Volpane In Love

Decade Archive of my personal blog from 1999 to 2009.

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

I started this list by entering the dates and the names from ticket stubs I�d saved over time. Most of these reviews are short snapshots really. I intend to post more complete reviews of things I�ve seen here in the future.

Saturday, October 3, 1998
Harvard Exit Theater
Touch of Evil
Classic Orson Wells

Saturday, November 21, 1998
Egyptian Theater
Gods & Monsters
Great Acting.

Saturday, December 12, 1998
Egyptian Theater
Young Girls of Rochefort
French fluff.

Saturday, December 26, 1998
Broadway Market Theater
Little Voice
Jane Horrocks is a tour de force in this story of a shy girl with a golden voice. The part must have been written for her because I don't know anyone who could do reliable impersonations of Judy Garland, Marilyn Munroe and Billie Holliday as well as make you believe that she was a young inexperienced girl.

Saturday January 16, 1999
Meridian 16 Cinemas
A Simple Plan
A friend suggested we see this paranoid mystery of two brothers who while trying to commit larceny find several murders on their hands.

Friday, January 29, 1999
Theater Women In Cinema Festival
Am I Beautiful?
My German friend Achim suggested that we see this and it turned out to be very involving good.

Saturday, January 30, 1999
Harvard Exit Theater
Hilary and Jackie
My date ended our "movie watching" relationship after seeing this one�I spent the next two weeks in bed with a cold. Thanks a lot.

Sunday, February 14, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Universal Horror Festival
These were great, all the old classic films restored. Went to most of them with friend Chris Crounse. Gave him a valentine afterward simply to celebrate the day, don't think he took it too seriously.

Friday, February 26, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Lady From Shanghai
Another Classic Orson Wells�hey, did he ever not do a movie that is now hailed as a classic?

Sunday, April 18, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Chinese Ghost Story: The Animated Film
I have always been told how the trilogy of live action Kung Fu movies this is based on is worth seeking out. I am not sure about the truth of that statement but this combination of traditional flat animation combined with sumptuous three-dimensional computer graphics and rendering is blinding in its intensity and visual ingenuity. You cannot help but sit back and allow the action to simply wash over you like a tsunami. I had to see this more than once, first to read the subtitles and second to simply enjoy the visuals without searching for what was being said next (so much dialog is really just prattle). Much of the cultural anomalies were lost on me although I have to say the great turning clogs of the reincarnation gate (with a Buddha protecting every one) captured my imagination that I decided to try my own hand at drawing traditional Buddha mandalas.

Friday, April 30, 1999
Broadway Market Cinemas
Edge of Seventeen
This was a very poignant coming of age story. I definitely felt for the first time that a gay film was addressing issues that I felt were close to my own experience of coming out.

Tuesday, May 11, 1999
Egyptian Theater
This movie is so much better on the silver screen. Years ago I first saw this on video and wished I could see it in a theatre. Now I�ve had my chance and I wish I hadn�t waited so long.

Thursday, May 13, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I managed to invite a guy at work that I like a lot but who is straight to see this movie. Not exactly a date movie although it was a school night and I wanted to stay up past my bedtime chatting with him�I wonder what that was about?

Friday, May 14, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Seattle Film Festival 25
Bedrooms and Hallways
Is a very funny British comedy of a thirty-year-old gay man in a "mid-life" crisis.

Seattle Film Festival 25
Pacific Place Theater
The Red Violin
When I saw the trailer for this potboiler I knew I had to see it if only for the melodrama it promised. I wasn't disappointed. This fictional drama surrounding the history of a musical oddity is vibrant and romantic. Although Samuel Jackson's straight faced research investigator was an anti-climax to all the visual, musical and fictional divertissement of the previous stories.

Saturday, June 12, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Universal Hitchcock Festival
I had never seen this film all the way through before. Now I understand why it is hailed as a classic. Fascinating.

Friday, June 18, 1999
Meridian 16 Cinemas
Disney attempting to tackle a more cinematic story line. Loved it!

Saturday, June 19, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Universal Hitchcock Festival
I saw a bunch of these movies...I wish I could remember the titles.

Tuesday, June 22, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Universal Hitchcock Festival
I'll have to check a schedule for this showing. I was going every other night almost, so that I could see as many of his films as possible.

Wednesday, June 23, 1999
Egyptian Theater
Universal Hitchcock Festival
I remember these movies, I watched The Man Who Knew Too Much, Iron Curtin, Marnie and Topaz


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