Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Love and Basketball

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

When 11-year-old Quincy McCall tells his new neighbor Monica Wright that he’s going to be in the NBA and she’ll be his cheerleader, he’s evoking the athletic status quo where men triumphantly compete while women stand on the sidelines. It’s also a defense mechanism because Monica nearly beats him...

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U-571

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

When director Jonathon Mostow (Breakdown) embarked on the submarine action drama U-571, he knew comparisons to similar films such as Das Boot were inevitable. Not only did he expect them, but he also welcomed them, given that he admired the classic film and based part of his research on...

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The Bat Whispers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The Bat Whispers (1930), writer-director Roland West’s adaptation of a novel (and later play) by Mary Roberts Rinehart, is a classic example of the "old dark house" film, a genre which seems to have come to a bad end with the recent remake of The Haunting (though The Blair...

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Joe Gould's Secret

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

In the bohemian New York City of the 1940s, Joseph Mitchell (Stanley Tucci) is a staff writer at the New Yorker who specializes in pithy portraits of the city’s neglected underclass. So when he first spies the disheveled but well-spoken Joe Gould (Ian Holm) at a Greenwich Village diner,...

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Corrosion Tone: Contemporary Japanese Experimental Film

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

It’s a wonder that the avant-garde – the highly serious and self-important avant-garde – has survived the trivializing onslaughts of the Ironic Age, but if this collection of five short Japanese experimental films is any indication, it has. Or at least it has in Japan. These days American experimental...

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Deterrence

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Like the recent television remake of Fail Safe, Deterrence feels like a Cold War relic even though it’s set in 2008. Shot on a single set, and dependant on dialogue over action, Deterrence has the claustrophobic feel of a filmed play. This conscious artificiality is carefully calculated by writer-director...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2000

Titus

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Anyone who thinks Shakespeare has to be endured instead of enjoyed won’t be swayed by Titus, director Julie Taymor’s audacious reimagining of the historical tragedy Titus Andronicus. Taymor, the acclaimed avant-garde theater director who found mainstream fame with The Lion King, has turned one of William Shakespeare’s least-acclaimed plays...

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42 Up

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This is the sixth installment of a series of documentaries by British director Michael Apted which began with 7 Up in 1962 and which has followed, at seven-year intervals, the fortunes of a group of boys and girls (now men and women) from varying backgrounds. Part anthropological treatise and...

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Four-color opera

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Although P. Craig Russell has left a mark on mainstream comics, he has never been one to shy away from broadening the scope of what comics can do. Alongside the superheroes, he’s found a place for the classics, first by adapting the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde and then...

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Spooktacular fun

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Jill Thompson first brought her Scary Godmother to the world in the form of a fully painted hardcover graphic novel. The tale of Little Hannah and her trips to the Fright Side quickly won over fans of all ages with its oddball flavor and lovable cast of frighteners. Now...

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