Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Shower

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Chinese director Zhang Yang's film about a male-only public bathhouse in Beijing is resolutely old-fashioned and, despite a burnish of novelty bestowed by its exotic locale, a little too familiar, a little too sentimental and, finally, a little too cute.

Continue reading »

Woman on Top

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This silly contemporary fairy tale about realigning the balance of power between men and women — with more than a nod to Like Water For Chocolate — focuses on a woman who uses cooking as a means to express her desires — with the beautiful and personable Penelope Cruz.

Continue reading »

Highlander: Endgame

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

First-time MTV-style director Douglas Aarniokoski often fails to realize what the first and best film of the series, Highlander (1986), was essentially about: two immortal swordsmen — one good, one evil — locked in mortal combat.

Continue reading »

Party! Party! Party!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This is a dream: Gamers alike have yearned for a system that would deliver a multiplayer, party punch — taking the humdrum of singles night to a more intoxicating level. That is the authority of Sega’s blazing Dreamcast. First, automatic transmission is provided in Infogrames’ phenomenally pleasant surprise, Wacky Races....

Continue reading »

Party! Party! Party!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This is a dream: Gamers alike have yearned for a system that would deliver a multiplayer, party punch — taking the humdrum of singles night to a more intoxicating level. That is the authority of Sega’s blazing Dreamcast. First, automatic transmission is provided in Infogrames’ phenomenally pleasant surprise, Wacky Races....

Continue reading »

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Blue-collar, white-collar

A new French drama of age-old class struggling.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

A bracing reminder of just why France — a model for the shiny, prosperous new Europe — is plagued by labor unrest. Director Laurent Cantet’s unassuming yet undeniably powerful film takes on the scope of a classic tragedy.

Continue reading »

The Decalogue

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The monumental 10-hour film by the late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski is a collection of short stories, each related to one of the Ten Commandments while centering around a point of moral crisis - a towering work of humane pessimism.

Continue reading »

The Color of Paradise

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Much of this Iranian film (and Oscar nominee) by Majid Majidi is stiffly acted and awkwardly subtitled, but when the dramatic crunch comes Majidi’s gaze is steady and sure. Unfortunately, getting there is a gooey sentimental trip.

Continue reading »

Love & Sex

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Director Valerie Breiman’s blow-by-blow coverage of two goofballs in love very nearly wears out its welcome. What keeps it from being cloying are two underrated performers, Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau, who play up their strengths from a position of weakness.

Continue reading »

Alice and Martin

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

André Téchiné’s intelligent movie stumbles over its own knowingness. It’s an example of a now-familiar French film genre, the elliptical chamber piece, but too much happens to too little effect and the melodramatic bits don’t mesh with the slice-of-life parts – with Juliette Binoche.

Continue reading »

Best Things to Do In Detroit

Most Popular

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation