Monday, December 24 2001
Never mind that Leopold is clueless when it comes to actual labor or the concept of class; as long as he's upper, he has no need to know anything more.
Ali embodies a kind of car-wreck charisma -- arrogant and self-conscious, beautiful and fierce, even on twenty-year-old tape, he can take your breath away. This ability to mesmerize makes Ali who he is, or more accurately, who everyone wants him to be. He's a cipher and a screen onto which viewers might project themselves.
Thursday, December 20 2001
Full-length computer-animated features have, thus far, fallen into the realm of children's fantasy.
It gets points for knowing what it is, a formulaic PG picture without pretensions to grandeur (and for not being 'The Majestic').
Meth is, as always, an exceedingly charismatic presence, and his partner an able comic foil.
Tuesday, December 18 2001
Jan Svankmajer taps into the appeal of the maternal horror story.
What is potentially most urgent about 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is how it reflects the tenor of our time.
Sunday, December 16 2001
S E T L I S T The Funny BirdChainsTides of the MoonTonite It ShowsDelta Sun Bottleneck StompHolesFriterringLincoln’s EyeNite and FogLittle RhymesYou’
Saturday, December 15 2001
The one thing you never want to hear at a concert, as the band takes the stage, with the lead singer conspicuously absent: “So I
Friday, December 14 2001
They Caught Me Smilin’ Agin Forged in the fabled hamlet of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Drive-By Truckers are magnificent in concert. Magnificent, that is, if
Thursday, December 13 2001
Moreover, the film asserts, if you're not careful in your dealings with people, you'll end up with no self and no life, in that big empty Times Square in your head.
What is perhaps most successful about 'Not Another Teen Movie' is its commentary on the obsessive and incessant whiteness of the genre.
There is also no end, at least as a Western viewer might imagine it, to the desert culture represented here, the traditions and meanings of Afghanistan, before, during, and perhaps after, the Taliban.
Wednesday, December 12 2001
Demon pop. All I could think watching Blonde Redhead’s two hour set at New York’s Irving Plaza was that this band must surely
Monday, December 10 2001
Gwen Stefani is the perfect girl. At once eternally self-confident and vulnerable, playful and tough, Stefani brings all the confusing (and often paradoxical) characteristics of
I’m not sure how Every Single Saturday classify themselves, whether they prefer to be called a power-pop band, or an alternative rock band, or
Johnny Cash created something new, a visceral, holy, and violent brand of folk music that passed itself off as 'country' when country was busy schlocking things up in Nashville, while folk was the province of hippie bubbleheads.
Sunday, December 9 2001
Wait—did he drop the guitar on purpose? The song continued, but James Walsh quit playing in the midst of the action, visibly overwhelmed and
Saturday, December 8 2001
Nikka Costa is Jesse Helms’ worst nightmare come to rock your town. If Nikka Costa didn’t exist, Prince would have to invent her. Thirty-three