Wednesday, October 13 2004
Nothing But a Man remains a fascinating and uplifting document because its makers understood that, as worldviews, candor and hope are not mutually exclusive.
While director Joel Schumacher may not have made a perfectly genre-breaking, horror-comedy mix, he got the 'hip' part right.
If Fahrenheit 9/11 is occasionally glib or unfocused, it is always angry and unafraid, and that makes it quite unlike the typically complacent news media and official bodies it targets.
Beyond the gross-out factor, Dead Leaves is also a self-consciously stylish orgy of animation aesthetics and techniques.
Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.
Tuesday, October 5 2004
While the indigenous people mock their guests as the spawn of dogs, they nonetheless save them from death and offer them shelter.
'I think we've all had those moments in our lives where we question,' says Brian Dannelly.
Moore states it plainly: brave young troops agree to fight and die, asking only one thing in return, that their efforts be justified and the people do so in good faith.
Mimi Leder's Deep Impact is both less and more than a science fiction-styled disaster melodrama.
When the insects kill his wife, James follows the fate of most B-movie scientists and goes bonkers.
Wednesday, September 29 2004
As the Rock puts it, 'If you wanna sit back and relax, and crack open a cold one, you sit back and relax. We're gonna be entertained.'"
While Sniper 3 is certainly a derivative action film, it does create a complex web of problematic father-son relationships.
This whale also has special powers, apparently, as he can tell whenever someone is leaning out of Nolan's boat, and so jump right up and swallow him whole.
'There was a sense among a certain social set in Washington that Clinton was not their kind of person.'"
The aliens are not only a distraction, but interlopers in the human-monster dynamic.
'A lot of people who have seen this movie are surprised that we have depicted these people warts and all,' says historian Stephen L. Hardin.
Thursday, September 23 2004
Outfoxed makes the case that Fox News is the video component of the Republican National Committee.
Naked in New York tries to distinguish itself through flights of fancy, but these are too brief, as if director Daniel Algrant can't commit.
It's difficult to know what to do with hideous alien invaders who only want to be daddies.
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