2004 log (8)

(2 Aug) Premier Juillet, le film (2004, Philippe Gagnon) [ review ] 47

(2 Aug) Kill Bill Double Bill! (2004, Quentin Tarantino) 95
Vol. 1 [ review ]
Vol. 2 [ review ]
[ This was a great idea on Cinéma du Parc‘s part, too bad they didn’t chop off the closing credits of “Vol. 1” and the opening titles of “Vol. 2” to create a truly uninterrupted “Kill Bill” experience. ]

(3 Aug) Rushmore (1998, Wes Anderson) [ review ] 71

(4 Aug) RRRrrrr!!! (2004, Alain Chabat) 9
[ At the Dawn of Man, the Clean-haired and the Dirty-haired tribes are waging a war over the recipe for shampoo. Meanwhile, the Clean-haired must investigate the first ever crime spree. This is the debut feature of the Robin des Bois, who are kind of the French Monty Python, except that they’re painfully unfunny. “RRRrrrr!!!” is an endless 95 minutes of bad puns, flat slapstick and stupid nonsense, with not a single laugh in the lot. This is worse than a Flinstones rerun, worse than the Flinstones movie, even worse than the Flinstones movie sequel! ]

(6 Aug) The Village (2004, M. Night Shyamalan) [ review version 2.0 ] 85

(6 Aug) Collateral (2004, Michael Mann) [ review ] 66

(7 Aug) Election (1998, Alexander Payne) [ review ] 91
[ Trivia note: Payne uses the same Morricone track as sort of a Tracy Flick theme that Tarantino used for the Bride/Elle fight in “Kill Bill” Vol. 2. ]

(8 Aug) Predator (1987, John McTiernan) [ review ] 92

(11 Aug) The Set-Up (1949, Robert Wise) 65
[ “Don’t you see, you’ll always be one punch away.” Washed out boxer Stoker’s manager is paid off to have him take a dive but doesn’t tell him, figuring he’ll lose anyway like he always does. Or will he? The film takes place in real-time, counting down the minutes as Stoker watches the other palookas on the evening’s program waltz in and out of the locker room with their dreams and disillusions, then we go right into the ring with him for the fight. Crisp B&W cinematography and crisper dialogue make for a minor yet effective entry in the film noir genre. ]

(12 Aug) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004, Sara Sugarman) 17
[ This won’t come as a surprise: I enjoy me some Lindsay Lohan. Still, I know suck when I see it. Lindsay’s nice to look at and she’s got a pretty good singing voice, but the shrill Disneyfied high school girliness, unfunny slapstick and lame visual gimmicks make this the most misguided teen comedy since “Get Over It”. Just watch Lohan’s That Girl music video on a loop and you’ll be fine. ]

(13 Aug) Alien Vs. Predator (2004, Paul W.S. Anderson) [ review ] 22

(14 Aug) 13 Going on 30 (2004, Gary Winnick) 64
[ A dorky 13 year old girl magically flash-forwards from 1987 to 2004, when’s she’s grown into a “thirty, flirty and thriving” 30 year old fashion magazine editor who looks like Jennifer Garner! This is an obvious “Big” knock-off, but Garner’s winning persona, her sweet romance with Mark Ruffalo and the ‘80s pop soundtrack make this a fun little movie anyway. ]

(15 Aug) Roxanne (1987, Fred Schepisi) 70
[ Whenever you’re tempted to dismiss Steve Martin as a hopeless sell-out, you have to go back to the movies he’s written himself like this charming modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Martin plays a big-nosed fireman who falls in love with an astronomy student (Daryl Hannah) but winds up courting her through the dumb hunk she thinks she loves. “Roxanne” isn’t as funny as “Bowfinger” or as romantic as “L.A. Story”, but it’s still one of Martin’s best films. Fred Willard as the mayor is a nice touch, too. ]

(16 Aug) Alias 1.1-1.3 (2001) [ review ] 91

(17 Aug) Alias 1.4-1.11 (2001) [ review ] 85

(18 Aug) Elles étaient cinq (2004, Ghyslaine Côté) [ review ] 27

(18 Aug) Alias 1.12-1.13 (2002) [ review ] 90

(19 Aug) La Vida que te espera (2004, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón) 42
[ Part of our FFM coverage ]

(19 Aug) Alias 1.14-1.16 (2002) [ review ] 73

(20 Aug) Alias 1.17-1.19 (2002) [ review ] 84

(21 Aug) Alias 1.20-1.22 (2002) [ review ] 86

(22 Aug) Alias 2.1-2.2 (2002) [ review ] 71

(23 Aug) Je t’aime… moi non plus (2004, Maria de Medeiros) 63
[ Part of our FFM coverage ]

(23 Aug) Alias 2.3-2.6 (2002) [ review ] 76

(23 Aug) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry) [ review ] 94

(24 Aug) Trilogia – To livadi pou dakrizi (2004, Theo Angelopoulos) 55
[ Part of our FFM coverage ]

(24 Aug) Alias 2.7-2.8 (2002) [ review ] 77

(25 Aug) Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis) [ review ] 100

(27 Aug) Alias 2.9-2.14 (2003) [ review ] 79

(28 Aug) Alias 2.15-2.17 (2003) [ review ] 72

(29 Aug) Alias 2.18-2.21 (2003) [ review ] 85

(30 Aug) Vanity Fair (2004, Mira Nair) [ review ] 37

(30 Aug) Alias 2.22 (2003) [ review ] 91

(31 Aug) sex, lies, and videotape (1989, Steven Soderbergh) 64
(31 Aug) Gray’s Anatomy (1996, Steven Soderbergh) 80
[ Part of the Directors Series ]

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