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Monday, July 14 2003

The Hours (2002)

'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.'"


Das Experiment (2001)

Forget about Freddy and Dr. Lecter. Das Experiment is a truly terrifying film.


Monday, June 30 2003

There’s Something More About Mary (1998)

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.


Party Girl (1995)

As Parker Posey dances around the library to a club beat, Daisy von herler Mayer's songless musical is briefly in full bloom.


Life and Debt (2001)

'One is always struck when in Jamaica, [by] the absolute beauty of the island in contrast with the poverty.'"


Love Liza (2002)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman defies the shallow gravity of Hollywood logic.


Kai Doh Maru: Kathleen McInerney, Bruce Winant, Flavio Romeo - PopMatters Film Review )

Wakabayashi's Kai Doh Maru is defined more by what it could have been than what it is, a potentiality.


Monday, June 23 2003

Two Evil Eyes (Due occhi diabolici) (1990)

Romero's films often feature a family that is fragile, a prime target for destructive forces.


Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red (Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge)

Taken together, Blue, White, and Red are a visionary swan song for one of European cinema's most poetic moralists.


Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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.


Narc (2002)

Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.


The Crazies (1973)

For Romero, the monsters of our imagination always coexist with the products on the shelves at the Five & Dime.


The Believer (2001)

The film's about the human impetus toward contradiction, about our need to exercise those contradictions, to live them.


Tuesday, June 17 2003

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

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.


Little Big Man (1970)

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.


Experiment in Terror (1962)

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

Fulltime Killer (2001)

Willfully goes over the deep end, almost nihilistically wallowing in excess for excess's sake.


Extreme Ops (2002)

It's all about cash money -- its costs and its considerable rewards.


Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)

Wayne Wang portrays the challenges of forging an Asian American sexuality within a racialized politics of desire.


Electra, My Love (1974)

How many different ways can the protagonist say, 'I, Electra, will not forget'?.


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