BLOOD SIMPLE

Originally made in 1984, this is the first film by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.
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X-MEN

While growing up, I read a few of the X Men comics, even watched a few of the animated television shows, but wasn't that big of a fan.
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SCARY MOVIE

At first I didn't really want to see this film, but the Wayans brothers have never let me down before, after making such timeless classics as "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," and "Low Down Dirty Shame," along with the ground breaking television program, "In Living Color," I would have figured this would have been the same silly humor as the others, and it was.
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DINOSAUR

I've gone from millions of years up to present day with the selection of films I saw this week.
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GLADIATOR

The second film I saw was Gladiator, it was nice to see a film about this forgotten era.
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ROAD TRIP

The third film I saw was Road Trip, yes, I know, why did I see that?
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SMALL TIME CROOKS

Finally, I saw the new Woody Allen film, Small Time Crooks.
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THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

Wonderfully written and directed by Sofia Coppola in her first feature film attempt, produced by her father, Francis Ford Coppola.
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HIGH FIDELITY

"Hi Fidelity," is a movie that I kept hearing "You gotta go see." About the wacky lives of those that'd work in the sordid denziens of used record stores.
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TAXI

Okay, so the film's now 2 years old, but it's French and you most likely missed it anyhow.
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"CANNIBAL: THE MUSICAL"

"The sky is blue and all the leaves are green," sprngs the happy joyous musical set in the Old West in the late 1800s.
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"YOU OUTTA BE IN PICTURES" - THE FIRST ANNUAL AMATEUR ADULT FILM FEST

"You Outta Be in Pictures," The First Annual Amateur Adult Film Fest was THE place to be this past Tuesday night, Leap Day.
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MAGNOLIA

It's kind of strange how things work. How everything comes together. You may say that it's just a coincidence, but Magnolia tries to prove that it's more than just that.
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I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON


Bill Plympton, whose name unfortunately rhymes with our president, just doesn't care! He came out with a piece of animation which makes SouthPark seem kinda conservative. In this third full-length feature film (The Tune, and J. Lyle being the other two), we follow the story of a newlywed hunk who mysteriously acquires magical powers that make his every daydream come true. Imagine "The Mask" meets "Fritz the Cat", and you're half-way there. Plympton's amazing sense of timing, totally bizarre and surreal manipulations of body parts, and a no-holds barred attitude towards the gross and obscene, makes this film a non-stop giggle-fest. When the film was over, I was exhausted from laughing so much.
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SNOW WHITE: A TALE OF TERROR


Deadly serious psychosexual rethinking of the previously Disneyfied chestnut, with the Seven Dwarves as a group of filthy miners who slobber over the young Snow White's heaving bosom and Sigourney Weaver as stepmother Claudia, whose cursed mirror and a serious case of post-partum bitchiness (following the stillbirth of her son) spell endless trouble for Snowy.

Weaver is delightfully wicked, but the director may have been unsure whether to film this as a symbol-heavy grim/Grimm tale or as an overwrought supernatural slasher film. Too humorless and murkily lit to be a top-drawer item, but it's still worth filing this one next to such superior fare as _The Company of Wolves_ and _Dolls_ on the shelf where you store your adolescent nighty-nightmares.
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Darkly Noon

A lesser known (and somewhat lesser) film from Philip Ridley, director of the superb The Reflecting Skin, abandoning childhood innocence-lost for the violent sexual awakening of one extremely repressed guy, the titular Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser). Fleeing from his mysterious cult-like background, Darkly runs right into the arms (well, truck) of Callie, the beautiful lady of the backwoods (a very fine Ashley Judd). The shy, stuttering Darkly soon falls for Callie in the worst possible way, but her mute coffin-crafting boyfriend returns from parts unknown, the lines of a deadly triangle are pencilled in, and Darkly starts wrapping his torso with barbed wire, conversing with the bullet-riddled bodies of his dead parents, painting himself ritualistically (ala _White of The Eyes_) and paying heed to the popular rumors about Callie's seductive ways.

Astonishingly beautiful at times (the underground stream is a triumph of set design), Unfocused and undisciplined at others (what's with that giant shoe?!), the film present's Darkly's slow mental disintegration as a frightening spectacle with a truly horrifying climax. Fraser isn't quite up to the demands of his role, but he attacks the final reels with such gusto that comparisons with a religiously-driven Jack Torrance aren't be unwarranted. Still, _Darkly Noon_ is most captivating when Ridley allows events to unfold with the hypnotic rhythm of a folk tale. He's less successful when he crashes through this sensitive emotional minefield with cameras set on 'stun'.
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ERASERHEAD


I saw David Lynch's "Eraserhead" for the first time recently. For a long time it wasn't available anywhere around here, but a West Coast Video that just opened carries it (I'm happy to see Blockbuster Video getting some real competition). I believe this is Lynch's first film although i may be wrong. It is a very raw yet very surreal film which shows Lynch at some of his most unbridled moments. This film is an amazing example of Lynch's ability to use sound and visuals together to create a very surreal and compelling atmosphere. Although the techniques are less refined than on more recent films such as Lost Highway they still work amazingly well. I wont reveal any of the storyline here since i think it would ruin the experiance but if you havent seen it already i think its a definite must for anyone who enjoys surrealist, experimental or just plain weird forms of art in general. 
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KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE


When I first heard that Disney was buying up Hayao Miyazaki's animes, I got worried. I feared the Americanization of two of my fave children movies (and up there in my list of adult movies, too), My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service. My fears were not based on solid ground however. Both films were left with the culture intact and very (very!) good dubbing.

Kiki's Delivery Service includes the voices of Kirsten Dunst as Kiki, Phil Hartman (to whom the film is dedicated) as Jiji the cat, Debbie Reynolds and Janeane Garofolo.

The movie follows a young witch named Kiki. When witches turn 13, they leave home on the full moon and find a city or town to watch over. Kiki and her cat, Jiji, hop onto her broom (her flying skills are suspect at best) and find a beautiful city by the sea, where she sets up shop, makes friends and runs a broom-powered delivery service.

Hayao Miyazaki shows once again that he understands the devil's in the details with amazing animations where grass ripples, wind blows, crowds bustle and clouds float. It's one of those rare films where you visit another world and don't want to come back. The movie is gentle enough for a three year old, but charming and with enough pathos for any age. 

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THE FISHER KING


Jeff Bridges plays a popular radio shock jock. His success is short lived, as he gives out the wrong advice to a regular caller. Distraught, the caller unleashes his anger in a crowded bar from the barrel of a shotgun. Jeff hears the news after dancing around toaking from a fat joint marvelling in plans to port his radio success over to TV. Quickly finding his way into a nervous breakdown, he ends up slumped over a fountain downtown drunk, mumbling his troubles to a wooden doll.

In many twists and turns, Jeff finds himself saved from street thugs by a loony bum (played by Robin Williams). Jeff finds comfort in his new life as a street wanderer, befriending Robin. You see -- Robin's wife was cut down by shotgun fire by -- you guessed it, the angry caller whom Jeff gave ill advice. Therein lies the twisted bond. Jeff is then led through Robin's plight of hallucinations of a giant dragon, knights, and other nasties. Jeff seeks through it all to seek forgiveness from Robin. In the end he must seek Robin's vision of 'The Holy Grail' to earn forgiveness. 

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HIGH ART


Ally Sheedy has grown up, old, and nasty. This movie, about "making it" in the photography biz has got a plot full of holes and a cast of characters without purpose. Quite similar to The Ice Storm, you don't like anybody in the movie and it's hard to sympathize, everyone ends up miserable and they deserve it. 
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