Monday, June 7 2004
While the initial twins material is weak, the Hollywood lampoon barely gets off the ground, and the love story is so lightweight, it practically floats.
Ned might have been a criminal in the eyes of the law, but to working class Australians he was a hero wrongly accused.
Aileen's changed self takes shape most immediately and vehemently in response to a psychotic-seeming john who declares his loathing of all 'hookers nowadays'.
The film's most profound understanding is that the moral confusions shaping its protagonists are not particular to them, but surrounding all of us.
It is a landmark event for connoisseurs of war movies, thrill-seekers, and lovers of consummate filmmaking.
When Broomfield suggests that Aileen imagine causes for her behavior rather than focus on the punishment, she backs off.
The bravest thing Ali does is to gesture toward, wonder at, and celebrate Muhammad Ali, and then let go of him.
Monday, May 24 2004
If you're a fan of probably the most popular murder-mystery author of the 20th century, welcome to the motherlode. Sort of.
Such contrasts make Underworld an especially good-looking vampire-werewolf-action film, even if it is over-the-top.
Secrets' literary authorities are primarily interested in relating the text of Tolkien's work with the texts, so to speak, of his life.
Combining conventions and clichés from Westerns and horror films, Bubba Ho-tep is as much about how stories get told as it is a story in itself.
Sunday, May 23 2004
Monday, May 17 2004
Historian Stephen Ambrose relishes stories of GIs who, in the chaos of war and absence of a clear chain of command, trusted their own wits to accomplish their aims.
There's no denying the power in Francis Bacon's work, metaphysical snapshots of a trip into a terrifying nightmare.
Though Chris Stokes describes the concept as 'Let's put West Side Story with Breakin',' the result is less inspired than such a brainstorm might sound"
'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"
Such immersion in Sandy's evolving perceptions shifts the film away from what would seem its generic romance outline.
The semi-autobiographical tale of director Jim Sheridan considers the many complicated ways that 'America' works as idea and experience, the ways it engulfs, consumes, and produces its subjects.