Wednesday, May 14 2003
Morpheus is a stanch warrior and provocative thinker, as well as a black man in a world where the machines' agents tend to be white men in suits.
Monday, May 12 2003
Brings this talent, laboring in obscurity, to light.
Thursday, May 8 2003
Coles isn't so much a boy as he is his idea of a boy.
This version of Neil LaBute's ongoing project is crisp and aggressive, occasionally alienating or annoying, that is, effectively unlike other movies.
Lilya's fascination with Britney Spears takes on sinister overtones when one of her customers forces her to act and dress like a naughty schoolgirl.
Too many scenes (and far too many montages) seem in slow motion, even though they involve kids moving at something approximating warp-speed.
The cool tones of 'Charlotte Sometimes' suggest the characters' detachment, from themselves and one another.
A strangely moralistic romance, premised on his relationship with the setting, Cambodia.
Monday, May 5 2003
Despite much swirling and swooping of the camera, it winds up looking like a moderately well directed TV movie.
Clouzot seeks to uncover nothing less than the 'mystery,' not merely of Picasso's process of painting, but of artistic production itself.
The mind of man had thought of everything -- except that which was beyond his comprehension!"
Lance Laspina's film gives long overdue props to an artist whose influence reaches farther than most of his more 'mainstream' contemporaries ever will.
Thursday, May 1 2003
At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.
Director Bob Sarles has an aficionado's affection for these musicians, and he lets them speak and sing and play for themselves.
There are a few laughs at the expense of some of the more enthusiastically foolish men, but for the most part, the film is weirdly free of irony.
'Goodbye Lizzie McGuire, hello Fabulous!' Lizzie exults, as if there's a difference between the two.
Monday, April 28 2003
Here Death is Oliverio's sparring partner, a sardonic harridan who trades barbs with him like an existentialist Alice Kramden.
A sprawling modern day fable where East meets West on a movie set.
Thursday, April 24 2003
At once affectless and affecting, 'Raising Victor Vargas' is remarkably self-possessed for a first-time feature.
[It's] about tragedy, specifically, its purifying powers.