Sunday, January 1 1995
Throughout Waking Life, the pictures rarely, if ever, stop moving, flowing, breathing -- attention has been paid to the animated environments, not just the characters in the foreground.
Penelope Cruz is as radiant a rising star as you're likely to see in this lifetime, sensuous and dewy-new-seeming.
There are plenty of anxieties to go around here, most of them concerning what it means to be -- or at least behave like -- a man.
Considers the possible effects of transposing a 'natural' justice system onto human conflict.
One of Ingmar Bergman's best films and certainly one of the best ever made on the subject of aging.
Occasionally, a movie comes along that attempts to remember the '60s as a time like all others, with competing ideologies, and both good and bad effects.
Though some viewers might not compare producer-director Keith Gordon to John Huston as adaptors of literature to film, Gordon makes films which are regularly praised for their 'faithful' transfer of literary texts.
I can't help it; whenever I hear that opening theme music to a James Bond film, I get a tingle. I can't help but to hope for the best. This time out, my hopes were raised by a great opening sequence to The World Is Not Enough, which involves a thrilling highspeed boat chase. What's more, TWINE gives us the premise for a most excellent villain.
While Whipped's general organization -- three guys competing for one woman, all knowing about one another, all showing up at her apartment at the same time -- is pretty much directly ripped off from Spike Lee's groundbreaking She's Gotta Have It, here the focus is not on the she, but the three he's.
As both a parody and a 'straight' summer camp comedy, 'Wet Hot American Summer' has little to offer even the most die-hard crude comedy fans.
Forces of nature make for excellent movie villains. Twisters, storms at sea, icebergs, earthquakes, wild rivers full of snakes, volcanoes -- they're all big, bad, easily recognizable bullies, mainly because, by definition, they never pick on anyone their own size.