Archive for June, 2005

2005

June 12, 2005
Camera 7 — Campbell CA
USA
English
144 minutes

When America Was On Its Knees, He Brought Us To Our Feet — CINDERELLA MAN.

It’s Ron Howard, so here’s what you can expect: expertise and manipulation. The music will be so overbearing as to take you away from what’s happening. Bad guys will be extra bad (why does ever boxing challenger to our hero in any boxing film also have to be proficient in low blows and questionable calls?). The hero will be especially heroic. It will look perfect. We’ll get to look for other Howards in supporting roles (Brother Clint, father Rance).

Ron Howard will tell us what to think and how to think about it. It will be out of our hands. The music will swell, Crowe will get punched, his children will be adorable, Paul Giamatti will be better than the material, Zellweger will get the Jersey accent just right. We know what’s going to happen, but we like the ride to the destination.

Howard will completely steal Scorsese’s flashbulb slow-mo-sound-effect from Raging Bull. He isn’t the first.

Jim Braddock was some kind of stud–it’s easy to see why he makes such a compelling film hero. But in the hands of Ron Howard, we have no choice but to love his American spirit (whatever that is) and his honesty and work ethic.

There were no lulls, except for a quick trip to Hooverville. There are flashes of what can only be described as Braddock’s inner mind memory that rang completely false to me. About to go down, does he actually think of a note from the milkman, giving him another reason to try harder? I hope not.

7.0 Critical Consensus

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2005

June 12, 2005
Camera Cinema Club
USA
English
80 minutes

In The Harshest Place On Earth Love Finds A Way — MARCH OF THE PENGUINS.

Documentary about the Emperor Penguin’s mating habits. Filmed entirely in Antarctica. They pick a mate, lay an egg, the female takes off to the ocean for food while the male watches the egg and doesn’t eat for three months, the female comes back, the male takes off to eat. They walk 90 miles over the ice to get back to the place where they were born. Amazing. There were thoughts and feelings attributed to penguins which makes it less scientific than emotional. Excellent photography, good music, and the soothing voice of Morgan Freeman.

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2004

June 11, 2005
PBS — Frontline
USA
English
53 minutes

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1999

June 10, 2005
Sundance
Canada
English
80 minutes

Fast-paced documentary about the futility of the war on marijuana. Funny archival footage, plus a history of the drug in America. Did the people of Texas want the drug out, or the Mexicans who were crossing the border?

8.1 Critical Consensus

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2004

June 7, 2005
HBO
USA
English
109 minutes

If I was still in high school, this would have been my favorite film ever. Pornstar wants to leave the life and moves in next door to high school senior. Don’t give it a moment’s serious thought. Just pretend like it could happen.

4.9 Critical Consensus

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2005

May 30, 2005
PBS — Nature
English
60 minutes

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1996

May 30, 2005
TMC
USA
English
111 minutes

A True Story About The True Love Of The Greatest Pulp Fiction Writer Of All Time — THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

8.8 Critical Consensus

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After five years of posting every film I see in any format, I went back to school, which both cut greatly into my viewing time and stopped me from posting as often as possible. My last class was this week, so I’m getting back on the horse. However, what follows is a list of what I’ve seen in the nearly six months since posting.

This is for searching purposes, I guess. Plus, I can check to see if I’ve already seen something.

May 30, 2005 Mies Vailla Menneisyytta (The Man Without A Past) 2002

May 28, 2005 The Life Aquatic With Steve Zisou 2004

May 28, 2005 Ai No Corrida (In The Realm Of The Senses) 1976

May 22, 2005 To Sir, With Love 1967

May 21, 2005 Napoleon Dynamite 2004

May 15, 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom 2005

May 11, 2005 Crash 2004

May 8, 2005 Mi Tao Cheng Shu Shi (The Fruit Is Swelling) 1997

April 21, 2005 Kissed 1996

April 17, 2005 Schultz Gets The Blues 2003

April 17, 2005 Lipstick And Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies Of Wrestling 2004

April 6, 2005 Sin City 2005

March 26, 2005 Tigerland 2000

March 22, 2005 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids 2004

March 22, 2005 Gunner Palace 2004

March 19, 2005 The Day After Tomorrow 2004

March 19, 2005 Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle 2004

March 5, 2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie 2005

March 5, 2005 Paperclips 2004

March 4, 2005 Safety Last! 1923

February 19, 2005 Before Sunset 2004

February 19, 2005 Before Sunrise 1995

February 15, 2005 Inside Deep Throat 2005

February 13, 2005 The Secret Life Of Parking Enforcers 2005

February 11, 2005 Ray 2004

February 10, 2005 In Good Company 2004

February 10, 2005 Million Dollar Baby 2004

January 13, 2005 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004

January 9, 2005 Les Choristes (The Chorus) 2004

Now, back to our regularly formatted program.

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Written by Michael W. Cummins