Monday, December 1 2003
Most everything in The Mondo Cane Collection is unconventional, from subject matter to editing and direction.
Hollywood did not allow Holliday to display the full range of her talent and intelligence; most of her roles were variants of the 'dumb blonde'.
Memory fuses with fiction and history, and both are subordinated to Chiyoko's overwhelming drive to fulfill a girlhood desire.
It was one of Melville's most commercially successful features, which comes as little surprise considering the pedigree of its stars.
Its strengths lie not in this improbable plot, but in Hartley's challenges to conventions.
Trapped by time, engaged in meaningless caucuses until they're utterly spent, the adults here are really just interested in beheading each other.
Monday, November 17 2003
Surprise: humans have caused the war after all, and the demonization of the aliens was just a government cover-up.
Sergio Leone never met a portentous entrance he didn't like.
'She's really pretty handy with knives and guns, this girl.'"
'School's no place for kids anymore.'"
Growin' a Beard, then, invites us to laugh, but not necessarily to think.
All three films are concerned with ideas, states of being, and subjective experience.
Caught in the middle, Sophie is the perfect human embodiment of the middle world she inhabits.
The doodles are all bulbous heads, puckered lips and low-slung Cro-Magnon shoulders.
Julie Christie's ageless beauty brings more than sufficient radiance to Afterglow.
Monday, November 3 2003
While The Family Guy's humor often obliterates the boundaries of good taste, it also espouses faith in the American Family.
Pai comes into her own by juggling expectations and desires.
'Steal from us,' Coppola tells today's young directors. It's more than a shame that this is all that's left for anyone to do.
Featuring the long-lost complete version of the film, Criterion's magnificent DVD of The Devil and Daniel Webster illustrates contrasts between Heaven and Hell.
'As a result of their immoral acts, the young people were corrupted, totally. They'd grown up with this kind of violence and were uncontrollable.'"