Monday, December 6 2004
As he inhabits a movie based on a Joyce Carol Oates short story, Arnold is all kinds of metaphor.
Infernal Affairs is endlessly stylish.
The real thrill of Horns and Halos is watching an upstart DIY publisher make a noticeable dent by championing what everyone else might see as a lost cause.
Sunday, December 5 2004
The filmmakers start to draw out a larger message: The Drug War was a second American Civil War, led by a racist Southern family named Bush, to re-imprison blacks and other minorities.
Monday, November 29 2004
Structured as a tale that is in the process of being told, Zhou Yu's Train cuts back and forth in time and across locations.
As Eve, a young woman whose life unravels following her diagnosis with multiple personality disorder, Joanne Woodward is spectacular.
Profound as Coalhouse walker's story might be, Ragtime is about far more.
Hero reimagines history in a way that underlines its tragedy.
The kidnapping sets in motion a thriller that doubles as a character study, delving into Wayne and Eileen's strained marriage.
'In Japan,' says Takeshi Kitano, 'cops and yakuzas are the only two occupations that deal with death or violence daily.'"
Sunday, November 28 2004
The DVD serves as confirmation that, yes, Norah is Norah, and effectively drives home everything that has now become part of the 'Norah Package'. Quiet, withdrawn demeanor? Check. Slow, peaceful tunes? Check. Total control over a positively velvet voice? Check.
Wednesday, November 24 2004
If Alex is the dad, Louie is the drunk uncle who visits without calling first.
The material shows how much the SCTV crew did not engage in either obvious parody or simple knee-jerk laughs.
Arrested Development is Bad Behavior writ large, and it is the most consistently funny half-hour to grace the Idiot Box in a long time.
A film that sheds light on discrimination and energetically calls for a re-evaluation of U.S. priorities.
Roadgames is ultimately a clever Hitchcockian soufflé that 'is full of air, but rises nicely.'"
The Hammer remains confused and conflicted, almost apologetic for who he is.
Tuesday, November 23 2004