Monday, October 17 2005
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.
Revisiting Over the Edge is always an education, especially if you grew up watching it repeatedly, as I did.
Monday, October 10 2005
The roommates are dysfunctional, narcissistic wrecks who fall in and out of fake love, toasty hot tubs, and bottomless Jack Daniels bottles (literally, since this is a cartoon).
For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.
Friday, October 7 2005
Meticulously straightforward, Paul Kafno's direction of Twelfth Night suits Kenneth Branagh's inconspicuous stage direction.
Thursday, October 6 2005
DG can also mean Deo gratias, and this, by the grace of God, is Dizzy Gillespie in terrific trumpet form when not bringing together his verbal reflections on jazz, its African cultural roots, and continuities across political boundaries and stormy, oily seas.
Wednesday, October 5 2005
Ten years on, much of Pixar's Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, is as sweet and smart as ever.
Director/DP Don Argott is nothing if not enthusiastic about his film, Rock School, and all the choices that went into it.
Tuesday, October 4 2005
Daniel Craig ensures that you see XXXX's mind wheels turning as he confronts each new impasse.
Monday, October 3 2005
This new two-DVD set from New Order reveals a band comfortably situated between art and commerce.
Benny Hill will always be the bastard stepchild of British sketch comedy.
However much one admires their chutzpah and the enthusiasm of their subjects, So Wrong They're Right proves to be more entertaining than edifying.
Friday, September 30 2005
Stewie's time-continuum meddling focuses on insuring that he ends up with a non-retail job and a more tastefully decorated apartment. This is not 12 Monkeys.
Oldboy feels more like an existential drama by Ingmar Bergmann than a brainless action bloodbath.