Tuesday, March 18 2003
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.
Even though Sam Phillips recorded many black artists, there are hardly any, aside from Thomas, to be found in the film.
Tuesday, January 21 2003
Friday, January 17 2003
We don't know what's out there, but we're pretty sure it isn't up to any good.
Thursday, January 9 2003
Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.
Lotte Reiniger used film to... investigate the connections between past and present traditions.