Tuesday, December 28 2004
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.
I'd love to know what Orwell thought of this re-appropriation, if he felt the themes and intent were bastardized, if the CIA thing got his blood hot.
Monday, December 27 2004
It brings together 13 videos from across the pop-punk and hardcore spectrum into one collection.
Harrison fans will certainly find enjoyment in watching this DVD, but knowing that it could've been so much more without a great deal more effort... that's just downright depressing.
Wednesday, December 22 2004
Reasoning that 'a white man can get away with anything today,' Stander sets out to distract the police as well as show up their prejudice.
Demme's movie reasserts that the fabled U.S. political landscape isn't transparent or democratic, but instead, corrupted by the individuals who manage it.
'The idea of these young boys being taken away from home at a young age... reminded me a lot of my own culture,' says director Antoine Fuqua.
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?"