Thursday, February 20 2003
By turns daunting and absorbing, the film is about movement that seems hopeless, that takes you nowhere, that's increasingly slowed but also increasingly urgent.
Suleiman proves himself an essential voice in world cinema because his formalism is inextricable from the political moment it documents.
It's unlikely that this gloominess accounts for Daredevil's big success. There are any number of plausible explanations -- the 'Sexiest Man Alive' and his J. Lo glow, the promotional blitz, the Marvel machine. No matter. Bring the pain.
This is a scary city, where scary figures hang out on scary corners and slouch with scary insouciance. No wonder the cops are tense.
Thursday, February 13 2003
That the U.S. imagines itself in the position to take unilateral decisions that affect the rest of the world is as much a function of the nation's founding myths (all that 'city on a hill' business, represented in Pyle's notion that he can save Phuong) as it is its economic might (Pyle's knowledge that he can support Phuong).
Driven by instant gratification and a bottom line ethos, the networks have all but abandoned the cause of great TV comedy.
Takes its political and ethical subjects seriously.
Even in the midst of chaos and catastrophe, Gilliam's drive to create fantastic worlds can be as damning, and as appealing, as Quixote's.
Radioactive poison is a legacy of laissez-faire capitalism's most guilty indulgence.
Offers a cagey take on cultural influences and intersections.
The good news is that Johnson's Daredevil follows Marvel's disability politics.
In the she's-such-a-bitch scenes, Gabrielle Union reveals a completely wonderful comic timing.
Thursday, February 6 2003
Locating its story of familial disquiet in the locus of the American myth, Tully doesn't quite go so far as to debunk the idealized heartland.
A potentially prosaic documentary manages fresh insight.
Its self-conscious use of the buddy genre's well known predilection for homoerotic/homophobic patterns is cute.
Max is less concerned with making Hitler sympathetic, or even very specific, than it is in using him to illustrate a series of ideas.
A subtle and reverent look at one of America's most important -- and often forgotten -- filmmakers.
She's so cute, he's so cute, everyone's so cute.
Friday, January 31 2003
Delves into daily traumas and fears, the bleak hierarchies of power, race, and desire that structure life in the projects.
Amid all the conventional movie dazzle, Biker Boyz's most important idea is the bike.