Wednesday, November 12, 2003

The Matrix Revolutions

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Why aren’t the musings about artificial intelligence, control, power and consciousness really that important in The Matrix Revolutions? Because all the energy you expend in imagining this is really good sci-fi is thoroughly insulted by the 15-minute jujitsu/machine gun/crouching tiger jumps you have to swallow. Overkill city.

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Elephant

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Gus Van Sant’s latest film follows its young cast as they walk through an insipid high school journey. You’ve read and seen all there is to read and see about the Columbine High School slaughter, but this film will make you "feel" it. It is a terrifying, beautiful thing to witness.

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Everybody Says I'm Fine

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Rahul Bose’s hit-and-miss fantasy about a mind-reading hairdresser is set largely in an upper-class Bombay salon. Up to the point that Bose loses control of his material, this is an odd and interesting film.

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Suddenly

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Argentinian writer/director Diego Lerman’s feature debut, filmed in black and white, begins with a certain harshness and then melts into something bittersweet. The directorial choices go a great distance in making a slight story seem nearly profound, with a layer of visual drama and poetry to the film.

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Deathbed: The Bed That Eats

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

“I’ve been imprisoned behind my painting, in limbo, for 60 years now since my death.” Like a child in a closet peering at things he’s not allowed to see, a young artist stares out from behind a picture he drew of his own deathbed. Neither dead nor alive himself,...

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Love Actually

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

I don’t know who invented the term "emotional pornography," but after seeing Love Actually, I know its definition. This movie by makers of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones’ Diary abandons story, logic and any connection with reality, throwing more than a dozen different characters on screen to make sure not a moment passes without another attempt at cheap sentiment.

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Elf

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

With Saturday Night Live alumnus Will Ferrell starring, Elf is a gut-buster of laughs, but little more. It smartly pays tribute, with some humorous effects, to the old favorites, such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, but becomes a mostly predictable rehash of the Christmas-spirit-conversion story. Undeniably cute, but not destined to become a Christmas classic.

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Waxing on tracks

Nick Hornby gives readers new ways of hearing old favorites.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Obviously, novelist Nick Hornby loves pop music and understands music collectors. He's also no slouch at writing. But his combined powers still aren't sufficient to make an exceptional book about music itself, or so Songbook would appear to show. Hornby's 1995 novel High Fidelity brilliantly used record collecting to explore...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003

A Woman Is a Woman

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The main character is something of a bubblehead and the plot is a piece of fluff. The humor is ham-fisted and the whimsy is brittle. But this is Godard's first wide-screen color film and the documentary-like shots of Paris are sumptuous. It’s a definite curio that's worth making up your own mind about.

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Pieces of April

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Amid the lackluster holiday cinematic fare, this indie flick offers a breath of realism and fresh air. The "Thanksgiving in downtown New York City" story — a neurotic comedy as poignant as it is hilarious — contemplates the emotional bond between family members.

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