Tuesday, March 25 2003
Put simply, the eyes cannot be trusted, not in film noir generally, and especially not in In a Lonely Place.
The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.
Cassavetes himself was not happy with his script.
Tuesday, March 18 2003
On its surface a classic fairytale, it can also be read as commentary on Hollywood's role in wartime America.
There's a cautionary tale in the notion that life sometimes imitates art enough to destroy both, and this piece might have striven harder to assess which is the greater American tragedy.
Meditates on the space these celebrity athletes occupied for their respective societies, serving as reluctant folk heroes and symbols for their nations.
Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.
Sedgwick was one of the Tragic Muses, those women who did not so much make things happen as stand still and allow things to happen to them.
'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.
Friday, February 28 2003
In effect, J.J. became the comic relief from which there was no relief.
The Who's rock opera Tommy still rocks.
Giuseppe Piccioni is no cynic (or he pretends not to be), but he does have a healthy respect for the many ways in which people fail to come together.
For all the violence, Heavy Metal 2000's sexual iconography remains its major attraction, and that is mostly because it is everywhere.
It is about kids played by adults, a comedy, a tragedy, a buddy movie, a heist picture, a romance, an exercise in style, and a paean to B-movies and American gangster films.
When the greatest compliment that can be paid a film is 'Shatner was good,' you know you're looking at a new depth of badness in contemporary cinema.
Thursday, January 30 2003
So physically vigorous is It All Starts Today that at times, it resembles an action picture staged before blackboards and on playgrounds.
There's much more going on 'outside' of the film . . . than inside it.
Thursday, January 23 2003
Justine contends with lascivious lesbians, foppish fags, and bombastic bullies at every turn.
Focuses on the disintegration of a friendship between two Italian youths who fall victim to the state's juvenile detention system.