Tuesday, June 28 2005
What begins as a remarkable story of two old soldiers in the war on apathy turns into a solemn look at the ravages and revenge of age.
To convince Brad Garrett to wear a wrestling singlet, director Adam Shankman reminded him that 'Dignity is trumped by funny.'"
Monday, June 27 2005
It's hard to dislike Hellraiser: Deader, despite the fact that in many ways it's a disappointing film.
Friday, June 24 2005
We are introduced to Mark as he's lying in bed unable to move, from his room, also his sanctuary from the uncontrollable world around him.
Thursday, June 23 2005
Though Gigot harbors no real affinity for the tenants, he can't tell them when he's annoyed or out of sorts due to his being mute.
Wednesday, June 22 2005
'I guess there's no such thing as safe sex with a werewolf,' whines one victim.
Tuesday, June 21 2005
A year-round California lifeguard, Rick Carlson (pre-gray Sam Elliott) has resisted the pull of others' expectations longer than most of us do.
More disturbingly, Hostage is about the failure of certainty.
Monday, June 20 2005
While the outcome is obvious (generic rules apply), Jackson is sharp and relatively restrained.
Friday, June 17 2005
So it's not Casablanca, but License to Drive does have its moments.
Crush conveys horror in a setting where eruptions of Otherness are barely contained, if also erratically effective.
Thursday, June 16 2005
Long before OJ, James Dean, and William Desmond Taylor, the mysterious death of 25-year-old film star Olive Thomas caused a scandal in 1920.
Wednesday, June 15 2005
The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.
Tuesday, June 14 2005
Star Trek: Insurrection has been left without a defender of its particulars. I volunteer.
Friday, June 10 2005
It is the footage of Klaus Nomi that best demonstrates the immense talent and heart that lie beneath what could have been nothing more than nightclub kitsch.
Thursday, June 9 2005
Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.
Tuesday, June 7 2005
More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.
Friday, June 3 2005
The very process of documenting freestyle is at once contradictory and ambitious, futile and crucial.
Thursday, June 2 2005
The movie toggles over into autopilot, following the flight path established years ago by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.
Tuesday, May 31 2005
'Truffaut had the dread of everything conventional. Above all, he detested the conventionality of the nonconventional,' Jean Gruault notes.