Sunday, January 1 1995
The Hungarian film, 'Daniel Takes a Train', explores at length the tensions and sorrows that befall the lives of political refugees and details how those lives persist, even in the grim face of war.
Hassan Yektapanah's 'Djomeh' is perhaps the strangest and most rewarding romance you'll see all year.
Domestic Disturbance goes through the motions, slowly at first, and then with a speed that would seem remarkable if you cared a whit what was going on.
Deterrence, Rod Lurie's directorial debut, two years in the works, repeats the many overworked cliches of the nuclear paranoia pics of the early '80s, but comes nowhere near the achievement of kiddie classics like War Games, Fail Safe, The Longest Day, or even the melodramatic made-for-TV event, The Day After.
What is it about food movies that makes critics and arthouse audiences drool?.
And so, here comes Mr. Rock, invading the white folks' world with something approximating a vengeance.
There's something satisfying about watching a beleaguered woman get revenge on a lowdown-scumsucker of a husband. True, there's also something satisfying about substantive characters and plots without whopping big holes in them. But you can't have everything.
We're stuck, 'Dr. T & The Women' seems to say. Men and women: this is simply how we are.
Pierre Morel's film maintains a healthy tension, as Damien believes in 'the law' and Leïto is never convinced of its efficacy or good intentions.
It seems only a film as schizophrenic as 'Dancer in the Dark' would suit Björk, what with its melancholic moments of quiet and curious explosions of sound.
With all this avowed dedication to D&D, its values and ethics, its alternative vision of a utopic world, and all the time it took Courtney Solomon to secure funding for the film, you would think he could have come up with a much better movie than the one we see here.
That said, as I understand it, the game has long been invested in a vague racial equality, though in the film this translates mostly to elves and dwarves taking sides with the boy-humans against those tiresome, self-aggrandizing Mages.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie has lost none of its relevance or power, and is well worth seeing again on the big screen, if only to remind ourselves how good it is not to be unscrupulously comfortable.
The last 'Dolittle' film was a successful commercial film. The trouble is, the sequel is a far less noble beast. Many of the beats (and beasts) from the first film are here too, but despite being written by Larry Levinson, one of the co-authors of the first script, it just doesn't work as well.
Tim Robbins has never been shy about being one of them damn Hollywood liberals -- pro-union, anti-death penalty, solidly Green, married to Susan Sarandon.