Monday, April 7 2003
Points out that the Qur'an refers to Christians as 'fellow people of the book.'
It's not a standard issue dealer movie, featuring strong performances, a shrewd narrative structure, and subtle, smart resistance to stereotypes.
Jean Gabin compels our attention as much through stillness as through visible exertion.
Carpenter refuses to reduce the violence to a sideshow of blood squibs or special effects pyrotechnics.
Thursday, April 3 2003
Just one listen to Elephant, the fourth and latest offering from Jack and Meg White, is proof enough that the Stripes have come to take us to rock nirvana.
A function of increasing anxieties about security, surveillance technology, and loss of privacy, this sniper is symptomatic.
It's sad that the wife is dead, of course. More painful is the death scene per se, as Vin Diesel has to play something approximating tragedy.
Even the most generous viewer is hit by the absence of rationales, however bizarre or slender, for the film's plot turns.
Paul has the sort of confidence that afflicts good-looking boys used to getting what he wants.