Sunday, January 1 1995
Hedwig and the Angry Inch's insight into the fluidity of gender is made all the more powerful by Hedwig's own attempts to puzzle through these conundrums. The film doesn't moralize, or try to give set answers.
Lily's detractors can use her slightest slip-ups -- for instance, smoking a cigarette or gambling at cards -- as weapons against her -- in her set, women's smoking is considered improper and even a sign of promiscuity.
The fact that Hardball's Conor is white means nothing, of course, except that he's one in a long line of white characters who become 'better people' because they meet adorable, courageous, noble, and/or doomed minority characters.
Haxan is a documentary grounded in extensive research about the history of witches in Western culture.
The Himalayas themselves are the majestic 'stars' of this film.
Beware films packing the one-two punch of Freddie Prinze, Jr. as romantic lead and supermodels as objects of toilet humor.
What ensues probably won't tell you anything you don't already know: ecstasy makes you chatty, affectionate, and thirsty, dance music is infectious, and young people, like adults, but by different means -- fight boredom with emotional rollercoastering and philosophizing into the wee hours.
'Happy Accidents' is either a sci-fi love story, or a love story in which one of the lovers is crazy.
When he and the team are unable to reverse the effect and he's stuck in a transparent state indefinitely, Sebastian becomes not just mean, but insane.
Longtime 'Simpsons' writer and executive producer David Mirkin's predilection for wickedly witty cartoonishness is only slightly tempered in his live-action movies.
The Highlander series has these problems and more, being first a film franchise that started well and then went suddenly sickeningly wrong, then a syndicated TV show, and now again a film property.
Hamlet often speaks in a voice-over or directly to the video camera that he is rarely without. Sometimes we see the results of these 'video diaries' as he rewatches them on his monitor -- his own Real World confessional.
['Hatari'] reminds us as well that, as David Thomson observes, Hawks is 'the greatest optimist the cinema has produced.' He delineates a world in which men and women, humans and animals, co-exist and achieve an enviable degree of harmony and serenity.
The nostalgia infusing 'Hearts in Atlantis' often makes the film infuriating, as well as just plain dopey.
There's a moment partway through The Hurricane that may cause you to catch your breath. It's a cramped shot, as are most of those showing Ruben Hurricane Carter (Denzel Washington) in his New Jersey State Prison cell.
Gordon Parks' hollering is, of course, far from the usual. Elegant and intelligent, poignant and political, Parks' art encompasses a remarkable range of subjects and forms.