Monday, September 15 2003
Hook is thoroughly watchable, often amusing, fitfully entertaining.
The first bit of news I heard on waking up this morning was that the wedding was off.
Michael Apted speaks of his intent to make the country appear 'beautiful' and, consequently, we're spared shots of bombed-out London or casualties of any kind.
Shackleton does manage some spectacular feats against dire odds, which is why the story of his expedition is so tailor-made as dramatic spectacle.
If we call Stan Brakhage's films 'experimental,' it's because no other filmic term fits his style.
Tuesday, September 9 2003
Paul Newman plays Donald 'Sully' Sullivan, a shiftless 60-year-old forever dodging his responsibilities.
What will most surely whet fans' appetites are the DVD's two 50-minute interviews with Terry Gilliam.
As James Mangold neatly puts it, these characters are running along 'a kind of Möbius strip of hell.'"
Shows how the struggle to see and know is an increasingly complex and global one.
Jake is a '70s-style father, kindly but determined to teach worthy lessons even when he feels his child/dolphin's pain.
While the film probably can't be recuperated, Jon Amiel's commentary on the DVD works some wonders of its own.
'The big challenge we faced in the beginning is that, in the comic book, the Bulletproof Monk really isn't in the comic.'"
Tuesday, September 2 2003
Explores the ageless, ceaseless, and fruitless desire to find a place of peace.
The Europeans revisits the usual Merchant Ivory themes, most notably, culture clashes and individual desires to 'connect'.
Presents a concrete fear of technology blurring the line between life and death.
Monday, August 25 2003
Victor's story is at once mundane and delicate, familiar and fresh.
Man-hating lesbian assassins take center stage in this exploitation joint.
'Levity' is by no means a standard Hollywood movie.'"
Most invested in showing how Israelis have struggled to create, protect, and sustain their nation.
Comedian presents stand-up comics as working stiffs.