Tuesday, August 9 2005
Chytilová starts by asking an interesting question: isn't it rational to eat from the tree of knowledge?"
Friday, August 5 2005
This gorgeous IMAX film turns very different groups of people into a noble primitive mass.
Peter Sellers creates a calm-before-the-storm tension between this persona and later violent outbursts.
Wednesday, August 3 2005
It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.
Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.
Tuesday, August 2 2005
Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.
In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.
Monday, August 1 2005
Ryan Larkin is smothered by his own work, unable to meet others' expectations but still swamped by a desire to create.
The men's relationship is rerouted through any number of bizarre set pieces, the sort of brilliant incongruity that Fuller loved to wreak.
Sunday, July 31 2005
In spite of the poor video quality, the new Dual Disc release is a historical document worth preserving, remarkable for the fact that a record of the show even exists.
Friday, July 29 2005
The players in Tilt have so little respect for poker that the honor of the game is lost amid shaky deals and legs getting snapped.
Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's desire to rehabilitate the sitcom not only meant changing the way characters interact with each other, but also the show's structure.
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.