Tuesday, April 26 2005
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.
On the demise of the Nat 'King' Cole Show, the star famously remarked, 'Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.' When I Fall in Love: The One and Only hardly rectifies or sheds light on this disgrace in American broadcast history. However, in focusing on the hits, the DVD highlights the beauty of Cole's music for both the casual and critical music listener.
Thursday, April 14 2005
Director Kassell says, 'There's Kyra Sedgwick beating the shit out of Carlos Leon. I love this scene.'"
Tum doesn't so much triumph over adversity as take advantage of idiotic and inept opponents.
Part derivative, part original, and part twisted, the film quotes obviously from other serial killer films, beginning with its first shot.
Death, or that state 'beyond natural color', is Short Cuts' common denominator.
It is your basic road movie, tracking three teenage girls who fake being kidnapped, steal a car, and skip town.
Prisoner of Paradise is a fitting rebuke to Life is Beautiful. Entertainment is a diversion, not a survival strategy.
It is cinematic cotton candy, dissolving the moment it hits the tongue.