Monday, March 1 2004
Sarah is the origin and end of the fiction, its cause and effect simultaneously.
Far too vast to be linear or inclusive, the Godzilla story is actually a lot of stories, many of them contradictory.
She may have been a multimedia moppet, skipping from comic strip to radio to Broadway, but Little Orphan Annie is no movie star.
Monday, February 23 2004
Edward Dmytryk makes fine use of the French Quarter's Byzantine ironwork, its shadowy foyers, and the Escher-like twists of its courtyards and balconies.
Failure is always just one letter away.
Her capacity for intense focus, as Polley observes, makes Ann seem unusual, 'incredibly efficient and practical'.
At the first moment you see Maggie (Cate Blanchett) on screen in Ron Howard's The Missing, you know this is one of those Cate Blanchett tough-girl projects.
Lost in Translation one-ups its peers with better music, prettier shots, and a more charismatic lead, but its racism is all the more insidious for being wrapped in a pleasing package.
The most impressive extra on the DVD of The Fighting Temptations is a selection of 'extended music numbers'.
Le Brun's voiceover catalogues her own reactions: anger at the doctors' indifference, frustration, and at last, acceptance.
Tuesday, February 10 2004
William Gibson is a visionary in his own right, and painting him into the reductive sci-fi corner is akin to missing the point of his work.
Suggests repeatedly that AIDS is brought on by individual actions.
If ever there was a filmmaker made for DVD commentaries, it is Robert Rodriguez.
'It's all a series of mistaken identities, and how our thinking is like that, that we think we've seen something, but we actually haven't quite seen it all.'"
For Valentin (Jeremy Irons), the thrill of the caper just isn't getting it done any longer.
Monday, February 2 2004
As the kids have picked up from every cultural sign around them, sex is a route to adulthood, but it's also an ordeal, a hard test of their young mettle.
It is a reminder of the power the faded franchise once commanded.
Who has the right to enforce social control, the Tank Police or the Dai Nippon Gaiken Corporation?"
As Lyle first enters the ward, the film takes on a yellow cast, blurry and skittery under an Aphex Twin track.
Films about killers are supposed to be disturbing. Is it less disturbing if the killer in question is heterosexual?"