Movies in Brief - Spring 2003 is brought to you by...

2 Fast 2 Furious - With this and Cradle 2 The Grave, it's a new undeniable trend: movies with Rap Names!

The Italian Job - We're entering the grass-roots portion of the ad campaign now.  The newspapers agree, and word-of-mouth seconds the motion: you've Got to see Scott Evil in this movie!

Alex and Emma - Well, what can be said?  Rob Reiner's done it again!

JUNE

Owning Mahowny - The best movie P.T. Anderson never made.

Rugrats Go Wild - As opposed to Rugrats Gone Wild, which is still tied up in the courts.

The Matrix Reloaded - Will it live up to the hype?  Will it?!  Why, conjunctions like this are usually only seen in astronomy, but it's been 14 years since we've seen a successful film followed four years later by two sequels in close succession.

Finding Nemo - Pixar does it again, and they're taking risks in the casting too!

Bruce Almighty - With Jennifer Aniston and ... some guy.

Gone Fishin' - Where's Darlene Love?  Seriously though, Willie Nelson went deeper into debt because of this movie.

MAY

Trigger Happy TV - Bloody funny. 

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Liberty Stands Still - Snipes snipes!

The Big Clock - Ray Milland does Cary Grant, Charles Laughton does Alfred Hitchcock.

I Am Sam - Best Starbucks commercial I ever saw.

The Omega Man - Okay, let me guess.  Are the mutants supposed to be Democrats?

Down With Love - Best musical of the 60s.

The Animal - Pretty somber third act for a comedy.

Da Ali G Show - Tom Green, start worrying!

Outside Providence - Best 16mm film ever made.

Malibu's Most Wanted - Or, the Vanilla Ice story.  'Bulworth' resurrected again!

Hot Pursuit - Well, what do you expect from the director of Tron?

Assassination Tango - Isn't that the name of a Tom Lehrer song?

Spun - I don't know.  In this post-MTV era of micro-editing and quick cutting and in-your-face visual schemas, the clip I saw of this movie on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' seemed pretty ordinary.  Try The Salton Sea instead.

A Man Apart - Sequel to Boiler Room?

Shocker - Assistant Director Skinner!

APRIL

Bulletproof Monk - This film may get lost in the wake of the Matrix sequel, for one.

Phone Booth - FarrellSchumacherTogether again.  This film is what's known in the biz as a favor.

Lara Croft 2 - Did someone say "Indianella Jones"?

View From The Top - Sorry, Mike.  Still gotta fall back on the day job.

Tears of the Sun  - Aren't they damning it with faint praise when they say in commercials that it's "The best war film since 'Black Hawk Down'"?

Head of State - The commercials show the triumphant return of the Rapping Granny from 'The Wedding Singer'.

The Blair Witch Project - Haven't seen it, but a friend of a friend saw it in the theater, and after watching 90 minutes of shaky home movie footage, they got motion sickness and threw up.

It Runs In The Family - The Douglases ARE the Osbournes!

HULK - Screenwriter James Schamus must lead an interesting life, like John Brownjohn or Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.  I'll tell you one thing, though: he better not screw up the Hulk!

Anger Management - Good trailer.

Hope Springs - And all this time I thought Hope Floats!

The Return Of The King - And I don't mean Elvis!  I'm talkin' LOTR3, baby!  No promotional materials yet, but we've got time.  And shame on them if they make us wait 'til Halloween for the Two Towers video release.  Why, we only have to wait 'til April for HP2!

Holes - Oh, Andrew Davis, we hardly knew ye.  Also, look for a book entitled "Dreams Really Do Come True: A Cameraman's Journey" by Stephen St. John.

MARCH

 

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