Monday, November 8 2004
Like his characters, Robert Aldrich went for broke, taking his audiences on a thrill ride that could be thoughtful and hair-raising at the same time.
Dude, it's Eric Roberts. And he's the better of the two actors. It ain't happening.
The Barbershop movies focus their energies on familial feelings and communal inclinations, and Cedric's wily jokes.
Monday, November 1 2004
Kevin Bray sees his Walking Tall as a series of fight sequences, a simplification that leaves it open to interpretation as a barometer of our political climate.
Under these conditions, the film suggests, another Florida is not only likely, but probable.
It's a story of a (nearly lone) lawman standing up against the bad guys, replete with a High Noon type showdown.
Bowling for Columbine's most effective device is Moore's own lack of answers; he sets up argument after argument, only to see each one crumble in the face of evidence and reality.
Plays like the last two minutes of all the worst episodes of Frasier stitched together.
'Actually,' Frank Coraci begins his commentary for Around the World in 80 Days, 'I never wanted to do a director's commentary.'"
Wednesday, October 27 2004
Perhaps David's decision is heroic, given the circumstances, but the accumulated images of his passivity remind the viewer that better choices.
The violence of their romance is striking, sometimes moving, and always disturbing, even as metaphor.
Like most slasher movie monsters, Jason's a victim as much as a killer, driven to express his rage in the only way he can.
The Fairly Oddparents is damn funny, primarily because creator Butch Hartman speaks in a rapid patter of pop culture references.
Watching the families of both the victims and the prisoners grapple with the enormity of their losses can be torturous.
All rules of attraction and self-definition are just off when it comes to the utterly beautiful and notoriously nice Chestnut.
Monday, October 18 2004
It is the emphasis, in both Hardy's novel and Polanski's skillful adaptation, on Tess as an individual that makes her story timeless.
The investigation into issues of patriotism and accountability in Judgment at Nuremberg resonates strongly with contemporary American politics.
Michele also loses faith in the adults who are supposed to look after him.
Intermission repeatedly frustrates audience expectations.
The story can be read as an oblique critique of mass media: brain-hacking literalizes the process by which our experiences are constructed by the powers that be.