Tuesday, January 13 2004
In a world filled with bumbling and ineffectual adults, the boys are each other's only source of support and information.
S.W.A.T. knows what it is, namely, an expensive, hyper-actionated, CD-selling, multi-raced and multi-buddied flick.
The fact that Matt is a black man only makes these several lines of pursuit more complicated and more resonant.
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Those who can see through the opulent décor, costumes, and chiaroscuro lighting will find some film-buffy delights.
This may be the first film in history in which a man trying on a pair of slippers carries emotional resonance.
Though she swears that she has come to believe in Hitler's inherent evil, she also uses the word 'love' several times to describe her one-time feelings for him.
Like many 24-year-olds, Xavier has a jumble of ideas in his head.
Tuesday, December 23 2003
It is a most provocative, potent, and important film. And as the current war against and occupation of Iraq continue, the film looms like a kind of shadow, an increasingly alarming cautionary tale.
Monday, December 15 2003
Johnny Depp spent time learning to swordfight, so that Captain Jack Sparrow could be poised and everready -- in a word, the Muhammad Ali of swordfighters.
Allan Quartermain is complex, to be sure, resenting imperialism even as he embodies it.
Raises a perennial question: if they can make a decent movie out of The Bridges of Madison County, why not a great one out of one of the best novels of the 20th century?"
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan bring an appealing mutual affection to the remake of Freaky Friday.
Michael Powell's work reveals the unshakable conviction that film should overwhelm the audience with an artist's deliberately crafted vision.
Whatever it 'means,' Eraserhead makes clear that no one since the glory days of pre-color Hollywood understands the dramatic power of monochrome moviemaking better than David Lynch.
Tuesday, December 9 2003
In 1952, Victory at Sea not only sold new televisions, but a new conflict as well.
Some of the images presented here are so astonishing and exquisite that one can hardly believe that they came from unaltered wild animal footage.
Akira Kurosawa, the man who made Yojimbo and Ran, casts a long shadow -- sometimes even over the stories he tells.
It's tempting to imagine what extras might have been like for a Gigli DVD, given that the film received what had to be the most vehement critical drubbing of any released this past year.
It's ability to inspire terror is indicative of its creators' amazing craftsmanship.
Draws much of its visual and dramatic effectiveness from Preminger's intelligent use of the screen process of the 1950s, Cinemascope.