Friday, March 3 2006
The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers might have made it safe for adults to go back to big-screen comedies in 2005, but it was the latter that reminded those viewers that adulthood doesn't mean growing up -- at least in the traditional sense.
Thursday, March 2 2006
'The Chicago weatherman,' says Nicolas Cage, 'is a very important weatherman, because everyone in Chicago relies on him so much, and if he gets it wrong, it really ruins their day.'"
Tuesday, February 28 2006
My Date With Drew is a starfucking free-for-all, revealing the sad desperation of a film industry fringe-dweller.
Tuesday, February 21 2006
I suppose we should just count ourselves fortunate Capote didn't write any Indian characters into Breakfast at Tiffany's, otherwise Blake Edwards might have asked Peter Sellers to break out the boot polish.
Friday, February 17 2006
As John Madden says, the film's central issue is 'validation', in emotional and familial, as well as mathematical and metaphorical, frameworks.
Thursday, February 16 2006
Call us the Breakfast Club Generation. We are all Molly Ringwald.
Tuesday, February 14 2006
From its early moments -- a focus on the emblematic tape recorder by which Patty Hearst's saga was delivered to journalists amassed in her famous parents' driveway -- Guerrilla breaks down how terrorism becomes a function of its audience.
Monday, February 13 2006
Like the novella by Tamara Faith Berger on which it's based, Lie With Me blurs the boundaries between pornography and art.
Thursday, February 9 2006
'He's homemade,' Joss Whedon says of Mal. 'And he's kind of a schmo a lot of the time.'"
Wednesday, February 8 2006
What did these decent folk finally do to resolve racial inequalities? Well, they elected Nixon, whose policy of 'benign neglect' meant letting the inner city fester and rot.
Tuesday, February 7 2006
The DVD of Elizabethtown is called the Widescreen Special Collector's Edition, though there's not one thing special about it.
Monday, February 6 2006
Stanton appears to have come to terms with at least some of her bad feelings. 'As I was getting old,' she says, 'I decided that I did not want to die with so much hatred in me.'"
Even without many personal freedoms, the Pak and Kim families find ways to express themselves.
Thursday, February 2 2006
With its brilliantly in-depth and astutely investigated look at Chaplin's work, as well as its incredibly detailed and loving reconstruction of lost footage from nearly every phase of his career, this documentary should have a home in any film lover's collection.
Monday, January 30 2006
Archive shots of broken, diseased, and starved bodies provide a devastating illustration of the history that drives the film's fictions.
Friday, January 27 2006
The contrast between Kyle's multiple layers of loss and the flurry of life that goes on without her is briefly compelling.
Monday, January 23 2006
The film may not change minds regarding the death penalty, but does demonstrate its flaws on personal and structural levels.
Thursday, January 19 2006
Seven Men From Now is a small, economical movie, concerned with sacrifice and nobility.
Disdainful until overtaken by desperation, Kate (Franke Potente) appears to be the film's primary 'creep'.
Wednesday, January 18 2006
The movie opens and closes with the same overhead shot of Lyons. Carné, like Zola, emphasizes the ordinary tragedy of desperate city folk.