Thursday, March 31 2005
Eroica presents a picture of a bifurcated country, ostensibly cowed, but still seething with recrimination and indignation.
In 2002, Seka is a nice sharp pin ready to pop the balloon of ballyhoo surrounding her mythology.
Visceral and at times brutal, it's a livid illustration of the effects of monotony and oppression on the spirit.
One of the most attractive aspects of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's style is his implicit trust in his audience's intelligence.
With the occasional exception of Shaquille O'Neal, the players here act like athletes, which is to say, badly.
Wednesday, March 23 2005
As much as he ostensibly seems to be in denial about it, Saint-Laurent did bring a new level of aesthetic consciousness to segments of the consumer market where it hadn't before been.
Strangers When We Meet is a melodramatic tale of extramarital unhappiness amongst fast-track suburbanites.
It occasionally echoes the softer version of Casablanca, another film whose fatalistic interpretation of love is set among war-torn circumstances.
Waldo is so deliciously dark and mean-spirited, so loquaciously intolerant of those he deems beneath him, that he's delightful.
The film twists viewers in three directions before they have time to come down from the first.
The Special Edition is loaded with so much self-referential material and 'oh so clever' concepts that they threaten to make the movie into its own cult object.
Lacking the bias that makes Michael Moore's movies so popular, the Raymonds' film is more satisfying.
The dancing might be dated, but the film is not.
'Play' is a means to define childhood, to prolong mythic innocence, to grant nobility.
Jude Law's performance is wholly charming and energetic.
Monday, March 7 2005
Mike and Scott live a strangely lyrical credence. Simultaneously inviting and resisting interpretation, they move on.
As he watches his firefighters guys bond and scuffle, director Jay Russell explains that he began the project with some qualms because of 'all the emotion involved with 9/11.'"
For director Antoine Fuqua, it was clear that the right place to start a concert imagining the history of the blues would start with a song from Africa.
Its snark makes The Incredibles one of those cartoons that mainstream, self-knowing adults might appreciate along with their kids.
There's something about the loch, its deep dark water mystery and nightmarish symbolism, keeps us engaged.