Reviews > Film

18 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Heaven (2002)

Heaven begins with assorted ascents. Written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski (with Krzysztof Piesiewicz), and intended as part of a trilogy (Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory), it explores accident and fate, guilt and grief, time and truth.

READ more

18 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Formula 51 (2001)

In Ronny Yu's mostly formulaic Formula 51, Samuel L. Jackson plays Elmo McElroy, a chemical whiz busted for smoking reefer.

READ more

18 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Abandon (2002)

Cynical and beautiful. No wonder the boys can't resist her.

READ more

10 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

White Oleander (2002)

Seems stuck in first gear, grinding through a series of very "safe" clichés.

READ more

10 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

While the book is laced with a youthful sense of wonder concerning life and death, the film is a troubled teenage love story.

READ more
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Weaving together a vivid assemblage of stock footage, archival documents and talking-head spots, the movie winnows the book down to three of its more damning studies.

READ more

10 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Transporter (2002)

Speedy, colorful, and clever, The Transporter establishes Jason Statham as yet another next-generational, hybrid action hero.

READ more

10 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Swept Away (2002)

What Swept Away calls love, I would call the usual terror and degradation that keeps battered women in dangerous relationships.

READ more
The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Attraction is not comprised of rules, only missed opportunities.

READ more

10 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

In Praise of Love (2001)

In its preoccupations with history, In Praise of Love suggests if one has no history, one has no basis for thinking about or defining oneself.

READ more

10 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Brown Sugar (2002)

Brown Sugar can blur lines between mainstream and margin, mix up the spirits, just as hip-hop -- so-called real hip-hop but also, in its way, brashly commercial hip-hop -- has always done.

READ more

3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spirited Away (2001/2002)

America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.

READ more

3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Red Dragon (2002)

What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.

READ more

3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.

READ more

26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

READ more
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

I won't tell you how it ends, but note the film's title is 'not' 'New York State of Mind.'"

READ more

26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snipes (2001)

As Erik puts it, he has 'business to take care of.' That business is hip-hop.

READ more

26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Secretary (2002)

Secretary is about anxiety, depression, the inability to communicate.

READ more
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth / The End of Evangelion (1997)

Multi-layered, ultraviolent, and profoundly disturbing, Evangelion depicts the end of the world as we know it and after seeing it, I most definitely do 'not' feel fine.

READ more

26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Long Goodbye (1973/2002)

Not just empty genre deconstruction, The Long Goodbye dares to ask some very basic questions about the hard-boiled detective hero.

READ more
More Recent Reviews
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Truth and Other Restrictions: 'True Detective' - Episode 7 - "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

// Channel Surfing

"Series creator Nic Pizzolatto constructs the entire season on a simple exchange: death seems to be the metaphysical wage of knowledge.

READ the article