Sunday, February 29 2004
The power of the film resides in Zevon's directness. He never seems to forget that he's dying, yet he keeps his life from taking on either a romantic sheen or a pitiful skin.
It's a great concept: a rock concert that is layered in such a way as to act as a meta-commentary about rock concerts.
Monday, February 23 2004
UFO's primary appeal lies in its sometimes brutal battles between humans and aliens.
Jon Lovitz's alter ego allows for his two biggest strengths as a performer: sarcasm and ironic overacting.
The first episode features the sort of graphic violence one would expect to see in an R-rated film.
Edward Dmytryk makes fine use of the French Quarter's Byzantine ironwork, its shadowy foyers, and the Escher-like twists of its courtyards and balconies.
Failure is always just one letter away.
Her capacity for intense focus, as Polley observes, makes Ann seem unusual, 'incredibly efficient and practical'.
At the first moment you see Maggie (Cate Blanchett) on screen in Ron Howard's The Missing, you know this is one of those Cate Blanchett tough-girl projects.
Lost in Translation one-ups its peers with better music, prettier shots, and a more charismatic lead, but its racism is all the more insidious for being wrapped in a pleasing package.
The most impressive extra on the DVD of The Fighting Temptations is a selection of 'extended music numbers'.
Le Brun's voiceover catalogues her own reactions: anger at the doctors' indifference, frustration, and at last, acceptance.
Tuesday, February 10 2004
Unlike cartoons that target adults, SpongeBob doesn't employ cynicism, crude humor, sarcasm, or biting social commentary.
Snoopy is the kids' only reliable chaperone and role model, and manages to tag along even on the most dog-inappropriate excursions.
At the end of the day, the truth can never compete with a good story.
William Gibson is a visionary in his own right, and painting him into the reductive sci-fi corner is akin to missing the point of his work.
Suggests repeatedly that AIDS is brought on by individual actions.
If ever there was a filmmaker made for DVD commentaries, it is Robert Rodriguez.
'It's all a series of mistaken identities, and how our thinking is like that, that we think we've seen something, but we actually haven't quite seen it all.'"
For Valentin (Jeremy Irons), the thrill of the caper just isn't getting it done any longer.