Monday, January 28 2002
Thursday, January 24 2002
It's not so often that you see an anime as deliberately unsexy as Rintaro's 'Metropolis'.
As John (Richard Gere) begins to question his own journalistic rigor and even his sanity, a number of inconsistencies in the stories of the mothman crop up.
It's exceedingly good to see Luis Guzmán looking so vibrantly out of place in Kevin Reynolds' 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.
For 10 days each January, Park City is a conversely utopian and dystopian microcosm of the entertainment industry, a Hollywood-as-mountain kingdom that is as isolated and insular as it is enviable and confounding.
Tuesday, January 22 2002
. . . (W)hat happened that evening did not happen only to Chuck D or only to his audience, but what happened -- or what was mean to happen -- instead just snapped and slacked and fell in the air between us.
Monday, January 21 2002
Thursday, January 17 2002
In 'Snow Dogs', Cuba Gooding, Jr. is all giggles and slapstick. I lost count of the number of times he slipped on the ice or fell in the snow.
Wednesday, January 16 2002
Tuesday, January 15 2002
. . . the collaboration between Nyro and Labelle . . . placed the issue of gender and sexuality in the mix alongside traditional critical musings about race.
Monday, January 14 2002
Friday, January 11 2002
Thursday, January 10 2002
'What Time Is It There?' presents what may be Tsai's most pronounced rendering of the impossibility of sexual intimacy and connection.
More than anything else, 'Orange County' is mundane.
The obvious reason for the glut of overly celebratory WWII films of the past few years is nostalgia for a time in American life when things like international politics and warfare were clear-cut.
... challenges the national ideologies, nostalgia and idealization that have become so commonplace in popular cultural imaginings of the 'great war'.
Wednesday, January 9 2002
The Deer Camp is about 20 miles into the next county, five miles down a winding stretch of dirt road, and smack in the middle of 200 acres of forest and swamp.
The old Broadway show gag comes to mind, 'No one liked it, only the public'.
The attorneys on ABC's 'The Practice' can't catch a break.
Tuesday, January 8 2002
Her collection covers love in all its forms.
A brilliant and insightful account of an important nation that is in the midst of a serious identity crisis.
No company has done more to perpetuate the Biker myth.
Masculinity is more than hair on your back and ball scratching.
A meditation on creation, destruction, ordinariness, sanity-insanity and the fine line between the two.
The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World by Paul R
He proposes a reasonable and engaging thesis -- that in Florence in 1403, two men, Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti, fired the first shots of an artistic revolution that marked 'the beginning of a modern consciousness.'"
The one unarguable hallmark of a Southerner, however, is his or her inborn, innate ability to tell a story. 'Lonzie's Fried Chicken', a small and succulent literary journal out of Lynn, North Carolina, is busy providing space for the storytellers of the New South to spin their tales and work their special magic.
A pleasantly un-self-conscious blend of subjects and settings.
These texts together form an intricate picture of a state of American literature and give the reader access to new works by promising authors.
Monday, January 7 2002
As played by new Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, Vic Mackey is casually racist and homicidal, by turns charismatic and appalling.
Sunday, January 6 2002
Thursday, January 3 2002
Based on a 1953 Philip K. Dick story, the film rehearses the usual Dickish concerns, namely, a male protagonist's loss of identity, confidence, and context in a dystopic SF future.
Wednesday, January 2 2002
Friday, December 28 2001
Monday, December 24 2001
Never mind that Leopold is clueless when it comes to actual labor or the concept of class; as long as he's upper, he has no need to know anything more.
Ali embodies a kind of car-wreck charisma -- arrogant and self-conscious, beautiful and fierce, even on twenty-year-old tape, he can take your breath away. This ability to mesmerize makes Ali who he is, or more accurately, who everyone wants him to be. He's a cipher and a screen onto which viewers might project themselves.
Thursday, December 20 2001
Full-length computer-animated features have, thus far, fallen into the realm of children's fantasy.
It gets points for knowing what it is, a formulaic PG picture without pretensions to grandeur (and for not being 'The Majestic').
Meth is, as always, an exceedingly charismatic presence, and his partner an able comic foil.
Wednesday, December 19 2001
. . . I paid my stay-at-home-PTA-homeroom-chairperson-every-freakin-fieldtrip-chaperone-mother dues . . .
Tuesday, December 18 2001
Jan Svankmajer taps into the appeal of the maternal horror story.
What is potentially most urgent about 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is how it reflects the tenor of our time.