Thursday, December 11 2008
A fiery Kate Winslet saves morality tale in 'The Reader' while a similarly powerful Meryl Streep can't do the same for the overly certain 'Doubt'.
Sunday, December 7 2008
In Winslet’s clever, low-key performance, all of the character’s ambiguousness remains intact, making Hanna her most complicated, mature creation to date.
Thursday, December 4 2008
Frank Langella seethes and pulsates with cunning as the deposed president in 'Frost/Nixon', a far cry from the grinning cowboy executive Josh Brolin presented in 'W'.
Wednesday, December 3 2008
The sound era added nothing thematically or tonally that wasn't already perfected in silent films.
Tuesday, December 2 2008
The British Library bought Ted Hughes' literary archive, further inspiring film and literary speculation into his life with Sylvia Plath.
Thursday, November 20 2008
Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace slices away nearly every element of the old Bond, and leaves nothing in its place.
Thursday, November 13 2008
In the moody House of the Sleeping Beauties, an aging widower fights despair with a succession of naked beauties, while in the sprawling A Christmas Tale, a family bickers around their mother’s terminal illness.
Sunday, November 9 2008
Kristin Scott Thomas delivers the performance of the year in Philippe Claudel’s I’ve Loved You So Long, and tells Mazur how she did it.
Thursday, November 6 2008
The Universe of Keith Haring digs under the artist's pop veneer and goes all the way to the surface, finding some kind of meaning in simplicity.
Thursday, October 30 2008
The 20th anniversary DVD release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is less a greatest-hits package than a reminder of simple joys, like mocking lousy movies.
Tuesday, October 28 2008
While Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a wonderful tale of a tortured man and his experiment, I’ll take Hollywood’s version of the block-headed monster any day.
Thursday, October 23 2008
Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is performance art as civilization-annihilating Godzilla, whereas Eastwood's Changeling is a film that wins the stranger than fiction category, hands-down.
Thursday, October 16 2008
For all of Spike Lee's status as the eternal Young Turk, he's also a moviemaker who came of age just a few years after the brat pack of Spielberg, Scorsese, de Palma, et al.
Sunday, October 12 2008
What could have been a brave film turned out lukewarm, lost in its own self-importance, stripped of its feminist overtones and watered down for mass consumption.
Thursday, October 9 2008
Watching Mike Leigh’s sublimely fresh Happy-Go-Lucky, you could be forgiven for wondering what the rest of humanity is so depressed about, anyway.
Tuesday, October 7 2008
Takahiko Iimura read about the American underground film movement and began making experimental works based only on what he'd read. Soon he was a leading experimental filmmaker.
Monday, October 6 2008
During the rare moments when Charles Bukowski's vulnerable side are shown, they manage to break through the "dirty old man" parody of himself that he had become.
Thursday, October 2 2008
Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Jose Saramago’s Blindness fails because the source material doesn’t easily lend itself to cinema, and because the filmmaker is clearly out of his depth.
Thursday, September 25 2008
The world of The Duchess should have been one of fiery tumult, but little of that foment makes it into this film’s garden party landscape.
Wednesday, September 24 2008
Bert Williams in blackface started a conversation about representing blackness within a mainstream context that has continued through virtually every crossover moment in black American life.