We have proof that Ron Shelton is a talented director. His Bull Durham is an unquestionable masterpiece. Bull Durham is arguably the greatest baseball movie ever made. Bull Durham is romantic, quirky, funny and dedicated deeply to the love of baseball. Bull Durham comes from a director who is assured, confident and masterfully in control of tone and style. How did that same director also make Play it to the Bone?
Wow! I can't believe I completely forgot that BioSphere was a thing. As a student of history and culture it is unthinkable that I could have forgotten about this unique and strange bit of history. As a fan of reference humor I certainly should have stowed this memory away to drawn upon it for comic reference but no, until I saw the documentary, Spaceship Earth, I had completely lost the memory of BioSphere.
How can I get people to read a critical review of a 2000 family drama about a dog? I’ve written about unpopular topics before, but I cannot imagine one as unpopular, forgettable and easy to ignore as My Dog Skip. This 2000 release starring a young Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon as his dad, and Luke Wilson as his local sports hero, has been completely lost to time. If anyone remembers My Dog Skip or if the film has a legacy it’s probably the focus on the dog and a toilet in the ad campaign.
Movies don’t change, you do. You learn, you grow and you perceive differently. As you become more educated and knowledgeable, you are better able to recognize your own flawed thinking. This has never been more clear to me than in digging through some of my old reviews. In my 20’s I wrote for a wonderful, upstart website called Bikkit.com. (Don’t ask about the name, we never knew what it meant or where it came from).
Bikkit no longer exists.
Clementine stars Otmara Marrero as Karen, a heartbroken young woman in the throes of a dramatic and recent break-up. In her grief over the end of this relationship, with a much older woman, Karen first tries to steal back her dog from her ex’s home in Los Angeles. Failing that, Karen gets in her car and drives non-stop into the Pacific Northwest. In some unnamed corner of the country, Karen’s ex has a cabin in the woods.
History records that Next Friday, written, produced and starring the prolific Hollywood mogul Ice Cube was the first new movie released in American cinemas in the new millennium. Next Friday arrived in theaters on Friday, January 12th of 2000. Hollywood's first statement on a new millennium of the art form that is film is a cash grab sequel of dubious, even suspect, quality.