Monday, April 19 2004
The documentary Journey to Nyae Nyae considers the films' consumption in the West, as they made N!xau a star and raised anthropological interest in the Bushmen.
Monday, April 12 2004
Laced with screwball comedy and high-speed action, the film encompasses more complex themes than the usual sugarcoated 'spirit of Christmas'.
The circus crew is depicted as a cross between Santa's Workshop and the U.S. Army; they are impossibly virtuous, toiling endlessly for the delight of children.
Monday, April 5 2004
Just One of the Guys is worth repeated viewing, especially for Hyser's hilarious and charismatic performance.
Lisa's got what Rad calls 'more firepower than Waco,' in her garage.
The title refers to many 'things,' most simultaneously dirty and pretty.
George Romero's apocalyptic vision looks more like prophecy than fiction.
Monday, March 29 2004
The device aptly serves as metaphor for the risk currently facing Hong Kong cinema, namely, the pursuit of the global mainstream.
It remains one of the few uncompromised representations of black armed resistance in the United States.
Monday, March 22 2004
Something's Gotta Give is best when it backs off the cute dialogue and the actors create their own moments.
The truth is shifty throughout Beyond Borders, primarily because its fiction is filtered through Sarah's eyes.
Monday, March 15 2004
Berkley-educated, Katherine is a 'forward thinker,' a 'bohemian' who believes that education opens doors.
Morvern is a puzzle the film picks at but never quite solves, the focus of its probing but also respectful attention.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon transcends its Catholic specificity to find spiritual truth through humility.
Monday, March 8 2004
If the film is the definitive model of where blaxploitation intersects with sci-fi, as it has so often been regarded, then 2003 was an appropriate year for its return.
Monday, March 1 2004
For Schroeder, gambling becomes a metaphor for the allure of the unknown.
'I'm always going 10 miles too far over the top, and sometimes I have a tendency to go crazy ham and cheese,' says Jack Black.
Sarah is the origin and end of the fiction, its cause and effect simultaneously.
Far too vast to be linear or inclusive, the Godzilla story is actually a lot of stories, many of them contradictory.
She may have been a multimedia moppet, skipping from comic strip to radio to Broadway, but Little Orphan Annie is no movie star.