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Entries from March 2009

This Is the Kind of Movie That Should Not Be Made

March 30th, 2009 · 10 Comments

L.A. Confidential (1997) Screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson. Based on the novel by James Ellroy Directed by Curtis Hanson Produced by Regency Enterprises Running time: 138 minutes What the *&#! Is This About? In Los Angeles of the early 1950s, Officer Bud White (Russell Crowe) stops on his way to deliver his fellow […]

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Tags: Based on novel · Crooked officer · Femme fatale · Gangsters and hoodlums · Interrogation · Murder mystery · Prostitute · Shootout · Surprise after end credits

What’s Up With This Script? Are You Down With This?

March 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Boogie Nights (1997) Written by Paul Thomas Anderson Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Produced by Ghoulardi Film Company/ Lawrence Gordon Productions/ New Line Cinema Running time: 155 minutes What the *&#! Is This About? In the San Fernando Valley of 1977, busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) catches the eye of Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), maker […]

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Tags: Bathtub scene · Coming of age · Dreams and visions · Drunk scene · Father/son relationship · Master and pupil · No opening credits · Prostitute · Rated X · Shootout

Strangely Romantic In A Way

March 23rd, 2009 · 7 Comments

The following was originally published 17 August 2008. This lazy attempt at recycling is my contribution to Ibetolis’s “Counting Down the Zeroes” series at Film for the Soul, in which he compels the Internet to rhapsodize on the best films of the ’00s. one year at a time. High Fidelity (2000) Screenplay by John Cusack […]

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Tags: Based on novel · Cult favorite · Dreams and visions · Famous line · Master and pupil · Music · No opening credits