Thursday, January 16 2003
If hip-hop has taught the world anything, it’s that an old sound or sample can be either a thrill-ride or a dull copy. Whether
Imagine putting several centuries of bloody history—dead kings, ruthless mutinies, prison riots, famine, cannibalism, rape—and encasing them in the fragile shell of a
This album marks a major event in the jazz world: bassist/composer Dave Holland decides to lead a big-band project for the first time. Okay,
These days, it’s relatively easy for performers to hide behind studio gimmickry—weak voices and guitars get double-tracked, with boosts of reverb and electronic
Okay, will somebody please tell me what the fuck the name of this band is? The album cover says Terranova, but the press release says
It takes balls to begin an album as pompously as The Coral begin their eponymous debut. The opening bars of country wrangle swagger into a
Presiding over this commotion is the series' preternaturally cool hero, the highly principled and motorcycle-riding Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin).
Joe Millionaire is intent on satisfying the backlash lust of women-hating men.
Abby's writers have an opportunity to develop more fully one character, and give a black woman a star turn.
Unfailingly disciplined, the Dardennes resist glib payoffs and easy answers.
Endeavors to complicate the standard black-white buddy dynamic.
Most often cast as sidekicks, Anthony Anderson has shown repeatedly that he can perform rings around supposed stars.
The women are also functions of a coherent narrative, made comprehensible as embodiments of historical patterns.
A movie of this sort depends on a relentless illogic.
In El Crimen del Padre Amaro, the Catholic Church and its representatives are not immune from earthly corruption and desire.
Wednesday, January 15 2003
Elmore Leonard manages to entertain us and make us think.
The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video by Edited by Nina Damino and Micha
the world unfolding inside it is always interesting and sometimes fascinating.
The glory and thrill of this pivotal game against the backdrop of a troubled country.
Hepinstall's writing comes inflated by high praise.
Patricia Cornwell has gone ... silently and irretrievably mad"