Monday, August 9 2004
Taut and relentless, Predator pares down, stage by stage.
'The truth is,' says Martha Coolidge, 'we all have to take care of ourselves before we do anything else.'"
'You know, sometimes you use a relative,' says Garry Marshall. 'I heard that nepotism is legal, so I made it an art form.'"
A filmmaker fixated on the continuing past, Hou has become the foremost chronicler of our mortality.
In her discernible contempt, Elle stands in some opposition to Beatrix, whose ferocity is less mean than resolute.
'Being out in the middle of the Arabian desert,' says Mortensen, 'you could easily imagine what it must have been like.'"
Tuesday, August 3 2004
Jennifer Garner embodies a joy that's all too rare on recent movie screens, in adults or kids.
'Johnny's look,' says director David Koepp, 'mostly came from Johnny'.
Strikingly, RoboCop's political insights are as timely today as on its release in 1987.
The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.
Claude Chabrol keeps the forces that threaten to tear the family asunder, for the most part, submerged.
Monday, July 26 2004
Kate Mulgrew's Janeway is a true TV original, probably one of the strongest women ever to exist on the small screen.
Much as creator John Eisendrath asserts that sports is 'colorblind,' Playmakers reveals the many ways that race creates bonds and divisions, expectations and loyalties.
Unlike most TV fare, especially cop shows, Homicide concerns itself with details and asides that don't always come together into thematic wholes.
Lorelai is written to challenge as well as entertain, her dialogue filled with pop culture references delivered at top speed.
It's impossible not to do a little genuine soul-searching while watching, How's Your News? because it reframes disability in terms that aren't super-heroic, but ordinarily virtuous.
Speaking in his commentary track, del Toro is keenly passionate about the film, the character, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
The man had a soul, and the contribution of this lonely fact to American art is worth remembering when all the other nonsense is rightfully forgotten.
Monday, July 12 2004
In this world of unbelievable coincidences, Karma battles fate for the destiny of all involved.
Martin Ritt coaxes a performance from Richard Burton that reveals Leamas as a full-fledged existential hero.