Support Local Journalism. Donate to Detroit Metro Times.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Manly memoirs

Big laughs for gay actor's midlife recap.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The tendency to memorialize a life still in process is usually best avoided, just in case the latter years materialize into an invalidating process of the whimsy that fed a youthful mind. Self-described "truly independent actor" Craig Chester proves quite the exception with his just-released book, Why the Long Face?...

Continue reading »

Cinematic windmills

The tragicomic misadventures of Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Terry Gilliam’s life imitates his art in cinematically tragic ways. After less than a week of shooting, the fantasy-train that would be The Man Who Killed Don Quixote collides with the realities of the filmmakers and the gods. Though Gilliam seems experienced at defending his innocence from years of cinema’s onslaughts, it’s a wonder he hasn’t lost it yet.

Continue reading »

Dark Blue

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Kurt Russell gives a great performance in Ron Shelton’s first effort at directing a movie he didn’t write himself. It’s a cop redemption story whose script is so by-the-numbers it sinks into self-parody, rendering Russell’s effort nearly pointless.

Continue reading »

Ikiru

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Ikiru (1952), Akira Kurosawa's rather amazing blend of sentimentality and cynicism, part humanist fable and part black comedy, celebrates the indomitable spirit of a minor bureaucrat dying of cancer, while at the same time casting a jaundiced eye at the society around him.

Continue reading »

The Life of David Gale

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Although Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet have proved themselves in the past, they waste their talents here on a flawed script. Any dialectic concerning the ethical-moral issues of capital punishment is undermined when the Hollywood murder-mystery formula takes the front seat.

Continue reading »

Old School

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A trio of 30-ish grownups start their own fraternity on the campus of a local college, bringing peace, love and kegstanding to males young and old. But despite the presence of "SNL" alum Will Ferrell, this is not Animal House: The Golden Years.

Continue reading »

Gods and Generals

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A more appropriate title for director Ronald Maxwell's prequel to Gettysburg would be The Great Whitewashing of the Rebellion. The film tries to deify Confederate leaders and intentions, but luckily it's far too tedious to be considered propaganda.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Thought dances

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

In a way, to begin is to embrace an end. Knowing that end intimately is more than an intellectual exercise; it’s a move toward more conscious living. Poet and writer Lyn Hejinian delves deeply into this idea in this second edition of her short work of poetry, The Beginner....

Continue reading »

Recipe for revenge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Many years ago, when I was young and stupid, I fell for a verbally abusive alcoholic, Karl, who cheated on me, spent the rent money on strippers and turned out to be on the lam from a warrant in another state for trafficking cocaine. The relationship ended badly, but I...

Continue reading »

Down-home blues

A West African son discovers that you can’t go back again.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

In director Abderrahmane Sissako's acutely observational and dreamlike film, a young man returns to his small seaside village on the west coast of Africa. Having forgotten the native dialect and cut off by his inability to communicate, he watches the locals like a curious and not entirely comfortable tourist.

Continue reading »

Best Things to Do In Detroit

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

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