Sunday, January 1 1995
Hamlet often speaks in a voice-over or directly to the video camera that he is rarely without. Sometimes we see the results of these 'video diaries' as he rewatches them on his monitor -- his own Real World confessional.
['Hatari'] reminds us as well that, as David Thomson observes, Hawks is 'the greatest optimist the cinema has produced.' He delineates a world in which men and women, humans and animals, co-exist and achieve an enviable degree of harmony and serenity.
The nostalgia infusing 'Hearts in Atlantis' often makes the film infuriating, as well as just plain dopey.
There's a moment partway through The Hurricane that may cause you to catch your breath. It's a cramped shot, as are most of those showing Ruben Hurricane Carter (Denzel Washington) in his New Jersey State Prison cell.
Gordon Parks' hollering is, of course, far from the usual. Elegant and intelligent, poignant and political, Parks' art encompasses a remarkable range of subjects and forms.
A smooth amalgamation of Richard Lester's intricate direction, Alun Owen's hysterical screenplay, and the natural charms of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, 'A Hard Day's Night' is a film perfectly of its time and perfectly timeless.