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.
Hitch's combination of expertise and endearing clumsiness makes use of a few too many clichés.
Thursday, June 30 2005
This may well be the first film where the Prince of Darkness is merciful, tolerant, and even politically centered.
Wednesday, June 29 2005
Natsuhisa poses as something of a mentor to Haruji, but also reveals a low-grade competitiveness that will soon spiral into full-blown resentment and malice.
Tuesday, June 28 2005
Nostalgia for the '90s rears its ugly neon head? Say it ain't so Damon.
What begins as a remarkable story of two old soldiers in the war on apathy turns into a solemn look at the ravages and revenge of age.
To convince Brad Garrett to wear a wrestling singlet, director Adam Shankman reminded him that 'Dignity is trumped by funny.'"
Monday, June 27 2005
It's hard to dislike Hellraiser: Deader, despite the fact that in many ways it's a disappointing film.
Friday, June 24 2005
We are introduced to Mark as he's lying in bed unable to move, from his room, also his sanctuary from the uncontrollable world around him.
Thursday, June 23 2005
Though Gigot harbors no real affinity for the tenants, he can't tell them when he's annoyed or out of sorts due to his being mute.
Wednesday, June 22 2005
DVD release of a 1985 concert by the pianist and his crack band of proto-smooth jazz fusioneers.
'I guess there's no such thing as safe sex with a werewolf,' whines one victim.
Tuesday, June 21 2005
The 1985 documentary in which Der Schtingle forms his first post-Police band and demonstrates for the first time that he will soon become a hopelessly pretentious British pretty boy.
A year-round California lifeguard, Rick Carlson (pre-gray Sam Elliott) has resisted the pull of others' expectations longer than most of us do.
More disturbingly, Hostage is about the failure of certainty.
Monday, June 20 2005
While the outcome is obvious (generic rules apply), Jackson is sharp and relatively restrained.