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Nathalie… (2003)
Can you ever control another person's sexuality?
Filmmaker(s): Anne Fontaine

Paris doctor Catherine starts to think her husband, Bernard, is having an affair when she hears an unfamiliar woman's message on his voice mail. Hoping to learn more about his extramarital activities, Catherine heads to a strip club, where she hires call girl Nathalie to have a fling with Gerard. As the affair progresses, Nathalie gives Catherine regular status reports, and the relationship between the women evolves from business to personal.

Womanly Closeness A film about two women, or rather the two hemispheres of a woman, made by a woman. I find nothing to like in most French films. The burst of reflexivity in the 60s where film critics became the most important filmmakers has had a negative...

Published February 23, 2024
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Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003)
Filmmaker(s): C. B. Harding

The comedic stylings of four sort-of famous funnymen are brought to the big screen courtesy of this 2002 documentary.

Embrace Ignorance It used to be that a standup comic would make an LP. Cosby, Prior...

Published February 1, 2024
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Daredevil (2003)
When the streets have gone to Hell, have faith in the devil.
Filmmaker(s): Mark Steven Johnson

A man blinded in a childhood accident fights crime using his superhumanly-elevated remaining senses.

Vision All of a sudden, Hollywood films have discovered that making a visually smart movie could be good business. The second “Harry Potter” film was notable with its architectural eye. Cost a tiny bit extra to get some good people on the case, but a trivial...

Published January 23, 2024
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Blood of the Beast (2003)
The year: 2012. 3 billion dead. And the nightmare is just beginning.
Filmmaker(s): Georg Koszulinski

In the year 2012, the 3rd great war comes to an end. The war claims no victors, but both sides succeed in executing their chemical warfare campaigns. The result is over 3 billion deaths. Over ninety-eight percent of the male survivors are rendered sterile. Human reproduction is realized by means of cloning. The first strand of clones are harvested in December of 2012 and received with overwhelming success. It was not until nineteen years later that the first problems arose.

Preparation for the End An IMDb reader of my comments sent me this for viewing. I'm glad, because nearly all low budget movies seem bad. You need a prompt or hint to invest viewing energy to discover or invent the elements that make few of them...

Published January 20, 2024
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The In-Laws (2003)
He's not losing his daughter. He's gaining a madman.
Filmmaker(s): Andrew Fleming

Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered foot doctor discovers that his new in-laws are international smugglers.

Hidden Agent Albert Brooks breaks my heart. Every time I encounter him I see near greatness. All he has to do is decide. But there must be some price he is unwilling to pay, because every outing (acting, directing, writing) there is a palpable holding back, an...

Published January 20, 2024
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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
They can't keep their hands off each others assets.
Filmmaker(s): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce.

Acting Out Trains I celebrate the Coens. I like how they try to surround the craft by doing projects of different kinds. It seems only Woody and these brothers like to walk on the edge of the universe to see how big it is. So even...

Published January 19, 2024
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Black Cadillac (2003)
Revenge in the driver's seat
Filmmaker(s): John Murlowski

Three young men become terrorized in a high-speed car chase with a mysterious pursuant.

Fins beyond the Law There are some things that naturally are cinematic. Among these are car chases, smoke and snow. Similarly on the story side, people cast together in a small space with an outside threat and unrevealed past relationships. It terms of flow, the most reliable...

Published January 17, 2024
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American Wedding (2003)
Forever hold your piece.
Filmmaker(s): Jesse Dylan

With high school a distant memory, Jim and Michelle are getting married — and in a hurry, since Jim's grandmother is sick and wants to see him walk down the aisle — prompting Stifler to throw the ultimate bachelor party. And Jim's dad is reliable as ever, doling out advice no one wants to hear.

A Franchise Matures Wow. There are few things more interesting than the evolutionary forces of the market that push and pull something to ensure survival. I'm a strong believer in how market forces shape film, even our most exotic art films. This isn't art, of course,...

Published May 22, 2023
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Bad Santa (2003)
He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice.
Filmmaker(s): Terry Zwigoff

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Inversion It is a simple idea: exploit the sweetness of Christmas by being mean to kids. Superimpose this on the old genre of bad man turns good through an unwanted role as parent. This works only because of extensive script doctoring, thanks to the Coen brothers. If...

Published May 16, 2023
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Anger Management (2003)
Feel the love.
Filmmaker(s): Peter Segal

After a small misunderstanding aboard an airplane escalates out of control, timid businessman Dave Buznik is ordered by the court to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell. But when Buddy steps up his aggressive treatment by moving in, Dave goes from mild to wild as the unorthodox treatment wreaks havoc with his life.

The Game I can’t tell you whether you will like this movie. But I can tell you what they did in putting it together to make you like it. For a long time, professional screenwriters have been leveraging the effects of “folded narrative.” That’s where there is...

Published April 4, 2023
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