Thursday, January 15 2009
Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.
Thursday, May 1 2008
This is a well-intentioned little film with its heart in the right place, and everything else out of whack.
Monday, April 21 2008
In The Forbidden Kingdom, Lu Yan instructs the boy in ancient wisdom and martial arts, offering up the occasional Mr. Miyagi-ism.
Thursday, March 13 2008
At its center, and much like David Gordon Green's other movies, Snow Angels is about faith.
Tuesday, June 12 2007
The underlying motivation to save Horizons West was about Sticking It to The Man. Us versus Them. Punk culture versus conformist culture. Poor against rich. All, interestingly enough, attitudes heavy in the subtext of the Z-Boys movies.
Tuesday, November 29 2005
Though Layla brings some sense of complexity to the proceedings, she's generally undermined by the film's straightforward charging.
Sunday, October 9 2005
It's difficult to resist getting all psychoanalytic on Dear Wendy, as it is excessively Freudian in its phallic imagery.
Friday, July 29 2005
This cartoony coming out story soon gives way to a cartoony straightening out story.
Friday, June 3 2005
The most thrilling moments in Lords of Dogtown involve skateboard wheels.