Sunday, January 1 1995
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.
Just in case there is an audience member who hasn't seen the news since, like, 1970, the film uses this conversation and some supposedly comic comparisons between the Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods to illustrate Colm's inferior position in society (and by extension, the position of Belfast's Catholics generally).
Harshly beautiful, 'Eureka' is also contrary and strange: intertwining subjects as sensational as serial killing and as mundane as life on the road in a Winnebago, it never quite takes you where you think it will. "
The first scene in 'Exit Wounds' shows Boyd (Steven Seagal) arriving to a speech on handgun control given by the Vice President. He arrives late to the speech, cueing the audience -- and his superiors -- to his renegade spirit.
Wigs. Ideally, they can change everything: your appearance, your self-image, your imagined possibilities, your identity. In the movies, wigs can also effect change, but at the same time, they carry moral meanings, they can suggest artifice and disguise, dashed dreams and pathologies.
There are a lot of things to like about 'The Emperor's New Groove', and one of the most compelling is the fact that the lead character, the teenaged Emperor Kuzco (voiced by David Spade) is largely unlikable.
Hollywood's most recent millennial offering is End of Days, the latest in a long line of apocalyptic visions that have seen the planet threatened by the likes of aliens, asteroids, tidal waves, even bats.
It feels like a chain industry has bought up a neighborhood institution. It's inevitable, but it is also, like the mall that looms so prominently in Evolution's imaginative realm, routine and uninspired.
This is Enemy at the Gates's most elegant theme, one that its often heavy-handed melodrama almost but not quite diminishes: that to be observed is to die, but to be invisible and quiet as the dead may allow you to survive.
For all their superficial differences, the women are actually surprisingly homogenous, in attitude as well as their intellectual and emotional void, and in their collective role as the 'exotic other.'"
As this minimal plot summary suggests, 'Exit Wounds' is full of cliches that it displays proudly. It is what it is -- a Steven Seagal formula flick dressed up so a hip-hop-martial arts crowd might appreciate it, and even tolerate Seagal.
When I was watching her host the PTL Club in the early 1980's, I always thought of her more as an entertaining oddity -- a bizarre cross between a country singer, a drag queen, and Elmer Gantry.
For a film that concerns itself with the increasing complexity of hyper-evolutionary organisms, 'Evolution' is decidedly simplistic and one-dimensional.
The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen is really The Version That We Would Never Have Let You See If We Didn't Need New Material For DVD.
Do you ever wonder what Arnold thinks about himself? Is he proud of his lunkhead-robot self-image? Is he aware of how demented he looks when he smiles on a wide screen? Does he ever fret that people - even his fans - see him as a guy version of the dumb blond, rippled and well-posed?"