Wednesday, December 22 2004
It is slightly odd to see Robert DeNiro so young and handsome, giving a performance so deftly naturalistic.
As our own physical reality becomes more entwined with virtual ones, Ghost in the Shell couldn't be more apt.
This searing documentary argues against the use of near-slave-level migrant labor, implying that the United States' economy would collapse without it. In making this case, the film indicts a first world population that doesn't want to do its own dirty work.
Amid all the overreaching, expensive, mostly tacky ambition of the summer's movies, it's good to see a B-movie that knows what it is.
Tuesday, December 21 2004
Love them or hate them, the events documented in Miles Electric cast giant waves upon the jazz world that would be weathered for decades to come.
Monday, December 13 2004
Star Trek remains enjoyable today in ways that other, similarly important or influential shows do not.
Joss Whedon says, 'We sort of worship at the same altar. Me and my staff are the biggest Buffy nerds alive.'
One angle on this newness was the boys' deep friendships, masculine and competitive but also tender and intimate.
Uncomfortable with his abilities (they have come on him like a virus), Peter repeatedly returns to his central question: Who am I?"
'When you do a love story as part of your film, you need to do a lot of love scenes, so we can see the lovers together,' explains Garry Marshall.
What sets this Naked Jungle apart is a remarkably astute depiction of the collision of the sexes, in its addition of a mail order bride for the protagonist.
'It's harder and harder to make straight-ahead sci-fi and straight-ahead comic book movies,' says Akiva Goldsman.
Sunday, December 12 2004
The real story with Pet Shop Boys and with Somewhere is the music, and on that point the show is flawless.
Monday, December 6 2004
When playing Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland observes, 'Everything that's happening at any given moment is more important than anything else in the world.'
Appearing during the Reagan revolution's pronounced backlash against the homeless/poor/people of color, Homey offered a counter-narrative.
The saga of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is an apt reflection of what might be termed a global fear.