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Thursday, April 24 2003

A Mighty Wind (2003)

In its focus on these reunited '60s folkies, 'Wind' engages in that most virulent form of nostalgia: '60s-itis.


Levity (2003)

Memory is a tricky business. So are movies that mess with it.


Identity (2003)

Amanda Peet, not incidentally, throws some fine, even sublime, attitude.


House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

It's not even Blair Witch II, which pretty much makes it the worst movie ever set in the woods.


Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

Bill Paxton's banal banter and overacting alienate us, as we try to ignore him and focus on the live-action images of Titanic.


Confidence (2003)

They meet at King's club, where he's auditioning strippers: Dustin Hoffman, big pimping.


Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)

To even things up, perhaps, or because he's bored, or because it's so easy, Ben cheats.


Thursday, April 17 2003

Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003)

Like most such slapdashy juggling acts, Malibu's Most Wanted can't keep all its balls in the air.


The Good Thief (2003)

Doubles all stakes of the original film, and more elaborately, of the remaking process.


Cowboy Bebop (2003)

Goes spiritual by stopping the gunplay while characters get all misty-eyed over otherworldly butterflies.


Bulletproof Monk (2003)

Has a couple of ideas rattling around in its head, ideas that are -- or could be -- strangely relevant.


Friday, April 11 2003

What a Girl Wants (2003)

Daphne is cooler, thinner, and just plain hotter than her secretly envious rivals.


Spun (2002)

Boasting that it includes more than 5,000 edits, Jonas Åkerlund's feature debut offers glimpses -- very fast -- into life on speed.


Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)

'It is not 'just' a movie. What hinges on this release is so much larger than the film itself.'"


Anger Management (2003)

Dave (Adam Sandler) grumbles okay, to everything, his face reorganized into a permanent twist.


Monday, April 7 2003

Pépé Le Moko (1937)

Jean Gabin compels our attention as much through stillness as through visible exertion.


Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Carpenter refuses to reduce the violence to a sideshow of blood squibs or special effects pyrotechnics.


Thursday, April 3 2003

Phone Booth (2002)

A function of increasing anxieties about security, surveillance technology, and loss of privacy, this sniper is symptomatic.


A Man Apart (2002)

It's sad that the wife is dead, of course. More painful is the death scene per se, as Vin Diesel has to play something approximating tragedy.


Assassination Tango (2003)

Even the most generous viewer is hit by the absence of rationales, however bizarre or slender, for the film's plot turns.


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