Monday, July 14 2003
'What I learned seeing the movie is that yes, you do lose that ability to go into people's minds, but you gain Meryl Streep's ability to separate an egg, in a way that tells you everything you need to know about who that person is at that point.'"
Forget about Freddy and Dr. Lecter. Das Experiment is a truly terrifying film.
Monday, June 30 2003
It's easy to deride the Farrellys' work, to dismiss their brand of humor or their dogged efforts to be 'politically incorrect.' Still, they serve more substantive functions than dosing 12-year-old boys with chickens-up-the-butt jokes.
As Parker Posey dances around the library to a club beat, Daisy von herler Mayer's songless musical is briefly in full bloom.
'One is always struck when in Jamaica, [by] the absolute beauty of the island in contrast with the poverty.'"
Phillip Seymour Hoffman defies the shallow gravity of Hollywood logic.
Wakabayashi's Kai Doh Maru is defined more by what it could have been than what it is, a potentiality.
Monday, June 23 2003
Romero's films often feature a family that is fragile, a prime target for destructive forces.
Taken together, Blue, White, and Red are a visionary swan song for one of European cinema's most poetic moralists.
Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.
Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.
For Romero, the monsters of our imagination always coexist with the products on the shelves at the Five & Dime.
The film's about the human impetus toward contradiction, about our need to exercise those contradictions, to live them.
Tuesday, June 17 2003
Director Stuart Baird seems to be chasing the glory of Wrath of Khan, but those parallels leave the newer film feeling sort of like a cover band.
It didn't just dispel the cloudless America of Westerns past -- it dismembered the genre, threw the parts in a trench, and spit on the tombstone.
When the villain's dead and the feds go home, Kelly, Toby, and Lisa will still be adrift in a world of strange, hostile males, all waving their missiles at any attractive target who happens by.
Monday, June 9 2003
Willfully goes over the deep end, almost nihilistically wallowing in excess for excess's sake.
It's all about cash money -- its costs and its considerable rewards.
Wayne Wang portrays the challenges of forging an Asian American sexuality within a racialized politics of desire.
How many different ways can the protagonist say, 'I, Electra, will not forget'?.