Friday, August 12 2005
While CG was sweeping American cineplexes, other parts of the world still worshipped at the shrine of pen and ink.
Thursday, August 11 2005
This Secret Garden is so faithful to the novel that it plays as a live-action picture book.
These momentary failures of grammar betray a befuddlement at birth and death, that story of origin and destination without which humanness has little meaning.
Wednesday, August 10 2005
While Barney's marginality reinforces Andy's norm by contrast, their coupledom is consistent.
Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.
Tuesday, August 9 2005
When Landlady works in tandem with her husband, they form a stunning and loving pair of fighters, old school and raucous at the same time.
Chytilová starts by asking an interesting question: isn't it rational to eat from the tree of knowledge?"
Friday, August 5 2005
This gorgeous IMAX film turns very different groups of people into a noble primitive mass.
Peter Sellers creates a calm-before-the-storm tension between this persona and later violent outbursts.
Wednesday, August 3 2005
It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.
Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.
Tuesday, August 2 2005
Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.
In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.
Monday, August 1 2005
Ryan Larkin is smothered by his own work, unable to meet others' expectations but still swamped by a desire to create.
The men's relationship is rerouted through any number of bizarre set pieces, the sort of brilliant incongruity that Fuller loved to wreak.
Sunday, July 31 2005
In spite of the poor video quality, the new Dual Disc release is a historical document worth preserving, remarkable for the fact that a record of the show even exists.
Friday, July 29 2005
The players in Tilt have so little respect for poker that the honor of the game is lost amid shaky deals and legs getting snapped.
Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's desire to rehabilitate the sitcom not only meant changing the way characters interact with each other, but also the show's structure.
In Ulrich Thomsen's brilliantly minimalist performance we see the dissolution of a weak man, a man unable to muster the self-possession necessary to control his own destiny.
Thursday, July 28 2005
Director Hayder Mousa Daffar had a dream, to make a documentary about his Iraq. Not, he says, the Iraq that he sees 'on the internet, on the news... bombs and explosions', but a country where people lived, and survived, and aspired for more.