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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