Monday, July 18 2005
The John Travolta movie starts off on the wrong foot and proceeds downwards.
Friday, July 15 2005
Unfortunately, Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy is the worst version of this wounded genius that ever existed.
Thursday, July 14 2005
Half concert recording, half character study, this documentary is a striking depiction of the effect artists can have on society when they give their all. And the music's sublime.
Parents will want the moral lessons and be glad that the violence of the books is downplayed here. Kids will want the magic.
Wednesday, July 13 2005
With flame in their eyes and clocks around their necks, Public Enemy were setting stages on fire, as showmen with a larger sense of social purpose.
Occasionally patronizing, Randall isn't afraid to hit a girl or pull a gun on one if it's necessary.
Tuesday, July 12 2005
For decades, the Beatles' albums were banned from the Russian people, who risked imprisonment if caught owning them. Nearly four decades later, Paul McCartney played Red Square; as this film shows, the night was magical, joyous, and more than a little heartbreaking.
Francis Ford Coppola's focus on his family, in the film and his memory, could not be more poignant or more public.
Maybe it's asking too much for a lighthearted comedy to raise any significant questions. But it can't be asking too much to expect the film to make sense.
Monday, July 11 2005
Watching this 1983 tearjerker anew is a jarring, surprising experience.
'Maybe this whole war thing wasn't even true,' says Spc. Wilf. 'Maybe it's all burned into my mind now.'"
Friday, July 8 2005
Footballers Wives is sort of a Desperate Housewives meets North Dallas Forty.
The trailer for Gone is a particularly unpretentious distillation of the film's key elements.
Thursday, July 7 2005
Starting Over captures the sting of loving someone despite knowing he is going to break your heart.
Within minutes of its start, Mike Newell's The Good Father has thus established Bill's rage.
Wednesday, July 6 2005
Sling Blade is a piece of true Southern Gothic in the vein of Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews, and (yes, I'll say it) William Faulkner.
Melanie Lynskey, despite being underused in the film, says more with a couple of gestures and expressions than anyone else does with dialogue.
Tuesday, July 5 2005
Jeannie Epper actually stands for longevity, not retirement, the example that Bell might follow once all the bright lights disappear.
Lalita is daring independent whose education involves coming to terms with both her constraining heritage and her desire to fit in.
Friday, July 1 2005
Prime Cut is like a giant absurdist painting.