Alibi V.13 No.21 • May 20-26, 2004 
Reel World

Reel World

Coming Soon (Well, Not That Soon)—Every summer, we like to cast our crystal ball ahead to the far-flung future. By now, we know the films that we'll be drooling over or avoiding like the plague this summer. But what about next summer? What cinematic delights await us in the summer of 2005?

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Film Review


Epic action flick looks great, feels too analytical

Way back in the day, heroes didn't need no stinkin' motivations. They were heroes. Pure and simple. They killed enemies, knocked over city walls and hunted down magical sheepskins if the legend so required. But in today's “let's all share our feelings with Dr. Phil” environment, storytellers can't resist the urge to examine everyone's inner child. Case in point: The overlong, overanalytical Troy.

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Film Review


Divine documentary searches for the Holy Grail of couches

Every family has a story. Every family has a couch. But very few have stories and couches like the family of Pearl Gluck.

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Idiot Box

Upfront About Upfronts

Season Sneaks

It's “upfront” week in Los Angeles and, while the term may not mean much to the average Idiot Boxer, it's one of the most important words in the Hollywood lexicon. Upfront week is when the networks place their orders for new shows. For the past month or so, networks have been looking over the new crop of pilots, testing some of them in front of audiences and generally trying to guess which ones will be hits. This is the week that the networks put their money on the line, shelling out the dough for a full or half season worth of episodes.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 20

“The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman” (KOB-4 7:30 p.m.) Poor NBC, lamenting the recent loss of both “Friends” and “Frasier” just gives up and airs the only thing they can find: a recent series of web-exclusive American Express commercials featuring Jerry Seinfeld and an animated Superman. Still, it's probably the funniest thing the network's aired in months.

“CSI” (KRQE-13 8 p.m.) DNA evidence contradicts a rape victim's testimony in the season finale of CBS' forensic hit. Look for “CSI: New York” next fall.

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Las Patronas come to the NHCC

All of Me/Llévate mis Amores

Follow a group of women from the Mexican village of La Patrona who prepare food, bag and toss it to migrants traveling on top of the freight train known as La Bestia as it makes its way to the US.