Tuesday, October 25 2005
In Melinda and Melinda, full of women struggling to make their desires known to men who suppose they know what women want and mean, the women are infinitely less regular and more interesting.
Monday, October 24 2005
Ken Burns is both goofy and deep. He even laughs about wearing people out with the interminable length of his films.
Angela Robinson says the movie shows the 'scope and the joy of being a contender, more than winning, necessarily.' That Herbie allows this 'scope and joy' for a girl driver is mostly delightful.
Friday, October 21 2005
Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.
Thursday, October 20 2005
Maybe Bush wasn't groundbreaking or particularly memorable, but the band deserves better than this incomplete, slapdash cash-grab of a DVD.
The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.
Diabolik and Eva rob from the old, snaggle-toothed, and ugly, as if their precarious self-esteem demands they humiliate those less genetically fortunate.
Wednesday, October 19 2005
The problem: invading aliens. The solution: precocious teenagers. Isn't that always how we save the universe?
Tuesday, October 18 2005
The goodness of this film relates directly to the viewers' like or dislike of Death Cab for Cutie songs.
The film doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning. All these kids, all their experiences, matter.
The same lyrical invention that propels Face's narrative also serves as a stark lesson in the importance of solid plotting.
Monday, October 17 2005
Zelda, when not accompanying Link on Triforce retrieval missions or being kidnapped, is bafflingly obsessed with cleaning the castle.
Given the prison's largely nonwhite population, Paul's friendship with Caretaker (Chris Rock) is invaluable in assembling the team.
Friday, October 14 2005
Despite the sheen of ostensible family-friendly cartoon antics, the series consistently hinges on the trio's passive-aggressive loathing for one another.
Thursday, October 13 2005
Baaba Maal: Senegal is a trip to another world with Baaba leading the way through music, dance, and spirituality.
Some of us want to see messy, contradictory lives on screen. We find escape enough in knowing that, as much as the problems feel familiar, they are not precisely our own.
Wednesday, October 12 2005
Everything about this DVD reeks of crass exploitation at its worst.
Even though the series focuses on German suffering, it does not avoid German racism, anti-Semitism, and intolerance.
Tuesday, October 11 2005
For the last 25 years, Rockers has passed the spirit of Roots, Rock and Reggae on to successive generations. A remastered and re-released DVD promises to continue its legacy.