Thursday, September 23 2004
7th Heaven is at once comforting for its predictability and 'niceness' and irritating for how poorly it reflects the world.
Outfoxed makes the case that Fox News is the video component of the Republican National Committee.
Naked in New York tries to distinguish itself through flights of fancy, but these are too brief, as if director Daniel Algrant can't commit.
It's difficult to know what to do with hideous alien invaders who only want to be daddies.
Carandiru is about how stories are told, what they mean to different listeners, how they create identities and communities.
Wednesday, September 22 2004
Monday, September 20 2004
Concerns Cady's transformation, as she's subjected to high school and the 'mean girls' who prowl its corridors.
Coffee and Cigarettes is a return, of sorts, for Jim Jarmusch.
Wednesday, September 15 2004
Parker and Stone's project is sometimes hobbled by their apparent belief that anything offensive is inherently purgative.
'Joe's abandonment is like a political act and a political philosophy, he's a libertine and a libertarian,' says Tilda Swinton.
The Roughnecks characters are caught between blandness and a semi-cartoon stylization.
A carnival of clichés, the film offers a bleak Pacific Northwest location, where it pours atmospheric buckets of foreboding.
Tony Scott enthuses, 'I had such a brilliant smorgasbord of really odd, strange personalities and different looks.'"
For a genre of music that was borne out of hardship, and featured some of music history's most powerful and poignant material, its striking how tame The Blues is.
This passionate intellectual journey through the first two centuries of Christianity is the perfect antidote to The Passion of the Christ.
The film is now out on DVD, a bare-bones release ideal for dissection, isolating the best and worst of Murphy.
Mario Van Peebles came up understanding the power of images as a means to incite and reveal revolution.
Wednesday, September 8 2004
What emerges here is a painfully generic potboiler briefly masquerading as softcore porn.
Leland meets a teacher who's been tending to young hard cases for too long.
'I wasn't thinking about making a film,' says one documentary filmmaker. 'I just happened to be there and it was history in the making.'"