Sunday, January 1 1995
[In 'The Princess Diaries'], among the many habits Mia must change is her too-teenish tendency to bob her head along with music on the radio ('You're not a doggie on a dashboard!' cries her alarmed grandma).
The scene is grim and very familiar: a hulk of a space ship crawls through the starry darkness, then runs into unexpected trouble, such that its crew is awakened from travel-slumber ahead of schedule.
The first scene in Leon Ichaso's biographical film, 'Piñero', sets up a complex series of relationships between the artist and his demons -- or more pointedly, between the artist and the various audiences he sought to influence and astonish.
As Tim Burton's new version of 'Planet of the Apes' demonstrates in many ways, some subtle, some not so, the recycling of cultural milestones is not simply a marketing device, but a way to rejuvenate cultural mythology, be it science fiction or religious fable.
The camera pans across the protest scene focusing briefly on a placard in Spanish but conveniently translated to English in subtitle: 'Shoot the Imperialist Bastards.' This sudden interjection is startling, set against a backdrop of relative fluff.
Signaling death and dryness, the flies also mark transitions from one location to another: everywhere, it seems, someone is dead or dying.
Tim Burton should never have been given this assignment. There are no humans in his films, which can impress, but never move us.
The road trip then becomes an occasion for an extended game of relationship chicken: is Josh going to grow up and commit or is Emily going to accept him and stop criticizing?"
Pearl Harbor's endorsement of military ideals and barely submerged nostalgia for the war's anti-Japanese racism only abates for a half hour of stunningly rendered shoot-em-up as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and its surrounding airfields takes place.
The spirit of world class schlock-horror promoter William Castle was in the theater recently, during a preview screening of Pitch Black, as flashlights were given to a number of audience members.