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Sunday, January 1 1995

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

Early on in the very long Luc Besson film, The Messenger, John Malkovich (playing Charles, Dauphin of France) wishes he could be someone else. It was the one and only time that I identified with anything in the film - I wished I could watch him be someone else! Like himself in Being John Malkovich. The Messenger is an unbelievably dull movie, which is a startling achievement given that the legend of Joan of Arc lends itself pretty well to storytelling of any type.


Music of the Heart (1999)

Music of the Heart tells a terrific story of passion, music, and success. The problem with this film is that director Wes Craven is so intent on telling the story, its very seamlessness becomes a drawback. In short, this movie is too much Hollywood and not enough grit.


Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

Charlie is mad at this point in the film, despite and because of the fact that he's the designated 'nice' part of this self-sandwich.


Meeting People is Easy (1998)

Grant Gee's 1998 documentary Meeting People is Easy, which follows rock band Radiohead on their OK Computer tour, is often wildly kinetic, sometimes eerily static but always bubbling under the surface with distortion and static.


The Mystery of Oberwald (Mistero di Oberwald, Il) (1980/2001)

Set in 1903, 'Oberwald' is an adaptation of a Jean Cocteau play called 'The Two-Headed Eagle'. The play and subsequent video are both premised on the kind of everyplot that evokes many common narratives at once.


Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

Charlie's suppressed despair over the failed marriage and the humiliations he suffers as a highway patrolman coalesce into alterego Hank, who emerges David Banner style whenever Charlie encounters confrontation or conflict.


Mr. Death:  The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

When he places an ad in the local paper to sell a used lethal injection machine, Fred Leuchter seems genuinely surprised to learn the ad has been pulled and banned from publication. To say the least, Leuchter appears out of touch with reality.


Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Man Who Cried (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Mission to Mars (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Mexican (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Memento (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Mansfield Park (1999) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Monsoon Wedding (2002) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Miss Congeniality (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Loser (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Lumumba (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Last Orders (2002) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Love & Basketball (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Loser (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Legends of Rita (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Little Vampire (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Lost Souls (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Love & Sex (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Left Behind (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Low Down (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Last Castle (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Last Night (1999) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Little Nicky (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Luzhin Defence (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Liam (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Life as a House (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Last Resort (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Last Orders (2002) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Ladies Man (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Lies (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Limbo (1999) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Lantana (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Luzhin Defence (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Lost and Delirious (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Last Castle (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Light It Up (1999) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Liberty Heights (1999) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
L.I.E. (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Legally Blonde (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Lady Vengeance (2005) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
K-PAX (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Kingdom Come (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Kikujiro (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Kiss of the Dragon (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Kissing Jessica Stein (2002) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
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