Monday, April 14 2003
Living in Oblivion's fine cast works together like a dream.
The majority of Gang Tapes is framed through Kris' camera; it is his eye -- and ours -- on his world.
And with that, the film's innocence-versus-evil course is set.
Both films showcase Fatty Arbuckle's talents for physical comedy.
Monday, April 7 2003
Points out that the Qur'an refers to Christians as 'fellow people of the book.'
It's not a standard issue dealer movie, featuring strong performances, a shrewd narrative structure, and subtle, smart resistance to stereotypes.
Wednesday, April 2 2003
The film is full of perfectly executed scenes.
Jennifer Lopez has made a lucrative habit of reprising her story in most of her fictional incarnations.
The line between victims and violators is almost erased, now that playing by the rules seems little more than an antiquated affectation.
The players at Rucker Park feel like 'superheroes,' and they've got the nicknames and convention-defying games to prove it.
Never sappy, The Awful Truth is at once light on its feet and grounded at heart.
Tuesday, March 25 2003
The sheer number of questions director Masami Obari piles on makes us wonder if even he knows what's going on.
In the case of All in the Family and Sanford and Son, 'groundbreaking' is not an overstatement.
Reveals the liberation offered by non-alienating work and examines the matrices between class and gender, as few other films do.
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.