Tuesday, December 9 2003
In almost every way, Bad Boys II is larger, louder, and longer than the original. It is also more of the same.
Thursday, December 4 2003
With a Grammy, dozens of connections to other media, the best-selling album on the Internet, legions of fans, and a 20-year music career, it's hard to think of TMBG as anything other than gigantic.
Monday, December 1 2003
At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.
The real peril, though -- the one preceding all the others -- is that if you let it, the city can steal your thoughts.
Most everything in The Mondo Cane Collection is unconventional, from subject matter to editing and direction.
Hollywood did not allow Holliday to display the full range of her talent and intelligence; most of her roles were variants of the 'dumb blonde'.
Memory fuses with fiction and history, and both are subordinated to Chiyoko's overwhelming drive to fulfill a girlhood desire.
It was one of Melville's most commercially successful features, which comes as little surprise considering the pedigree of its stars.
Its strengths lie not in this improbable plot, but in Hartley's challenges to conventions.
Trapped by time, engaged in meaningless caucuses until they're utterly spent, the adults here are really just interested in beheading each other.
Monday, November 17 2003
Surprise: humans have caused the war after all, and the demonization of the aliens was just a government cover-up.
Sergio Leone never met a portentous entrance he didn't like.
'She's really pretty handy with knives and guns, this girl.'"
'School's no place for kids anymore.'"
Growin' a Beard, then, invites us to laugh, but not necessarily to think.
All three films are concerned with ideas, states of being, and subjective experience.
Caught in the middle, Sophie is the perfect human embodiment of the middle world she inhabits.
The doodles are all bulbous heads, puckered lips and low-slung Cro-Magnon shoulders.
Julie Christie's ageless beauty brings more than sufficient radiance to Afterglow.
Monday, November 3 2003
Pai comes into her own by juggling expectations and desires.