Wednesday, May 18 2005
Not only is the character difficult by heroic biopic standards, but his story combines radical thinking, extraordinary generosity, and supreme egotism.
Monday, May 16 2005
As Koji and Junco drift apart, not only is their dialogue minimal, but they also appear repeatedly framed by windows and doorways.
Parker and Stone plainly love the size of this outrageous project, but they also understand and show off how silly that love is.
'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"
Pete Rose so badly wants people to think he's a good guy that he presents Rose the legend, never Rose the man.
Friday, May 13 2005
One could argue that Star Trek: Enterprise's liberal ideology is a reflection of the Clinton years.
Instead of building to a final showdown, the movie seems one continuous climax that is completely exhausting.
Thursday, May 12 2005
The Partisans of Vilna allows viewers to enter the Vilna ghetto and the lives of its youthful defenders.
Wednesday, May 11 2005
Old Liverpudlians never die; they just keep playing songs from their back catalog until their voice finally gives out.
I Love Lucy was one of the few sitcoms that knew how to manage its guest stars, either in wonderful character bits or as themselves.
All this stuff only emphasizes that the film is a mighty endeavor and the kids trained long and hard.
Tuesday, May 10 2005
You know something's wrong with your film when the most interesting thing in it is a 20-second scene featuring Robert Sean Leonard.
The film is famous and respected for many reasons, not least because of the dramatic storylines it waves together so gracefully.
Thursday, May 5 2005
Egotistical and utterly deluded as to his own popularity, Toad's adventures are by far the series' best, owing much to David Jason's maniacal performance.
Arresting for any number of reasons -- graphic violence, extreme masculinity, harsh language -- Oz also brilliantly inventive with its percussive soundtrack.
Gable here is grown older, alone, and confronting his own irrelevance at the dawn of the '60s.
Apparently, the production suffered from ego problems on set, similar to those bothering the characters.
As Shane Carruth notes, the time travelers are like 'kids in a clubhouse,' poking around because it's fun and vaguely new, which leaves them unprepared for what comes.
Noam Chomsky is also a walking primer on how to be a public intellectual.
While Zhang and Zhang's commentary track emphasizes the sheer effort that went into the film's production -- training, research, special effects work, hours on the set, physical hardships -- it also suggests the good time they shared.