Thursday, June 27 2002
In Cal Cunningham, Colapinto has created a character so urbanely amoral and artlessly adept at deception of self and others that he could have stepped out of the pages of 'The Portrait of Dorian Gray'.
Because modern art is really about modern humanity's struggle to overcome the artistic prisons of the past and you need to know that.
The only real knock on '20 Million Miles to Earth' is one that more or less dogged Harryhausen throughout his career: his creations are more animate and sometimes infinitely more interesting than their live actor costars.
Think Troma's 'Toxic Avenger' or Full Moon's 'Puppetmaster' with naked teenagers and you're there.
It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.
This is The City, so often viewed as anonymous and unfriendly, especially in children's programming, at its best.
It is clear about what it is, a study of affect that is also affected.
Where [the ghost] becomes a relatively benign presence for Carlos and the other boys ['The Devil's Backbone'], the same cannot be said for the living adults.
Wednesday, June 26 2002
Documentarian Michael Apted doesn't allow any sequence to run long enough for good manners to disappear and feelings (rather than public rationalizations of feelings) to emerge.
Examines our consumer culture in a way that is less venal and less macho than the usual heist movie.
It is easy to assume that Johnny will end up using his powers to make the world a better place, a sort of psychic version of 'Touched by an Angel', minus the sermons.
Tuesday, June 25 2002