Wednesday, August 24 2005
A non-anonymous set by a pianist the expert employment agency of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra booked, trio then suddenly unaccompanied swinging in a two-handed style with Jaki Byard for precedent. You get to see him play all but one track on an accompanying DVD.
The commentary tracks repeatedly demonstrate the mutual respect and camaraderie of the Simpsons veterans.
D quotes Tupac -- 'Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal' -- and hip-hop saves the nation.
Tuesday, August 23 2005
You want the happy ending and Truman's self-assertion, even if that desire is shaped by those ideologies and ideals marketed by both Truman Shows.
Monday, August 22 2005
The band's comet-like rise and fall is a great story, but you won't learn about it here.
The 1971 Sean Connery film recounts the true story of an ill-fated 1928 expedition to the North Pole. In a dirigible.
The Ashton Kutcher vehicle tries to make use of its stars' appeals, structuring a regular romantic comedy out of charmingly imperfect, well-performed moments.
Friday, August 19 2005
Tying the Knot makes a passionate plea for same-sex marriage rights.
Thursday, August 18 2005
As Judd Apatow points out, 22 minutes is a challenging timeframe for developing characters, making jokes, and advancing the plot.
Wednesday, August 17 2005
This is a gorgeous piece of work with superior production values, a mystical, haunting score, and superb young actors.
Tuesday, August 16 2005
Like the guys, the girls are undone by their reliance on conventional male power signs.
Monday, August 15 2005
Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes demonstrates that French directors can challenge America's best in the saccharine stakes.
The Bottom of the Sea is a thriller, but not for the usual reasons.
Friday, August 12 2005
Beyond the Roy factor, the likely reason for Father of the Pride's failure is that it's just a really odd show.
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.