Monday, November 29 2004
The kidnapping sets in motion a thriller that doubles as a character study, delving into Wayne and Eileen's strained marriage.
'In Japan,' says Takeshi Kitano, 'cops and yakuzas are the only two occupations that deal with death or violence daily.'"
Wednesday, November 24 2004
A film that sheds light on discrimination and energetically calls for a re-evaluation of U.S. priorities.
Roadgames is ultimately a clever Hitchcockian soufflé that 'is full of air, but rises nicely.'"
The Hammer remains confused and conflicted, almost apologetic for who he is.
Monday, November 15 2004
'There are tears for things, there are tears of things, there are tears from things,' says Guy Maddin.
The audio commentary featuring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Luketic demonstrates the leading lady to be much more thoughtful and subdued than her typical roles might suggest.
For all the inevitability of Will's descent, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is an almost perversely moving experience.
Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator focuses on the man's contributions to and obsessions with aviation.
If Garfield's non-animated creatures lack distinction (what you might call 'edge'), it should be remembered that it is intended for small children.
Speaking of her star, Renée Zellweger, Maguire is appropriately besotted: 'You can see what she brought to Bridget. She's got this fantastic warmth and this permanent confusion on her face.'"
Monday, November 8 2004
Director Frank Oz asserts, 'There is no such a thing as Stepford. Stepford is in the mind.'"
We come to see the film itself is the formula, making impossible Buddy Loves of us all.
Mulholland Falls resembles an episode of Law & Order with funny hats.
'I mean, this guy,' says Master P. 'He used to jump over cars.'"
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.