hired to direct, he had rewrites done that incorporated Asimov’s ideas. The story is credited to Jeff Vintar (who wrote “Hardwired”); he also cowrote “Final Fantasy” and is adapting Asimov’s “Foundation” books to the screen. The co-writer of the final script is Akiva Goldsman, who’s had ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
Friday, 09 July 2004 ,  Written by Bill Warren
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The time, we’re told, is the 1970s, “a time before cable, when the local anchorman reigned supreme.” The place is San Diego, and the anchorman reigning supreme is Channel 4’s Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). He’s a nice enough guy if a little dense—he’ll read whatever is on the teleprompter without thinking about it—and he’s a supreme egotist and womanizer. He also smokes like a chimney and downs tumblers of Scotch, sometimes just before he goes on the air. His on-the-street reporter is Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), a Burgundy-in-waiting. The sports reporter is crude, cheerful jock Champ Kind (David Koechner); the weatherman is agreeable dimwit Brick Tamland (Steven Carrell). Together they make a formidable team, the cornerstone of Channel 4’s prize-winning, timeslot-dominating 6:00 news. They’re riding high, living large, partying hearty and swimming in the vast pools of their own egos. But ...
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