Monday, October 18 2004
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.
Merritt's protests actually date pretty well -- contemporary liberal sensibilities often subscribe to the view that space travel is a continuation or extension of the colonial impulse.
Buried's real value is not as conservative propaganda, but rather, as a distilled example of conservative political spin.
Thursday, October 14 2004
All this overacting hardly dampens the film's efforts to grant weighty meaning to the rose tattoo.
Wednesday, October 13 2004
Agresti says, 'It's challenging, from such a little situation, to elaborate with details, without sensationalistic tricks and pyrotechnics.'"
'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.
According to Goldsworthy, we must re-examine the mundane in order to break through our habitual and clichéd perceptions.
Nothing But a Man remains a fascinating and uplifting document because its makers understood that, as worldviews, candor and hope are not mutually exclusive.
While director Joel Schumacher may not have made a perfectly genre-breaking, horror-comedy mix, he got the 'hip' part right.
If Fahrenheit 9/11 is occasionally glib or unfocused, it is always angry and unafraid, and that makes it quite unlike the typically complacent news media and official bodies it targets.
Beyond the gross-out factor, Dead Leaves is also a self-consciously stylish orgy of animation aesthetics and techniques.
Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.
Tuesday, October 5 2004
While the indigenous people mock their guests as the spawn of dogs, they nonetheless save them from death and offer them shelter.
'I think we've all had those moments in our lives where we question,' says Brian Dannelly.
Moore states it plainly: brave young troops agree to fight and die, asking only one thing in return, that their efforts be justified and the people do so in good faith.
Mimi Leder's Deep Impact is both less and more than a science fiction-styled disaster melodrama.
When the insects kill his wife, James follows the fate of most B-movie scientists and goes bonkers.
Wednesday, September 29 2004
As the Rock puts it, 'If you wanna sit back and relax, and crack open a cold one, you sit back and relax. We're gonna be entertained.'"
While Sniper 3 is certainly a derivative action film, it does create a complex web of problematic father-son relationships.
This whale also has special powers, apparently, as he can tell whenever someone is leaning out of Nolan's boat, and so jump right up and swallow him whole.