Thursday, October 23 2003
Just when you thought the Scary Movie franchise had run out of ideas, here it comes again -- looking like it's run out of ideas.
The white father-black son relationship is initiated by the white man's need for redemption.
And April sits in the window frame, hair damp, contemplating the disaster she expects her day to become.
Carnages' denizens spin into each other's orbits and offer the prospect of communion and regeneration.
The scene inspires Sarah to do a right thing, that is, leave her comfy urban environs for the deserts of Ethiopia.
Thursday, October 16 2003
There's no truth in this true crime, only the fictions that sustain 'Hollywood'.
Such moments illustrate Veronica's earnest incentive while undermining her hard work with crazily implausible coincidences.
One by one, the kids wander inside the Terrible Place, and all but one can't escape.
Thursday, October 9 2003
While the film doesn't elucidate Jimmy's own violent past, it is clear that he hasn't had misgivings until now.
This is a movie about bodies, about what hurts them on screen and in viewing spaces.
Attempting to put a human face on the refugee crisis, Winterbottom puts a premium on legibility.
The Coen brothers' latest venture is a rat-a-tat romantic comedy of the Preston Sturges persuasion, at least for its first hour or so.
Thursday, October 2 2003
A welcome reminder that studio comedies need not be shoddy, dumbed down, vulgar, and impersonal, the movie is unimaginable without Jack Black.
The fact that Matt is a black man only makes these several lines of pursuit more complicated and more resonant.
Mrs. Connelly's revenge is strange, but in the current political environment, as seniors are ignored, abused, and repressed, also rather sweet.
Thursday, September 25 2003
She's yearning for love, or independence, or a lasting exit from the States, where melancholy memories surround her.
The Rock doesn't want to hurt 'em, but he just can't help it.
Bubba Ho-Tep has everything one might expect from a movie directed by Don Coscarelli (the Phastasm series) and starring Bruce Campbell.
The idea of Woody Allen teaching high school English is a funny idea, and Anything Else leaves it at that: a funny idea.
Thursday, September 18 2003
The primary point is the look -- the drenching rain, the blazing gunfire, the catsuit.