Tuesday, June 21 2005
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.
Friday, June 17 2005
So it's not Casablanca, but License to Drive does have its moments.
Crush conveys horror in a setting where eruptions of Otherness are barely contained, if also erratically effective.
Thursday, June 16 2005
Long before OJ, James Dean, and William Desmond Taylor, the mysterious death of 25-year-old film star Olive Thomas caused a scandal in 1920.
Wednesday, June 15 2005
While his music is brimming with life and action, his stage presence has always left something to be desired.
The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.
Tuesday, June 14 2005
Star Trek: Insurrection has been left without a defender of its particulars. I volunteer.
Sunday, June 12 2005
The seminal LA punk band that has never quite broken up plays their best songs with their classic line-up on the Sunset Strip. And, to our relief, they still sound like much more than just a punk band.
Friday, June 10 2005
The Travel Channel's World Poker Tour has helped make poker the hottest obsession around.
It is the footage of Klaus Nomi that best demonstrates the immense talent and heart that lie beneath what could have been nothing more than nightclub kitsch.
Thursday, June 9 2005
Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.
Wednesday, June 8 2005
The Bob Newhart Show manages to rise above generic formulas.
Tuesday, June 7 2005
More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.
Sunday, June 5 2005
The poor Vibrators get a bad rap. On the surface, they seem to have a great punk pedigree, but as ubiquitous as they've been, the Vibrators are one of the most derided bands of British punk.
Friday, June 3 2005
The very process of documenting freestyle is at once contradictory and ambitious, futile and crucial.
Thursday, June 2 2005
In The Golden Girls, which can be exceedingly smart, this kind of writing just feels lazy.
The movie toggles over into autopilot, following the flight path established years ago by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.