Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Smash! Pow! Bam!

Boardroom supervillains shred the Marvel Comics empire.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Mega-investor Ron Perelman has all the traits of a comic book supervillain. He is massively wealthy and powerful. More to the point, he exudes enough vanity and overreach to make Lex Luthor and Dr. Doom seem like a couple of Girl Scouts. So it's not surprising to see Perelman slugging...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Art imitates life

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

I remember as if it were yesterday. It was the early ’90s and music journalist Cheo Hodari Coker wrote a scathing editorial for Rap Pages magazine about freshman rap group the Wu-Tang Clan. Master Killer, one of the Clan members, had taken offense to an illustration of Wu-Tang that...

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Killing jokes

Michael Moore’s satiric documentary probes our daily dread.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Documentary filmmaker and folksy polemicist Michael Moore, famous for his exposés of corporate greed and misconduct, has made a very funny movie about the fear that permeates American culture. It’s a disturbing comedy touching on media fixations, corporate complicity, international politics and racism.

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The Grey Zone

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

During World War II, the SS chose groups of Jews, known as Sonderkommando, to assist in the gassing and disposing of Jews. In return, they received small luxuries and a few extra months of life. There were 13 Sonderkommando in all. The Grey Zone is the story of the 12th, in Auschwitz.

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The Ring

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Between the lines and the frames of The Ring lies an allegory on the evils of media — very smart and very scary. Director Gore Verbinski plots a course less traveled into a realm of mysteries. He partially unravels them, but leaves us in a free-falling state bordering on jaw-dropping awe.

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The Alloy Orchestra

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The three-man "orchestra" comes to the Detroit Film Theatre this weekend, electronically synthesizing a strange ensemble of moody voices for such silent films as Douglas Fairbanks Sr.’s The Black Pirate, Dovzhenko’s Earth, Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton shorts, and Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.

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Sanjuro

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

After the huge popularity of Yojimbo (1961), director Akira Kurosawa revived the character of the seedy samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) for this 1962 follow-up, a film even more overtly comic than its predecessor. Its climax, incredibly cartoonish and horrific, has to be seen to be disbelieved.

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Bloody Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This film, built not on story and character but on history and bare bits of information, recounts what happened January 30, 1972 in the Northern Irish town of Derry, when an anti-internment civil rights march turned violent as British soldiers shot 27 unarmed Irish civilians, killing 13 of them.

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Formula 51

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The active ingredients of this quirky crime flick seem logical: Samuel L. Jackson, American cinema’s "Bad Motherfucker," and Hong Kong action director Ronny Yu’s visual adrenaline. But it’s cut with so much third-generation Quentin Tarantino that it’s more an entertainment low than a high.

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The Man From Elysian Fields

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Casting Andy Garcia as a failed novelist-turned-tuxedo-clad escort isn’t the best way to sell a movie. While he’s good at playing the sad sack, there’s absolutely zero about him that says "sex for hire." Mick Jagger, the only thing worth watching in this slow-paced film, seems to sag under the knowledge that he deserves better.

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