Monday, July 26 2004
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.
'I look older in person than I come across on film,' observes DMX while watching himself in Never Die Alone.
The Manchurian Candidate throws into horrific relief a chaotic sense of U.S. national identity.
In Heartburn, we're not privy to any clues that Mark might be the unfaithful party, even though we know it's a plot device coming down the track like a Metroliner.
'At the beginning, says Bertolucci,' the characters are a bit unshaped, and day after day, you can see them becoming something new, something that didn't exist before.
Anthony Minghella's image of the birds in snow articulates Cold Mountain's aesthetic and themes, its interest in collision and reverie, in nostalgia and resistance.
'It seemed like a microcosm of life,' says Jackie Kallen of boxing.
Sunday, July 11 2004
Tuesday, July 6 2004
CSI Miami presents cases so clinically that it can introduce issues as scandalous as anything on reality TV without appearing exploitative.
'Hip-hop to me,' says Dr. Dre, 'is a way out.'"
Omar Sharif observes, 'It's very difficult for me to find parts at my age, because I have this very peculiar accent which is neither French nor English nor Italian. I'm sort of a foreigner.'
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra constitutes another attempt, lovingly based on bad, low-budget movies, borrowing from and referencing classics.
Indie fanatics will appreciate this behind-the-scenes look at the independent film business set against the backdrop of the Sundance Film Festival.
Monday, June 28 2004
Originally airing from April until December of 2000, the episodes take frequent aim at U.S. culture and politics.
Originally released in 1960, The World of Suzie Wong still elicits both fond remembrance and complete revulsion.