Tuesday, November 8 2005
Tim Burton's movie is mostly perky, slightly edgy, and dully episodic.
Friday, July 15 2005
This being a Tim Burton film, the celebration of childish pleasures is not simply joyous, but tweaked.
Monday, May 16 2005
'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"
Friday, December 10 2004
Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.
Monday, November 17 2003
'She's really pretty handy with knives and guns, this girl.'"
Thursday, July 24 2003
The focus on her irate face reveals Lara's resolve, fury, and urgency. She's not playing.
Thursday, February 6 2003
Max is less concerned with making Hitler sympathetic, or even very specific, than it is in using him to illustrate a series of ideas.
Sunday, January 1 1995
This spectacular image of androgynous, self-stimulating sexual excess speaks directly to the wonder and threat of Lara Croft, so adept at masculine and feminine wiles, and every wile in between.
All this symbolism would be quite impressive, actually, if 'Tomb Raider' ever gave the slightest impression it knew where it was going with it or was eventually planning to use these symbols to say something coherent.