Tuesday, May 5 2009
Dismissed as too depressing in 1988, Mickey Rourke's self-penned turn in Homeboy brings an aura of sorrow more nuanced and poetic than that of his celebrated performance in The Wrestler.
Tuesday, April 21 2009
The year Dirty Harry was released (1971) saw several demonstrations of angry cops questioning why criminals had very solid constitutional protections that often interfered with law enforcement work.
Wednesday, April 15 2009
Lee Marvin almost floats through his space, bending his graying hatchet-head forward on his tall lanky body, his loose limbs on the point of uncoiling into savagery when some mug pulls a rod or throws a punch. He's a dangerous gentleman.
Tuesday, April 7 2009
Space is a lonely town, but there's only room for one song-and-dance sheriff in these parts, and his name is Cory McAbee, writer and director of the new space-western musical Stingray Sam.
Thursday, April 2 2009
In Truffaut, the camera works not to keep the viewer out of the constructed reality of the film but rather to draw the viewer into the artifice, to make the viewer complicit in its feigned reality
Thursday, March 19 2009
The auteur is dead, long live the auteur: Orson Welles and Touch of Evil, 50 years on.
Wednesday, March 11 2009
The seemingly smutty and initially baffling title is the collective moniker for a series of Amnesty International benefit concerts, held in London.
Monday, March 2 2009
The camera always gets too close in Cassavetes’ films. These aren’t close-ups; they are invasions of private space.
Tuesday, February 3 2009
These films flaunt their artifice and yet there are moments when something else emerges -- some rarefied emotion that we connect to reality.
Sunday, February 1 2009
Every once in awhile, Britain rules over America. The Office, Spaced, Coupling and other British shows are gradually narrowing the Atlantic-sized gap between the United States and England.
Monday, January 12 2009
Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.
Sunday, January 11 2009
The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.
Thursday, December 4 2008
Rambo is constantly portrayed as judge, jury, and executioner in the national and international spheres.
Monday, November 24 2008
For Baselitz, the true artist is the eternal outsider. While he leads a good bourgeois family life, at his art he becomes a murderer, a man on the fringes of good society, a destroyer.
Wednesday, November 12 2008
As he headed westward in his films, a new, darker Jimmy Stewart helped redefine a genre.
Tuesday, November 11 2008
The oppressor in The Signal is an underlying, parental figure in absentia. It is industrial civilization as pathology, inextricably and somehow willfully divorced from reality.
Monday, November 10 2008
It laboured for years in production, all while its lead actor was at the height of his drug addiction and the press grew wary of its many delays. Finally, the Flaming Lips' full-length film Christmas on Mars is seeing the light of day, and Wayne Coyne couldn't be happier to talk about it.
Wednesday, October 15 2008
Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.
Tuesday, October 14 2008
In Bruce Nauman's art no complacency is allowed to reside. The complacent can only flee.
Monday, October 13 2008
Day Two - A demanding Decalogue overflowing with everything: from fascinating international fare, misbegotten masterworks, some out of the blue bafflers, and that seminal show about “nothing”.