2002 January-April

(1 Jan) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson) [ review ] 93

(3 Jan) Almost Famous (2000, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 92

(7 Jan) Vanilla Sky (2001, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 93

(8 Jan) The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Wes Anderson) [ review ] 84

(11 Jan) Orange County (2002, Jake Kasdan) [ review ] 68

(14 Jan) Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann) [ review ] 98

(16 Jan) Vanilla Sky (2001, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 93

(18 Jan) Hannibal (2001, Ridley Scott) [ review ] 39

(21 Jan) Black Hawk Down (2001, Ridley Scott) [ review ] 36

(23 Jan) The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001, The Coen brothers) [ review ] 71

(26 Jan) Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann) [ review ] 98

(29 Jan) In the Bedroom (2001, Todd Field) [ review ] 70

(29 Jan) I Am Sam (2001, Jessie Nelson) [ review ] 56

(31 Jan) Rain Man (1988, Barry Levinson) 72
[ I’m not sure this qualifies as the “Best Picture” of any year, but I liked it quite a bit. Dustin Hoffman is great, of course, and Tom Cruise offers strong support in the less showy role. ]

(31 Jan) Blazing Saddles (1974, Mel Brooks) 87
[ I love the classic old Mel Brooks farces with Gene Wilder. Funny, funny stuff. “Where the white women at?” ]

(4 Feb) Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson) [ review ] 100

(5 Feb) Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) [ review ] 100

(8 Feb) Collateral Damage (2002, Andrew Davis) [ review ] 42

(8 Feb) Le Pacte des Loups (2001, Christopher Gans) [ review ] 90

(9 Feb) Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan) [ review ] 94

(11 Feb) Ocean’s 11 (2001, Steven Soderbergh) [ review ] 92

(13 Feb) Bandits (2001, Barry Levinson) 72
[ I’ve watched it a couple of times and liked it more every time. It’s a quiet, quirkily sweet little film that doesn’t reinvent anything but offers a pleasant two hours with some amusing characters amusingly played by Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett. ]

(14 Feb) Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann) [ review ] 98

(15 Feb) Crossroads (2002, Tamra Davis) [ review ] 10

(18 Feb) High Fidelity (2000, Stephen Frears) [ review ] 71

(19 Feb) Monster’s Ball (2001, Marc Forster) [ review ] 86

(24 Feb) Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone) [ review ] 92

(26 Feb) Le Collectionneur (2002, Jean Beaudin) 65
[ A French Canadian take on the serial killer movie, this by-the-numbers thrillers is most notable for another great turn by Luc Picard and the interesting addition of two kids at the side of police detective Maud Graham. ]

(28 Feb) Storytelling (2002, Todd Solondz) [ review ] 66

(4 Mar) Le Ring Intérieur (2002, Dan Bigras) [ review ] 70

(4 Mar) Total Recall (1990, Paul Verhoeven) [ review ] 90

(5 Mar) Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) [ review ] 100

(6 Mar) Say Anything (1989, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 97

(7 Mar) Shanghai Noon (2000, Tom Dey) [ review ] 45

(7 Mar) Swordfish (2001, Dominic Sena) [ review ] 52

(8 Mar) The 13th Warrior (1999, John McTiernan) 29
[ Muddy, dark, mostly dull story about Vikings, cannibals and crap. ]

(8 Mar) Daylight (1996, Rob Cohen) 26
[ Utterly retarded disaster movie, “Sly Stallone against a farking tunnel!” Not so much boring as it is infuriatingly dumb and preposterous. ]

(8 Mar) The World is not Enough (1999, Michael Apted) 30
[ Further proof that the James Bond franchise has run its course. Not a hint of invention, been there done that. ]

(8 Mar) Big Momma’s House (2000, Raja Gosnell) 14
[ There are bad movies and then there are bad Martin Lawrence movies… Martin Lawrence in drag, for chrissakes! Runteldat indeed. ]

(9 Mar) Starship Troopers (1997, Paul Verhoeven) [ review ] 93

(9 Mar) Say Anything (1989, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 97

(11 Mar) Porn Star: The legend of Ron Jeremy (2001, Scott Gill) [ review ] 74

(12 Mar) Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) [ review ] 100

(13 Mar) Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (2001, Kevin Smith) [ review ] 81

(18 Mar) Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) [ review ] 100

(19 Mar) Training Day (2001, Antoine Fuqua) [ review ] 47

(19 Mar) Showtime (2002, Tom Dey) [ review ] 63

(20 Mar) The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 95

(21 Mar) End of Days (1999, Peter Hyams) [ review ] 66

(21 Mar) Rush Hour 2 (2001, Brett Ratner) [ review ] 54

(22 Mar) Armageddon (1998, Michael Bay) [ review ] 65

(22 Mar) Remember the Titans (2000, Boaz Yakin) 58
[ This trite, obvious message movie shouldn’t work, but somehow it does. Still nothing to write home about, but amusing and even kinda touching. ]

(25 Mar) Blade II (2002, Guillermo Del Toro) [ review ] 44

(26 Mar) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Edition (1982, Steven Spielberg) [ review ] 97

(28 Mar) The Godfather part 2 (1974, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 86

(29 Mar) Death to Smoochy (2002, Danny DeVito) [ review ] 11

(29 Mar) Panic Room (2002, David Fincher) [ review ] 48

(1 Apr) The Godfather part III (1990, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 70

(4 Apr) The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson) [ review ] 93

(7 Apr) The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola) 47
[ Utterly gorgeous music (by French group Air), cinematography and actresses (Kirsten Dunst is a peach), but utterly empty and inconsequential. ]

(8 Apr) Caddyshack (1980, Harold Ramis) 35
[ That’s a comedy classic??? Bill Murray’s a hoot, and Rodney Dangerfield throws some choice zingers, but I never was a Chevy Chase fan and the film as a whole is uneven, messy and simply not that funny. ]

(8 Apr) Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, Alfonso Cuaron) [ review ] 91

(9 Apr) The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder) 90
[ Funny, charming and smart if old fashioned. Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine are adorable and I love that the ending is left open. ]

(11 Apr) Back to the Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis) [ review ] 95

(12 Apr) The Sweetest Thing (2002, Roger Kumble) [ review ] 19

(13 Apr) Back to the Future part II (1989, Robert Zemeckis) 69
[ I like some of the future stuff and the idea of returning to 1955 again and messing everything some more, but plot holes abound and having Michael J. Fox play half the characters is a bad call. ]

(14 Apr) Changing Lanes (2002, Roger Michell) [ review ] 40

(15 Apr) Back to the Future part III (1990, Robert Zemeckis) 86
[ Delightful pastiche of old Westerns, this reinvents nicely the dynamics of the original in a new setting, and the romance between Doc Brown and the schoolteacher is surprisingly touching. ]

(15 Apr) Bring it On (2000, Peyton Reed) 73
[ More fun than it has any right to be, this is more hip than corny and Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku are priceless. ]

(16 Apr) The Princess Bride (1987, Rob Reiner) 64
[ Clever, very clever. How’s that working out for you, being clever? I admire the wit, but like the Monty Python movies this is the kind of flick that makes you say “Oh, that’s funny.” instead of actually laughing. ]

(17 Apr) Happiness (1998, Todd Solondz) [ review ] 92

(19 Apr) The Scorpion King (2002, Chuck Russell) [ review ] 57

(21 Apr) Commando (1985, Mark. L. Lester) [ review ] 100

(22 Apr) Frailty (2002, Bill Paxton) [ review ] 34

(25 Apr) Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch) [ review ] 65

(26 Apr) The Matrix (1999, Andy & Laura Wachowski) [ review ] 91

THE LOG CONTINUES h e r e

2002 May-October

(2 May) Savage Messiah (2002, Mario Azzopardi) 48
[ Another powerful, terrifying performance by Luc Picard as a sadistic and perverted guru. Too bad the overall film is rather pedestrian. ]

(3 May) Spider-Man (2002, Sam Raimi) [ review ] 85

(5 May) The Devil’s Advocate (1997, Taylor Hackford) 51
[ I’d call this a guilty pleasure. It’s crass, cheesy, and wrong in so many ways, but it’s fun to watch and Al Pacino is deliciously over the top. ]

(6 May) Le Peuple Migrateur (2002, Jacques Perrin) [ review ] 90

(7 May) Moving (2002, Jonathan Friedman) [ review ] 52

(10 May) Unfaithful (2002, Adrian Lyne) [ review ] 40

(10 May) L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson) [ review ] 92

(11 May) Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch) [ review ] 93

(12 May) City Lights (1930, Charlie Chaplin) 65
[ Most of this “timeless classic” didn’t make much of an impression on me, but I have to say, the ending is absolutely marvelous. ]

(14 May) Tribute (2001, Kris Curry and Rich Fox) 80
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(16 May) Attack of the Clones (2002, George Lucas) [ review ] 61

(19 May) Which Way is Up? (1977, Michael Schultz) 10
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(21 May) The Salton Sea (2002, D.J. Caruso) [ review ] 54

(23 May) Dead in the Water (2001, Gustavo Lipsztein) 35
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(23 May) FUBAR (2002, Michael Dowse) [ review ] 86

(24 May) Insomnia (2002, Christopher Nolan) [ review ] 82

(27 May) Requiem for a Dream (2002, Darren Aronofsky) [ review ] 92

(27 May) Sparkle (1999, Jeff Beesley) 30
[ >Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(30 May) Lenny (1974, Bob Fosse) 82
[ Greatish biopic short on laughs but overflowing with style, sexiness and thought-provoking material. ]

(30 May) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, John Cameron Mitchell) [ review ] 91

(30 May) An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli) 61
[ The story is paper thin and the romance doesn’t work, but the song and dance numbers are pretty great. ]

(31 May) Undercover Brother (2002, Malcolm D. Lee) [ review ] 4

(31 May) The Sum of All Fears (2002, Phil Alden Robinson) [ review ] 90

(10 Jun) Irréversible (2002, Gaspar Noé) [ review ] 90

(10 Jun) Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléôpatre (2002, Alain Chabat) [ review ] 70

(14 Jun) In the Shadows (2001, Ric Roman Waugh) 65
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(14 Jun) Windtalkers (2002, John Woo) [ review ] 38

(17 Jun) Vanilla Sky (2001, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 93

(18 Jun) The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin) 42
[ I’d never actually watched it, and I guess it’s been too ripped off, referenced, spoofed and talked about for me to experience it as it was meant to be. Sure, I found it gross but other than that? Blah. ]

(19 Jun) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997, Jay Roach) [ review ] 93

(20 Jun) Singin’ in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen) [ review ] 100

(21 Jun) Minority Report (2002, Steven Spielberg) [ review ] 93

(25 Jun) Outta Time (2002, Lorena David) 40
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(25 Jun) The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002, Peter Care) [ review ] 76

(28 Jun) Mr. Deeds (2002, Steven Brill) [ review ] 41

(29 Jun) American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes) [ review ] 93

(4 Jul) Change of Habit (1969, William A. Graham) [ review ] 65

(4 Jul) Minority Report (2002, Steven Spielberg) [ review ] 93

(8 Jul) Being John Malkhovich (1999, Spike Jonze) [ review ] 93

(9 Jul) K-9: P.I. (2002, Richard J. Lewis) [ review ] 40

(9 Jul) Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann) [ review ] 98

(12 Jul) Road to Perdition (2002, Sam Mendes) [ review ] 49

(12 Jul) Reign of Fire (2002, Rob Bowman) [ review ] 39

(13 Jul) Dragonfly (2002, Tom Shadyac) [ review ] 6

(17 Jul) Eight Legged Freaks (2002, Ellory Elkayem) [ review ] 23

(22 Jul) Goldmember (2002, Jay Roach) [ review ] 85

(26 Jul) Goldmember (2002, Jay Roach) [ review ] 85

(26 Jul) UHF (1989, Jay Levey) [ review ] 86

(27 Jul) The Desert Rats (1953, Robert Wise) 55
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(1 Aug) Unbreakable (2000, M. Night Shyamalan) [ review ] 92

(2 Aug) Signs (2002, M. Night Shyamalan) [ review ] 94

(3 Aug) Full Frontal (2002, Steven Soderbergh) [ review ] 28

(5 Aug) Cat People (1982, Paul Schrader) [ review ] 32

(6 Aug) The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson) [ review ] 93

(9 Aug) xXx (2002, Rob Cohen) [ review ] 34

(10 Aug) Strictly Sinatra (2001, Peter Capaldi) [ review ] 53

(10 Aug) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, Robert Mulligan) 96
[ One of the greats, it conveys an essential message with grace and intelligence. Gregory Peck is the father everyone wishes he had. ]

(11 Aug) Spider-Man (2002, Sam Raimi) [ review ] 85

(14 Aug) Blue Crush (2002, John Stockwell) [ review ] 23

(20 Aug) Fun and Fancy Free (1947, Jack Kinney) 22
[ Disney Masterpiece my ass, this is a botched, dated mess. “Mickey and the Beanstalk” is kinda fun, but the “Bongo” story is plain retarded. Great way to show kids how to express love through spousal abuse! ]

(20 Aug) The Lord of the Rings (1978, Ralph Bakshi) 38
[ At first, I found it not as bad as it’s been accused of being. It’s stylish enough, and the material is so strong that some of the missteps are forgivable. But about halfway through it loses all focus and starts skimming through events almost randomly and then it just stops two thirds into the story! I’ll stick to Peter Jackson’s films etc. ]

(23 Aug) Serving Sara (2002, Reginald Hudlin) [ review ] 35

(23 Aug) The Good Girl (2002, Miguel Arteta) [ review ] 40

(24 Aug) Heaven (2002, Tom Tykwer) [ review ] 90

(28 Aug) The Scorpion King (2002, Chuck Russell) [ review ] 57

(29 Aug) Big Fat Liar (2002, Shawn Levy) [ review ] 36

(29 Aug) The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, Anthony Minghella) [ review ] 92

(30 Aug) Igby Goes Down (2002, Burr Steers) [ review ] 72

(1 Sept) Minority Report (2002, Steven Spielberg) [ review ] 93

(2 Sept) Jurassic Park III (2001, Joe Johnston) 15
[ Easily one of the worst Hollywood blockbusters I’ve ever seen, the production values (outside of the not even that awe-inspiring anymore dinos) are on a TV level, the acting is obnoxiously bad and the set pieces are more ridiculous than exciting. ]

(2 Sept) America’s Sweethearts (2001, Joe Roth) 26
[ 2 minutes’ worth of biting satire drowned into an ill-conceived, wildly uninvolving romantic comedy. John Cusack and Julia Roberts are on auto-pilot, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and especially Hank Azaria and his pseudo-Spanish accent are insufferable.]

(3 Sept) 8 Femmes (2002, François Ozon) [ review ] 86

(3 Sept) Chasing Amy (1997, Kevin Smith) [ review ] 87

(6 Sept) Le Pacte des Loups (2001, Christophe Gans) [ review ] 90

(6 Sept) Monsoon Wedding (2002, Mira Nair) [ review ] 86

(7 Sept) Blade II (2002, Guillermo Del Toro) [ review ] 44

(8 Sept) Van Wilder (2002, Walt Becker) 8
[ The absolute bottom of the barrel of misogynist, juvenile and disgusting comedies. Ryan Reynolds is pretty cool, but even Miles farking Davis wouldn’t be cool enough to salvage this pile of dog semen. ]

(9 Sept) Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson) [ review ] 100

(13 Sept) Stealing Harvard (2002, Bruce McCullough) [ review ] 37

(13 Sept) One Hour Photo (2002, Mark Romanek) [ review ] 80

(15 Sept) The Count of Monte Cristo (2002, Kevin Reynolds) 36
[ This adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas revenge drama is nicely set up, effectively showing Jim Caviezel’s Edmond going through extreme pain and despair. But then the film rushes through his retribution to his enemies and ties everything up into a happy little Hollywood resolution. Too bad. ]

(15 Sept) Game of Death (1978, Sammo Hung) 44
[ Cheapie, let’s-pretend-Bruce-Lee-didn’t-die-halfway-into-the-shoot kung fu revenge flick. Watch for countless shots of Lee’s unconvincing double seen from the back, in shadows or in disguise. Still, the climactic succession of fights of the genuine Bruce Lee in an iconic yellow with black stripes jumpsuit (which Uma Thurman will reprise in next year’s “Kill Bill”!) is pretty damn cool, especially when Lee faces 7 foot tall Kareem Abdul Jabbar! ]

(16 Sept) Everyone Says I Love You (1996, Woody Allen) 62
[ An homage to 1950s MGM musicals, but with actors who can’t sing and can’t dance! Instead, we’re rewarded with a sprinkle of Woody Allen’s trademark neurotic wit, and the film has a certain old fashioned charm. ]

(16 Sept) The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, Steven Spielberg) 60
[ Part of the Directors Series ]

(17 Sept) Signs (2002, M. Night Shyamalan) [ review ] 94

(19 Sept) King Kong (1933, Ernest B. Shoedsack & Merian C. Cooper) 65
[ Foolish white film crew invades primitive black tribe’s island to shoot legendary giant monkey, but serves as dinosaur lunch instead. Meanwhile, Kong gets hot for Fay Wray (who can blame him?) and chases her all the way to New York, and to the beast’s doom. Kick ass, brutal stop-motion action more or less makes up for deadly dull human drama, but I still wouldn’t call this a masterpiece. ]

(20 Sept) Network (1976, Sidney Lumet) 63
[ Peter Finch’s posthumously Oscar-winning turn as a news anchorman turned mad prophet is riveting and the satire of the television world is incisive, but the film is loose, all over the place and uneven. Could have used a good rewrite. ]

(22 Sept) Jackie Brown (1997, Quentin Tarantino) [ review ] 94

(23 Sept) True Romance (1993, Tony Scott) [ review ] 92

(23 Sept) Manhunter (1986, Michael Mann) 26
[ What a stinker! Michael Mann directs this first adaptation of “Red Dragon” like a really bad TV movie devoid of any tension or depth, and Brian Cox’s take on Hannibal Lecter is limp and forgettable at best. ]

(27 Sept) The Tuxedo (2002, Kevin Donovan) [ review ] 17

(28 Sept) Original Sin (2001, Michael Cristofer) 47
[ Gorgeous Cuba, gorgeous Angelina Jolie, gorgeous music… This “cheap melodrama” is hardly subtle or much believable, but it does work as a guilty pleasure. ]

(28 Sept) Gorgeous (1999, Vincent Kok) 53
[ A message in a bottle? A young girl looking for true love? Business meetings? A gay sidekick? Dolphins? That’s a Jackie Chan film? Sort of. There are a few (4) pretty damn cool fight scenes, but most of the running time feels like a Chinese take on Meg Ryan flicks- which is enjoyable, even though I’d never expected Chan to play a straight romantic lead! ]

(28 Sept) Matroni et Moi (1999, Jean-Philippe Duval) 74
[ Scorsese meets Woody Allen in this hilarious, stylish and thought-provoking French Canadian comedy which pits a mobster (played by a delightfully cartoonish Pierre Lebeau) against a dweebish intellectual (Alexis Martin, who also wrote the film) in a frantic discussion of ethics and principles. ]

(29 Sept) Donnie Darko (2001, Richard Kelly) 68
[ Teen angst, hallucinations and time travel cohabit in this bizarre high school drama set in the late 80s. I’m not sure what he’s trying to say, but writer-director Richard Kelly’s vision is intriguing (whatever it is). ]

(2 Oct) The Razor’s Edge
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(4 Oct) Red Dragon (2002, Brett Ratner) [ review ] 36

(4 Oct) Moonlight Mile (2002, Brad Silberling) [ review ] 90

(5 Oct) Tanguy (2001, Étienne Chatiliez) 33
[ This French comedy has an amusing premise (a 28 year old man who still lives at home to the despair of his parents), but after an inspired first half hour it grows tired and repetitive. ]

(7 Oct) Witchbabe
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(10 Oct) Carmen: A Hip Hopera
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(11 Oct) The Rules of Attraction (2002, Roger Avary) [ review ] 63

(11 Oct) Bollywood/Hollywood (2002, Deepa Mehta) 68
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(11 Oct) Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002, Peter Mettler) 48
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(12 Oct) Good Rockin’ Tonight (2002, Bruce Sinofsky) 44
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(12 Oct) The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002, Eugene Jarecki) 86
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(12 Oct) The Ring (2002, Gore Verbinski) [ review ] 38

(13 Oct) Tan de Repente (2002, Diego Lerman) 89
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(14 Oct) Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (2002, Matthew Buzzell) 40
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(14 Oct) Un Homme sans l’Occident (2002, Raymond Depardon) 43
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(15 Oct) Waiting for Happiness (2002, Abderrahmane Sissako) 68
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(15 Oct) Isabelle Huppert : une vie pour jouer (2002, Serge Toubiana) 62
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(15 Oct) This is not a love song (2002, Billie Eltringham) 37
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(16 Oct) Ken Park (2002, Larry Clark, Ed Lachman) 0
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(16 Oct) The Sea (2002, Baltasar Kormakur) 66
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(17 Oct) Punch-Drunk Love (2002, P.T. Anderson) [ review ] 94

(18 Oct) Punch-Drunk Love (2002, P.T. Anderson) [ review ] 94

(18 Oct) Bowling for Columbine (2002, Michael Moore) [ review ] 79

(18 Oct) Far From Heaven (2002, Todd Haynes) 79
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(19 Oct) Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002, Paul Justman) [ review ] 90

(19 Oct) Bowling for Columbine (2002, Michael Moore) [ review ] 79

(19 Oct) 11’09″01 (2002, various filmmakers) 60
[ reviewed in my FCMM coverage ]

(20 Oct) Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002, Paul Justman) [ review ] 90

(23 Oct) Chelsea Walls 35
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(23 Oct) The Truth About Charlie (2002, Jonathan Demme) [ review ] 5

(25 Oct) Jackass: the Movie (2002, Jeff Tremaine) [ review ] 51

(25 Oct) Secretary (2002, Steven Shainberg) [ review ] 42

(29 Oct) A Hard Day’s Night (2002, Richard Lester) [ review ] 75

(30 Oct) No Such Thing (2001, Hal Hartley) 55
[ Reviewed for the Apollo Movie Guide ]

(31 Oct) Le Nèg’ (2002, Robert Morin) 74
[ Like most of his films, Robert Morin’s latest is both realistic and over the top, powerful and uneven, stylish and crude. It revolves around two SQ cops investigating a rocky night that left an old woman dead, a young black man in a coma and a plaster “lawn nigger” smashed. Each of the witnesses tells a different story, “Rashomon”-style, but what ultimately comes out is a tale of real-life horrors: racism, alcoholism, despair on welfare and wild bursts of violence. Not everything works in “Le Nèg’”, but the nifty use of fantasy sequences in which the characters are seen as little plastic figures and the riveting performances by the actors playing the drunken rednecks make it well worth seeing. ]