Friday, March 30 2007
Like a high school essay written the night before it's due, Memory reveals its dearth of imagination right off, with a frontispiece dictionary definition of its title.
Friday, October 8 2004
Belle is set up to work against stereotypes: athletic, aggressive, mechanically inclined, she's a black woman NASCAR fan.
Friday, February 28 2003
The Who's rock opera Tommy still rocks.
Sunday, January 1 1995
Oliver Stone's movies usually seem more complicated than they are. Partly this comes from his evolving style, from the curiously romantic realism of Platoon, to the assaultive ding-battiness of Natural Born Killers, to the debased lunacy of U-Turn. But mostly it comes from his obsession with a single theme: brutality. Or more precisely, how brutality becomes morality.
Whatever you think about Oliver Stone as a director, you can't deny his firm grasp on this country's interests. From Vietnam to JFK to serial killers, Stone's pictures have always depicted major subjects of national fascination. With his latest release, Any Given Sunday, Stone looks to go his previous films one better by focusing on the most popular sport in America.