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Thursday, June 13 2002

Windtalkers (2002)

Though it might be argued that Nicolas Cage roaring and contorting in slow motion makes for good action cinema, it's hardly the basis for a thoughtful interrogation of how war works, how it shatters (or otherwise forever changes) participants, and reinforces systemic racism.


Sade (2000)

The Marquis de Sade, dedicated family man.


Scooby Doo (2002)

The main problem here is the script, or the lack thereof.


The Bourne Identity (2002)

The CIA here is an intensely low-down, sinister, and duplicitous organization.


Thursday, June 6 2002

Tart (2001)

Tart is another in a long line of unoriginal attempts to explore one girl's desire to fit in.


Keep Your Right Up! (Soigne Ta Droite!) (1987/2002)

concerned with asserting the significance of art in a world that isn't interested in art.


Bad Company (2002)

PULL.


Friday, May 31 2002

Undercover Brother (2002)

Peppered with Chappellian hilarities (and the man can riff), it is more like Austin Powers than a hard-hitting satire, minus Mike Meyers' mania, plus Lee's deft direction and Griffin's own brand of energy.


Late Marriage (Hatouna Mehuheret) (2001)

A new comedy from Israel, could be funnier in a lot of ways, and more serious in others.


Profit and Nothing But! / A Grin Without a Cat / Diamonds and Rust - PopMatters Film Review )

At their best, documentaries can offer revelatory vistas of neglected worlds. These films offer singular perspectives -- they make journalism and artistic expression seem inextricable.


CQ (2001)

The subject of CQ is Paul, artist, coffee-drinker, American in Paris.


Thursday, May 30 2002

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

Tom Clancy's novels and the movies they spawn have never had much truck with credibility.


Bartleby (2001)

[The office] is a penitentiary for the non-criminal, and a continually witty and dry visual joke.


Astro Boy New Adventures (Shin Tetsuwan Atom) - Volume 1 - PopMatters Film Review )

I'm about to argue the cultural significance of a cartoon about a robot boy with machine-guns in his butt-cheeks.


Friday, May 24 2002

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

So in a post-September 11th world replete with conflicts from Afghanistan to continuous Palestinian-Israeli disputes, the lines between good and evil often seem blurry, and the cut-and-dry antics of galactic warriors instill a sense of hope, a realization of what morality should be. Who would've thought that the likes of Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca would serve as heroes for a celluloid generation whose sense of a world order would become crystal clear as a result of a few fictional characters?"


Thursday, May 23 2002

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2002)

Director Shohei Imamura might be Japanese cinema's answer to Tom Waits.


Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is about preserving rugged individualism and protecting the homeland.


Lagaan (2001)

The most remarkable aspect of Lagaan is its triumphant righting of historical wrongs.


Insomnia (2002)

The sun doesn't go down in Insomnia.


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