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Reviews for the week of June 4, 2001.

Monday:
A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale
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Set in medieval Europe, A Knight's Tale is a story about a young peasant squire who takes up the identity of of his master when the knight dies. So young William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) jousts in his place, and soon decides to continue jousting, tournament after tournament to gain fame and fortune. However, his reasons soon change when he meets the sultry Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon) and soon falls in love with her. Although the evil Count Adhemar (played beautifully by Rufus Sewell) jousts for her as well. Although the plot seems rather mundane; it is pulled of perfectly by Ledger's charisma, an astounding cast, a lot of surprising laughs, good music (both the songs & the underscore) and lots of jousting-action, this movie was truly revolutionary.

I saw this movie way before it came out, via a free "sneak preview", and was amazed. I was totally surprised. It was sort of, half campy humor and half medieval epic. You have your same old tired plot (guy wants to become knight but can't because he's a peasant and falls in love, etc...) but adding up everything together, it pulled it off with flying colors. This movie has a wonderful feel to it, and a great cast......the reason it didn't get four stars? Simply because the plot was so wretchedly routine.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Wednesday:
Dog Day Afternoon

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Dog Day afternoon is the true story of a New York man, Sonny (Al Pacino), who robs a bank with his partner Sal to fund his male wife's sex change operation. Although something goes wrong, and the police arrive asking for the hostages. What results is a media circus, where his personal life and the idiocy of the police is revealed to the whole city.

I cannot put into words how brilliant this film is. One of the greatest films of all-time, everything about this movie is top-notch. Al Pacino is wonderfully convincing, and his partner Sal is played perfectly John Cazale. Interestingly, the movie has no musical score whatsoever, which is absolutely fitting. Not much on action, for those of you MTV-pampered children, a lot of rich dialogue. This is Al Pacino's best role to date, and it's a mandatory film for any Pacino fan. This film is truly the embodiment of perfection.

My Rating = Four Stars

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Friday:
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Book of Shadows:  Blair Witch 2
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The hit 1999 film The Blair Witch Project, inspires a young man to open up a tour called "The Blair Witch Hunt", which takes patrons to various locations through Burkitsville, that hold some meaning to The Blair Witch.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was NOT a horror movie, despite it's claims. There wasn't a *single* moment of fear or surprise. Instead, it was a movie about a bunch of stereotype characters getting mad at everyone for stereotyping them. And in the end, *everyone* had a nervous breakdown. Now although we were meant to feel sympathy for these characters, they still got it in the end...the ones that didn't die were arrested. I mean, I felt sorry for the poor looney-bin guy, and now he's back where he started!

My next complaint is that they were only in the actual woods for not even 30 minutes. And the movie had very little to do with the witch herself. It's rather like 2001: A Space Odyssey VS. 2010: The Year We Make Contact, one was an interesting, innovative experience and the sequel was more of a "movie". (Although I really like 2010, don't get me wrong!). It's just that, the first one, despite it's faults, was revolutionary, nothing had been made quite like it. It was....real, for the first time in the history of cinema, it seemed real (yes, I'm talking about the shaky camera motions). Now, the story and the characters are completely made up, but shooting it like a documentary, with it's amateur cinematography, made it extremely realistic. In this one, we're back to Hollywood-like crappy sequels, like the 10 zillion Halloween sequels. And why did they have to have the "dueling forces" thing? I mean, come on! Another tour showed up and did the whole "you'd better watch your back" routine, and left - found dead later...it would have been a lot cooler and less-Hollywood to just have complete strangers found dead. To me, it seemed this movie was an attempt to fit as much nudity as they possibly could into a teen horror film. I mean, honestly now, wasn't *all* of the nudity rather senseless? What was the purpose of that, anyhow?

Despite this movies *many* faults, I still give it two stars, after all, although it was bad it wasn't unbearable. It held my attention for two hours, so it wasn't all bad. Still, it was better than Scream 2...

My Rating = Two Stars

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