Thursday, October 10 2002
Brown Sugar can blur lines between mainstream and margin, mix up the spirits, just as hip-hop -- so-called real hip-hop but also, in its way, brashly commercial hip-hop -- has always done.
Thursday, October 3 2002
America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.
What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.
Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.
Thursday, September 26 2002
Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.
I won't tell you how it ends, but note the film's title is 'not' 'New York State of Mind.'"
As Erik puts it, he has 'business to take care of.' That business is hip-hop.
Secretary is about anxiety, depression, the inability to communicate.
Multi-layered, ultraviolent, and profoundly disturbing, Evangelion depicts the end of the world as we know it and after seeing it, I most definitely do 'not' feel fine.
Not just empty genre deconstruction, The Long Goodbye dares to ask some very basic questions about the hard-boiled detective hero.
It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.
A joyful, wild romp through the heyday of San Francisco's national cultural importance, filled with body glitter, feather boas, and important shoes.
Thursday, September 19 2002
Burr Steers' first feature is populated by exceptionally quirky characters, most related by blood.
Sabotaging the happy play of color, song, and glamour with a deeply felt despair, Ozon has finally made his subversiveness genuinely surprising.
For these few minutes, The Banger Sisters venerates imperfection and adventure.
Sever grabs the big old gun inside and shoots in exquisite slo-mo. She even works in a hairflip.
Thursday, September 12 2002
Ben checks his mailbox, the camera zooms in to a computer screen filled with little email-message-envelope emblems, all from 'swimfan85.' Cue spooky music.
Longley neither pretends to be impartial nor apologizes for his sympathies, and pays his potential audience the compliment of confidence in their intelligence and reason.
Barbershop's multiple charms are all sweet.
Friday, September 6 2002
If its feminism is unmistakable, Secret Ballot's stance on democracy is more complex.