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April 2001


Welcome to the second installment of "At the Movies with tkt". This month we'll start with my normal format, one current theatrical release and one video "Retro Pick O' the Month".

Rated: R

CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta, Gary Oldman

DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott

What's It All About, Alfie?

The sequel to the 1991 Best Picture Oscar blockbuster "The Silence of the Lambs". It's 10 years later, and Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter is hiding out in Europe. FBI agent Clarice Starling is still obsessed with capturing him and she gets her chance to try when he returns to the US.

My Two Cents
I hated "The Silence of the Lambs". I saw it in theaters when it was new and I haven't seen it since. I think it was one of those movies where everyone told me how good and scary it was, and by the time I finally saw it, I couldn't help but be disappointed. When I heard they were making a sequel, I immediately was like "I will never see it", but the trailer sold the film really well, and during it's second week of release, there I sat. The sequel is about 1000 times better than the original. It was scary in parts,
and REALLY nasty in others, and the acting and story were first rate. If you have popcorn or other snacks during the film, I strongly suggest that you finish them no farther than 15 minutes into the movie to allow for sufficient digestion before the end of the movie. In all seriousness the scene near the end of the film is the nastiest thing I have ever seen on film. I cannot fathom that another film will come out before the end of the year that will be able to beat "Hannibal" for a Best Makeup Oscar, and Hopkins deserves another nomination as well. Julianne Moore's performance not only makes you say "Jodie who?", but also solidifies my theory that she is the finest actress working today that does not already have an Oscar.

Would I Buy This film on DVD?
Absolutely. Not only is it a great movie that will hold up to repeat viewings, but the DVD is bound to have a TON of special features including deleted scenes and director's commentary. I hope they tell us how they made the nasty scene at the end of the movie. Overall I give it 4 out of 5 FIREBALLS.

Rated: Unrated in US

CAST: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse

Henri-Georges Clouzot

What's It All About, Alfie?
At a private school, the abusive headmaster's wife and his mistress plot together to kill him. When they apparently succeed, but the body disappears. After this, there are repeated "sightings" of the body. The two women (especially the sickly wife), are driven nearly insane with waiting to see if they will be caught, and also if the body will ever turn up.

My Two Cents
SUBTITLE ALERT. This film is in French. DO NOT LET THIS DETER YOU FROM WATCHING IT. Yes, you'll have to read it, but a good film such as this, after about 10 minutes you forget you're reading. I am a fan of Alfred
Hitchcock, and this film has every bit as much, if not more maddening suspense-filled moments for the audience as Hitchcock's classics. In fact, this film helped inspire the classic Hitchcock film "Psycho". Please don't confuse this film with the mid 90's American version starring Sharon Stone and Kathy Bates. That film is also HOT, but for a different reason (it has Sharon Stone and Kathy Bates in it), while the film itself is pretty lousy. The reason the original "Diabolique" is HOT is because the story is well told and it's SO suspenseful. Ok, so Simone Signoret is HOT in a 50's French actress kind of way too.

Would I Buy This Film on DVD?
I already own it. I'm not sure if it's available on VHS or not, but if you have a DVD player, and your local video store has a respectable DVD selection, RENT THIS. It's a "Criterion Collection" release. If you speak fluent French (and who amongst us doesn't), you have the option of turning off the English subtitles so they don't interfere with your enjoyment of the film. Overall, I give this film 4.5 out of 5 FIREBALLS.

wishes to congratulate the winner of our March drawing. May I have the envelope please? And this HOT little Oscar statuette keychain goes to...


Keep your speech down to 45 seconds please, SASSY. Or, the orchestra will rudely start while you are still on the stage. :)