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Friday, September 6 2002

Mostly Martha (2001)

Where last year's 'Amélie' was criticized for presenting an idealized France... 'Mostly Martha'> has to be one of the least German movies ever to come out of Germany.


*Corpus Callosum (2002)

It's like 'Office Space' in the fourth dimension.


City by the Sea (2002)

All these horrors in one family might easily lead to questions concerning genetics and proclivity, codes of masculinity and violence.


Friday, August 30 2002

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973)

Ziggy falters as a visual experience, a conspicuous failing considering its spectacle-obsessed subject.


feardotcom (2002)

Udo Kier stumbles down a dark New York subway stairway, his face sweaty and deeply shadowed, his eyes popping in that Udo Kierian way.


Thursday, August 22 2002

Undisputed (2002)

Masculinity, integrity, brutality: Walter Hill's usual themes.


Simone (2002)

Viktor sees his most attractive, resourceful, and prolific self in Simone.


Serving Sara (2002)

'My job sucks,' says Joe (Matthew Perry) at the beginning of Reginald Hudlin's peculiar romantic comedy.


One Hour Photo (2002)

Neatly, ominously, the film composes a bleak vision of Sy's consumption of and by his culture.


I’m Going Home (2001)

I'm Going Home not only retains its heart, but expands it until the film's emotional power is almost too much to handle.


I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

The apotheosis of a very good band, Sam Jones' I Am Trying to Break Your Heart begs the question of whether merely very good bands deserve to be deified.


Harvard Man (2001)

Harvard Man's refusal to pass judgment on characters' drug use is troubling.


The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a whole lot of nada.


Thursday, August 15 2002

Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) (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.


Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres) (2001)

Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.


Possession (2002)

While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.


The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) - PopMatters Film Review )

What Robert Evans does, mostly, is him.


Happy Times (Xingfu Shiguang) (2000)

Explores the many costs of 'modern times'.


Blue Crush (2002)

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

XXX (2002)

Xander is a bad ass with a heart of gold.


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