Monday, June 14 2004
Joe Simpson says, 'I'd forgotten how difficult it was. I've told the story so many times, it's just become a fiction.'"
Hearing Tupac Amaru Shakur talk about himself in the past tense is unnerving at first. Not only was he profound and perceptive in his early 20s, he was prescient too.
This technological nightmare fuses free-market corporatism gone amuck with the regimentation and loss of individuality that characterized the Soviet empire.
The casting of Duane Jones provides the film with a racial subtext, overtly linked to the social and political turmoil of late 1960s U.S.
Always in the present, Drew Barrymore's Lucy is changed in an instant. And she's irresistible.
Approaching The Cliffhanger like a series of short subjects encourages patience for a weak segment, as another is always around the corner.
Black Hawk Down illustrates well the absurdity and chaos of urban warfare: there's no ground to be won, no victory to be claimed.
Monday, June 7 2004
On screen, Spider-Man necessarily becomes more literal, less imaginative.
While the initial twins material is weak, the Hollywood lampoon barely gets off the ground, and the love story is so lightweight, it practically floats.
Ned might have been a criminal in the eyes of the law, but to working class Australians he was a hero wrongly accused.
Aileen's changed self takes shape most immediately and vehemently in response to a psychotic-seeming john who declares his loathing of all 'hookers nowadays'.
The film's most profound understanding is that the moral confusions shaping its protagonists are not particular to them, but surrounding all of us.
It is a landmark event for connoisseurs of war movies, thrill-seekers, and lovers of consummate filmmaking.
When Broomfield suggests that Aileen imagine causes for her behavior rather than focus on the punishment, she backs off.
The bravest thing Ali does is to gesture toward, wonder at, and celebrate Muhammad Ali, and then let go of him.
Monday, May 24 2004
Such contrasts make Underworld an especially good-looking vampire-werewolf-action film, even if it is over-the-top.
Secrets' literary authorities are primarily interested in relating the text of Tolkien's work with the texts, so to speak, of his life.
Combining conventions and clichés from Westerns and horror films, Bubba Ho-tep is as much about how stories get told as it is a story in itself.
Monday, May 17 2004
Though Chris Stokes describes the concept as 'Let's put West Side Story with Breakin',' the result is less inspired than such a brainstorm might sound"
'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"