Thursday, August 15 2002
Songs From the Second Floor may be blasphemous in its relentless tweaking of Christianity, but it is never less than sincere about its search for divine intercession.
Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.
While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.
What Robert Evans does, mostly, is him.
Explores the many costs of 'modern times'.
Big fat super-popular boy power movies don't rely on plot, so it probably makes sense that this pulse-pounding girl power movie doesn't either (and like most boy movies, this one is about a stunningly beautiful white protagonist surrounded by a multi-culti crew).
Friday, August 9 2002
Xander is a bad ass with a heart of gold.
Tony Wilson lived for the explosive moment.
Juni and Carmen's perspective, part convincingly ingenuous and part movie-kid calculated, organizes the film's general view of things.
Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.
A diluted reissue of Tung Wai's Hitman.
Thursday, August 1 2002
Me Without You is a disquieting and stunningly accurate depiction of female friendship.
This self-satisfaction makes Full Frontal's gears grind.
Elling doesn't pretend to be more than it is, permitting no great epiphanies and no big-hug endings.
The idea that an individual, like Robin Hood, could stand up for the rights of the oppressed comes across as a pleasant fantasy, worthy of song and legend, but devoid of the means to stand up against state power.
Thursday, July 25 2002
In assuming Oscar's perspective, the film makes out like everyone is as smitten with him as he is.
A film that assembles layers of truth and untruth, faith and distrust, as characters struggle to make sense of the worlds they make and resist.
The so-called postmodern self-references of the previous Austin Powers films here become epidemic, though more is not exactly better. It's just more. And it is repetitive.