Wednesday, December 26, 2001

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In August 1914, British explorer Ernest Shackleton set sail from Plymouth, England, with a 28-man crew determined to be the first to cross Antarctica on foot. Their story is a survival tale of an intensity that would be ludicrous if it were fiction. The film, directed by James Butler, makes excellent use of original footage.

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Bitter, my love

Desire and revenge in the mild but moody Northeast.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The overall mood of this finely calibrated if conventional slice of suffering is one of careful stillness, of patient watching as director Todd Field creates spaces for his actors to register their difficult feelings — but if there's a neatness about its plot, one is still grateful for its basic seriousness. It's a tragedy in the classic mode — with Sissy Spacek and Marisa Tomei.

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The Majestic

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Director Frank Darabont has turned a mistaken-identity device into a lovely meditation on loss and restoration — an irony-free fable about decency triumphing in the face of cowardice and shame — with Jim Carrey.

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Kate & Leopold

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Director James Mangold wants to have it both ways in this modern love story, one that reasserts the mythology of romance while making fun of escapist romance stories — with Meg Ryan, Liev Schrieber and a perfectly nuanced performance from Hugh Jackman.

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How High

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Overall, this is a good movie for Method Man-Redman fans. Because the veteran rappers are known connoisseurs of fine roots and herbs, weaving weed into the plot is a no-brainer. But know going in whether you can stomach the N-word, B-word and H-word used ad nauseam.

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Joe Somebody

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This film's calculated mainstream populist intentions prevent its workplace satire from approaching anything near the bite of, say, Mike Judge's Office Space. The scenes with Tim Allen and James Belushi have a kind of low-wattage charm and Allen throughout seems like somebody worth rooting for. But it's the script that sinks this one.

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Sketches of Gil

At last, a bio of jazz pianist Gil Evans, the feeling man's arranger.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Gil Evans — Out of the Cool: His Life and Music is a quiet celebration of an ingenious musical innovator. Jazz innovators don’t always kick in the door to the future like some steroid-crazed Rambo blazing away with the latest weapons of mass cultural destruction. More typically they’re ordinary Joes...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2001

His Name Is Alive

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Considering that announcements for almost every His Name Is Alive performance are either earmarked with the phrase "first show in a long time" or "last time we’ll see this band for a while," it's safe to say that the live HNIA experience is a rare and festive occasion. The...

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‘Better when we’re loved’

Alistair MacLeod captures raw needs in a distant place.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Alistair MacLeod’s compact body of work presents a powerful case against literary overproduction: there’s his sparkling novel, No Great Mischief, published in 1999, and now a near-perfect collection of 16 stories written between 1966 and 1999. In both books, MacLeod renders knowing and affectionate portraits of the hard-working, tight-knit,...

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Poet's palate

Jim Harrison finds much to eat and much to say about it.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

How easily we forget that the life over examined is not worth living. Rather than descend into the sump of neuroticisms that makes many of us what we are, I’d like to think that my eating and drinking comprise a strenuous search for the genuine, that I am a voyager,...

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