Monday, June 9 2003
Allows us to have our pleasure both ways.
Harry Dean Stanton uncovers the pain beneath the punchlines.
Monday, June 2 2003
The Paper literally stumbles into her battles, often times armed with little more than a postcard.
Endeavors to complicate the standard black-white buddy dynamic.
Passion drives Lars von Trier's Medea.
Wednesday, May 28 2003
The fusion of the real and the imaginary is at the center of Fellini's first and one of his most underrated films, The White Sheik.
Walking away from violence, especially in a film set in the violent old West, delivers a powerful message.
The best tales about growing up incorporate the anxieties of childhood.
'I wasn't concerned with whether or not the audience liked Antwone at first.'"
Careens between fiction and confession, repetition and revelation.
Monday, May 12 2003
In Haight-Ashbury, Jenny's only clue to her lost brother's whereabouts is a postcard that reads, 'God is alive and well in a sugar cube.'"
The trouble that accompanies them is not of their own making -- it's a function of being young, black, 'in the wrong place' by definition.
Oddly, the film's attack on bourgeois morality is itself a form of bourgeois morality.
It is, quite simply, the Hollywood Western in full flower, with all the nostalgia and sins of commission and omission that that implies.
Monday, May 5 2003
Throughout his smart and entertaining commentary for Fox's DVD release, Charles Stone III underscores not only his intentions, but also his full-on affection for his subjects.
Monday, April 28 2003
So self-indulgent, so over the top, so gay. We loved it.
'They see a schlub like me get lucky,' Ron Jeremy explains. 'There's hope for everyone else.'"
Sets a new bar for lack of logic.
This is Broomfield's great insight, worth repeating in all his films: truth is messy and unstable, truth is self-serving.
Monday, April 14 2003
Living in Oblivion's fine cast works together like a dream.