Monday, January 10 2005
Shocking and mocking his way through the mid-'80s comedy scene, Bill Hicks invited controversy with his dark, explicit sexual humor.
'I have to keep doing things that scare me, and this certainly scares me,' says M. Night Shyamalan.
'In case you're wondering,' says director Paul Abascal, 'in this movie, the paparazzi are very sleazy guys.'"
Where other lesbian-themed films might ride the sweat-stained cliché for all it's worth, Cholodenko instead shows restraint.
Made in 1929, Un Chien Andalou is based on the exchange of 'dreams' between two young Spanish artists.
Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.
Sunday, January 9 2005
As he had so masterfully done at Monterey and Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix engulfed Isle of Wight festival goers in a brilliant sea of cosmic sights and sounds. No one could have imagined that the 1970 concert would be the Voodoo Chile's last hurrah.
Tuesday, January 4 2005
Clean and sober, Earle's prolific string of seven albums in nine years has been nothing short of masterful. It has also usurped the first half of his career: Earle, formerly competent songwriter, now makes sonically adventurous records with political and social conscience.
Monday, January 3 2005
Gina Gershon's made quite a name for herself as a B-movie actress.
Reba happily infuses the character 'Reba Hart' with the star's own perkiness and sweet spirit.
The 4400 intimates that most of the returnees' integration problems boil down to fear approximating a post-9/11 'dread of difference'.
How did Boy Meets World manage to stay on the air for seven years?.
'The most rewarding thing about working with David,' says cinematographer Frederick Elmes, 'is helping him see the vision through.'"
When Simon enters the picture, it doesn't take much (a few batted eyelashes and Audrey Hepburn in a nightie) for him to overlook her father's crimes.
Sunday, January 2 2005
Tuesday, December 28 2004
The Simpsons has flown below the radar, with the freedom of a cult show and the luxuries of a mass audience.
The animation serves one of the most impressive aspects of the show's first season: the fact that it was largely improvised.
The desolate comedy made by this group of not-strictly professionals is extraordinary, in large part because, as Kári says, it asks viewers to 'use their own imaginations'.
This is the type of movie you can imagine history teachers embracing, on account of the facile and accessible way it tackles the subject matter.
Natalie Portman brings to this sad, strange, vibrant girl her own remarkable, brilliant energy.