Friday, July 29 2005
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.
Director Ki-Hyung Par considers Acacia his personal statement on adoption in Korea.
Wednesday, July 27 2005
While the Pretenders admittedly aren't saving the world, in High Fidelity Nick Hornby suggested that some people might be able to extract the meaning of life from one of their chord changes.
Reflecting its long gestation period, Twenty Bucks seems ageless, its photography and art direction creating an ambiguous timestamp.
Before you've had time to acclimate yourself to any themes and motifs, before you have any context, you've already been assaulted.
Tuesday, July 26 2005
Still, 250 hours of footage, and none of it showed up on this DVD...? Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"
Here again, you'll experience the split-level ranch house, beaded vests, Astroturf, and 'groovy' vocabulary.
Monday, July 25 2005
Of course, there is always something perpetually upsetting about seeing an animated fetus moving through an inky-black universe of German screams and scraping metal.
Jack's experience fragments so radically and time turns so out of joint that you might think he's insane, as do his white-coated doctors.
Selling poison to the denizens of a small Slavic village, she's a one-woman Murder, Incorporated.
Sunday, July 24 2005
She's your private belly dancer and singer who knows what love has got to do with it.
Friday, July 22 2005
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004 (2004): Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Steve Carell, St
While Stewart makes no bones about his own preferences, Republicans, Democrats, and reporters all come in for the same rowdy treatment.
Bad Girls makes the battle-scarred ladies of Lark Hall into minor heroines.
It's billed as 'a documentary about stuff', but it's really about self-identity and interpersonal relationships, and how our personal belongings serve as extensions of our selves.
Thursday, July 21 2005
Despite his muscle-headed tendencies, it's hard not to love Tim Taylor.
Bill and Ted have barely a brain between them and speak in brilliantly realized Surferese: they're that guy you know who still snickers at the double entendres in Van Halen album titles.
Wednesday, July 20 2005
Roxy, bless her, is acutely practical: 'Everybody can't get a monument, otherwise the world'd be one big-ass graveyard.'
This near obsessive concern for Emily's well-being also limits Evie's experience, even her desire for experience.
Tuesday, July 19 2005
It's porn of a particular sort, less arousing than hideous, but improbably, grimly titillating all the same.