Thursday, May 1 2003
Director Bob Sarles has an aficionado's affection for these musicians, and he lets them speak and sing and play for themselves.
There are a few laughs at the expense of some of the more enthusiastically foolish men, but for the most part, the film is weirdly free of irony.
'Goodbye Lizzie McGuire, hello Fabulous!' Lizzie exults, as if there's a difference between the two.
Monday, April 28 2003
Here Death is Oliverio's sparring partner, a sardonic harridan who trades barbs with him like an existentialist Alice Kramden.
A sprawling modern day fable where East meets West on a movie set.
Thursday, April 24 2003
At once affectless and affecting, 'Raising Victor Vargas' is remarkably self-possessed for a first-time feature.
[It's] about tragedy, specifically, its purifying powers.
In its focus on these reunited '60s folkies, 'Wind' engages in that most virulent form of nostalgia: '60s-itis.
Memory is a tricky business. So are movies that mess with it.
Amanda Peet, not incidentally, throws some fine, even sublime, attitude.
It's not even Blair Witch II, which pretty much makes it the worst movie ever set in the woods.
Bill Paxton's banal banter and overacting alienate us, as we try to ignore him and focus on the live-action images of Titanic.
They meet at King's club, where he's auditioning strippers: Dustin Hoffman, big pimping.
To even things up, perhaps, or because he's bored, or because it's so easy, Ben cheats.
Thursday, April 17 2003
Like most such slapdashy juggling acts, Malibu's Most Wanted can't keep all its balls in the air.
Doubles all stakes of the original film, and more elaborately, of the remaking process.
Goes spiritual by stopping the gunplay while characters get all misty-eyed over otherworldly butterflies.
Has a couple of ideas rattling around in its head, ideas that are -- or could be -- strangely relevant.
Friday, April 11 2003
Daphne is cooler, thinner, and just plain hotter than her secretly envious rivals.
Boasting that it includes more than 5,000 edits, Jonas Åkerlund's feature debut offers glimpses -- very fast -- into life on speed.