Friday, January 16 2009
Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.
Wednesday, January 14 2009
Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.
Sunday, December 21 2008
Thursday, September 18 2008
Friday, September 12 2008
Ozzie (John Malkovich) embodies the problem of the CIA, of the "intelligence community," which is that it reacts to data, then fashions a story about it to comport with the reaction.
Tuesday, September 9 2008
From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.
Friday, September 1 2006
A woefully timid, allegedly paranoid, political thriller short on thrills, shorter on paranoia, and shortest on politics.
The Sentinel thus sets up a conflict between two exceptionally earnest masculine icons -- Kiefer Sutherland and Michael DOuglas -- all furrowed brows and low-talking intensity.
Friday, April 21 2006
I suppose if you're going to cast the deliriously overexposed Eva Longoria -- and give her a weapon, to boot -- you might as well make fun of the fact that you've done so.
Monday, August 25 2003
Bingo's handful of good scenes usually have less to do with the dog than with humans who struggle with their inability to manipulate tools.