Friday, January 6 2006
'Teenage boys alone in Chicago for the summer spells trouble, especially with a lot of pretty extras around,' says Malcolm Lee.
Thursday, January 5 2006
'I grew up in sunny southern California, and I'm not used to snow,' says John Singleton. 'I wanted to do a movie with snow in it, so here it is.'"
À Double Tour is a visually engrossing if emotionally underwhelming thriller set in one the director's prototypically dysfunctional families.
'I'm attracted by the unknown, by the unexplainable,' says director Walter Salles.
Sunday, December 25 2005
If it isn't a documentary masterpiece, Unfinished Business is still an impressive work, valuable for its documentation of three American heroes and its insistence that the tragic civil-liberties violations of the Japanese-American internment not be forgotten.
Friday, December 23 2005
Although the three short movies on the Sins of the Fleshapoids DVD have this uniquely '60s zero-budget feel to them, their ambitions outpace those of your typical grindhouse quickie.
Thursday, December 22 2005
Here the angels are evil, God never makes an appearance, and humans are unreliable and fragile.
Tuesday, December 20 2005
Watching others play in George Lucas' universe can also be sort of heartwarming.
Wednesday, December 14 2005
The DVD extras are mostly valuable for the access they grant to Richard Linklater, who is a terrific storyteller and articulate filmmaker.
Tuesday, December 13 2005
Harold Lloyd doesn't have super strength, agility or speed, he just uses Yankee ingenuity, celebrated in the heady days after World War I.
Monday, December 12 2005
The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.
Thursday, December 8 2005
Even with its contradictions, Felicity offers Shailene Woodley's feisty performance and adorable little face.
Tuesday, December 6 2005
The documentary doesn't shy away from the disturbing dichotomies in Florin Krasniqi's life.
Wednesday, November 30 2005
A hard movie, in the sense that it's difficult and also harsh, Naked is unsettling, often extremely funny and sometimes bizarrely brilliant.
Tuesday, November 29 2005
Though Layla brings some sense of complexity to the proceedings, she's generally undermined by the film's straightforward charging.
John's casually precise athleticism and stuttering are oddly enchanting.
Monday, November 28 2005
The question at the heart of Save the Tiger is no less nagging for its familiarity: didn't it all used to be so simple?"
Wednesday, November 23 2005
Millions sustains a vibrantly colored, enjoyably lively view, fantastic to reflect Damian's perspective, literally short and practically limited.
Tuesday, November 22 2005
The film's sheer volume of vengeance is so great, pacing so deliberate, and confrontations so inevitable, that the experience is not unlike watching the climax of a film noir stretched out over 90 minutes.
While most of the target audience for the movie may not remember the TV version, Schultz's Honeymooners unfortunately forgets what was most appealing about the show.