Thursday, February 21 2008
Chinatown remains a stalwart of '70s cinema. The uninspired follow-up 16 years later reminds one that, sometimes, a masterpiece needs to simply be left alone.
Thursday, February 28 2002
'We Were Soldiers' is, above all, an earnest film, working overtime not to be a standard U.S. war movie where the good (white) boys fight against diabolical 'others'.
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.
Sunday, January 1 1995
The title character in The General's Daughter is dead. The image gets your attention. It's grotesque and horrifying. And it's recalled several times in the film, verbally and visually, to impress on you the threat that it supposedly poses for military, moral, sexual, and aesthetic orders.