Thursday, August 11 2005
This Secret Garden is so faithful to the novel that it plays as a live-action picture book.
Wednesday, August 10 2005
Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.
Tuesday, August 9 2005
When Landlady works in tandem with her husband, they form a stunning and loving pair of fighters, old school and raucous at the same time.
Chytilová starts by asking an interesting question: isn't it rational to eat from the tree of knowledge?"
Friday, August 5 2005
This gorgeous IMAX film turns very different groups of people into a noble primitive mass.
Peter Sellers creates a calm-before-the-storm tension between this persona and later violent outbursts.
Wednesday, August 3 2005
Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.
Tuesday, August 2 2005
Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.
In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.
Monday, August 1 2005
Ryan Larkin is smothered by his own work, unable to meet others' expectations but still swamped by a desire to create.
The men's relationship is rerouted through any number of bizarre set pieces, the sort of brilliant incongruity that Fuller loved to wreak.
Friday, July 29 2005
In Ulrich Thomsen's brilliantly minimalist performance we see the dissolution of a weak man, a man unable to muster the self-possession necessary to control his own destiny.
Thursday, July 28 2005
Director Hayder Mousa Daffar had a dream, to make a documentary about his Iraq. Not, he says, the Iraq that he sees 'on the internet, on the news... bombs and explosions', but a country where people lived, and survived, and aspired for more.
Director Ki-Hyung Par considers Acacia his personal statement on adoption in Korea.
Wednesday, July 27 2005
Reflecting its long gestation period, Twenty Bucks seems ageless, its photography and art direction creating an ambiguous timestamp.
Before you've had time to acclimate yourself to any themes and motifs, before you have any context, you've already been assaulted.
Monday, July 25 2005
Jack's experience fragments so radically and time turns so out of joint that you might think he's insane, as do his white-coated doctors.
Selling poison to the denizens of a small Slavic village, she's a one-woman Murder, Incorporated.
Friday, July 22 2005
It's billed as 'a documentary about stuff', but it's really about self-identity and interpersonal relationships, and how our personal belongings serve as extensions of our selves.
Thursday, July 21 2005
Bill and Ted have barely a brain between them and speak in brilliantly realized Surferese: they're that guy you know who still snickers at the double entendres in Van Halen album titles.