Sunday, January 1 1995
Everything about Final Destination probably looks demented, if not downright silly. If you've seen the trailers playing for a couple of weeks now on youth-oriented TV, you will have seen the lame plot (a kid keeps his friends off a plane flight doomed to explode), ooky wind and thunder effects, the sweaty-faced and way too pale teens, and most effectively, Tony Todd's ominous rasp, 'You can't cheat death!'"
Given Frequency's premise -- a son talks to his father who's been dead for 30 years via the old family HAM radio -- I didn't have much hope that the film would be good.
Every woman in '15 Minutes' is a function of the film's overriding theme, that tabloid culture is all about getting a rise out of otherwise cynical cops and villains, reporters and viewers.
'From Hell' is the story of a disturbed man on the trail of a madman -- an exploration of the minds of killer and the man sent to stop him.
For all the havoc the adults wreak on one another, the film's most harrowing moments concern the child. "
It's hardly a new idea to call vampirism a virus. Nor is it original to portray it as a spiritual scourge, a youthful disorder, or even a politically charged plague.
If director Julien Temple had chosen to explore the implications of his opening sequence, he might well have produced a film about punk as a movement instead of a rockumentary about a particular band.
Directed by Julien Temple, who also helmed McLaren's original myth-making film project, 'The Filth' frames the tragicomedy of the Pistols with a keen sense of its cultural and historical context.
These are the first of many derogatory adjectives that come to my mind when trying to describe writer-director Joel Schumacher's new film, Flawless, which stars Robert DeNiro and Philip Seymour Hoffman (the latter being one of my favorite character actors, who has, sadly, two recent misses with Flawless and The Talented Mr. Ripley).
It's about the ways that your senses are deluded and depressed by daily emotional beat-downs, the kinds of events that are so routine, they hardly register, except by their long-term effects.
The sex in 'Fat Girl' is an all-consuming, character-defining process of sorting through emotions and attitudes that convincingly perplexes these girls.
But the movie isn't really about breaking laws, being punished, lamenting Ja Rule's teeny part, or even learning how to be a man. It's really about cars. If that sounds like a metaphor, well, okay.
What makes a vampire movie sexy? For most people I have talked with, it is the subtle sexuality in the biting of the neck, the mysterious nature of the vampire, and the danger he or she represents.
'Freddy Got Fingered' lowers the bar, and not just a little bit, for what has been popularly passing as 'comedy' in recent days.
As East is East has it, family is the cause of, and solution to, the various problems facing the Khan children.
...offers a cautionary tale for those for whom the distinction between life and live television has lost focus.