October 14, 2003

A cautionary tale, written by a fifteen year-old kid. Amazing though dark and desperate. No one “likes” a film like this, but parents, if you are in a listening mode, listen. A “nice” girl goes bad when she hits middle school and mom doesn’t have a clue about the kinds of questions she might ask and her kids don’t come first. She (Holly Hunter) is not a bad person, just so clueless and without personal resources. She kind of floats… Read more

October 14, 2003

Dark and despairing story about three friends in a Boston working class neighborhood. Their lives are changed forever when one of the boys is kidnapped while they are playing in the street. Thirty years later, the 19-year-old daughter of the Sean Penn character is murdered. The kidnapped boy, now married and barely able to work (Tim Robbins), and the other friend (Kevin Bacon, a state trooper detective), are thrown back together with devastating results. Not a lot of hope, though… Read more

October 14, 2003

I loved it. I mean them.I went out and bought the book right after seeing the movie and though the film and book are not the same, almost all the plot points in the film are in the book. The author, Frances Mayes, calls the film just another “interpretation” of her book. If you’ve ever dreamed of living in Italy, getting in touch with the land, experiencing life as raw, new and old, read the book and see the movie…. Read more

October 14, 2003

Quenten Tarantino returns with a two hour sequence of female revenge. When The Bride slays or seriously damages 88 assassins, the audience laughed. Tarantino has made spouting blood and cuts (amputations) a cliche’. It’s all about the movie because there is no story. More linear than Pulp Fiction, I don’t get the fascination with choreographed slashing as a proposed art form. It is smart (self-referent to the martial arts and such films; includes animation) but I was bored. Some women I… Read more

October 13, 2003

George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones are fine but the film lacks the loony humor of O Brother Where Art Thou? and the ironic tragedy of Fargo. However, note that the film is not cynical – it’s a commentary on the contemporary cynicism about marriage. Ends satisfactorily. Kind of O’Henry-ish Read more

October 13, 2003

I loved School of Rock. Pro-kid, lots of heart. Amazing talent.It’s easy to see how some parents might get nervous at the way parental authority is questioned, but I think this and other points that might make adults nervous are the very reasons why parents need to see this film – after all, their kids are seeing the film, or talking with kids who have. This way, you can have respectful conversations with your kids about what’s important.    Read more




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