Thursday, May 5 2005
While Zhang and Zhang's commentary track emphasizes the sheer effort that went into the film's production -- training, research, special effects work, hours on the set, physical hardships -- it also suggests the good time they shared.
I knew what a Groucho Marx impression was before I knew who Groucho Marx was.
Beaches is the Goliath of those epic '80s melodramas, squashing patience and dignity and tact.
Tuesday, April 26 2005
In the final episode of God, the Devil and Bob, titled 'Bob Gets Involved', Bob (voiced by French Stewart) goes on a rampage against rap music.
Retribution leads to violence, such that the next generation of brothers, Tim and Chris, are tossed into yet another vacuum of fear, guilt, and suspicion.
In Diego Lerman's generous film, going bankrupt is an excuse for spending less time shopping and more time meeting potential friends and lovers.
These moments serve no real purpose other than to let all us know all the kinds of hilarious and odd things that can happen during restaurant rush hour.
For viewers, it's a chance to see works by emerging filmmakers in easily digestible, small chunks.
Ooky ambiguity is one thing. Incoherence is another.
To the artist hell-bent on changing the world, little victories are never enough; there's always another person to reach, always another fire to start, always another convention to raze..
Perhaps the most vehemently anti-war film of its era, Bitter Victory has no time for Greatest Generation mythologizing.
Monday, April 25 2005
A packed and smoky club... San Francisco... 25 November 1981... The nexus between the fading remnants of punk and disco and the germination of new wave... What better ambassador to represent the changing times than the remarkable James Osterberg?"
Sunday, April 24 2005
Claire Forlani goes so far as to call Shadows in the Sun her Il Postino. Oy.
Monday, April 18 2005
It should come as no surprise that Dynasty: The Complete First Season oozes the '80s.
Stand By Me is always worth celebrating.
Reform School Girl is a tepid straight-to-cable remake of a tepid 1957 drive-in flick.
Dolls lingers on heartbreak but doesn't say much about it.
Sunday, April 17 2005
As dysfunctional as they were influential, the Ramones survived more than two tumultuous decades together to become the preeminent voice and image of punk rock.
Don't let the lousy packaging fool you or the hyperbole scare you. Beneath it all is a compelling look at a man who's much more than 'That other guy in the Rat Pack'.
This cheap and easy 'documentary' doesn't go very deep into Darin's biography, psyche, or contribution to the arts, but it nonetheless contains some enjoyable footage.