Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Korean seasons

Buddhist themes masked in lush and enjoyable storytelling

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

A Buddhist meditation on the cyclical nature of life with a lot of old-fashioned entertainment value. It’s divided into five sections reflecting the age of the protagonist as he grows from child monk (spring) to old master (winter), with a final prologue bringing the story full circle. In Korean with English subtitles.

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Equinox Flower

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Three daughters make decisions contrary to their parents’ wishes. The fact that the parents and daughters all know each other in overlapping combinations would suggest a comedy of manners but everything’s played more or less straight. Some people regard this film as another of Ozu’s masterpieces. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Connie and Carla

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Nia Vardalos, as with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, writes and stars in Connie and Carla. Unlike Wedding, which was based on Vardalos’ life, this outing is purely fiction (unless Vardalos was chased by mobsters and tried to hide out as a drag queen). Unfortunately, everything this film is trying to do has been done before.

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Man on Fire

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

In Mexico, Creasy (Denzel Washington) is a man attempting to drown his demons and his traumatic past in alcohol. Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony) hire him to bodyguard Ramos’ young daughter. When she’s abducted, he leaves a trail of righteous destruction behind him.

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Kill Bill Vol. 2

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Thurman’s cool, lily-white Bride seems the photographic negative of Grier’s hot, full-bodied mamas in iconic blaxploitation flicks. But Tarantino is an ironist who juxtaposes, twists and expands stock characters and plots into something unique. Plugging his pale bride into a blaxploitation-esque plot is this year’s model of his genius.

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City lover

Our Lady of Perpetual Subculture & other urban haunts

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

What does it mean to love a city? Can you really identify with a multitude of inhabitants, their hopes and despairs and all their damned tics? Can you sing the praises of the high rises and the lowlifes, the glitter and the grit? Well, maybe love isn’t the right...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Men bad, women good

Peeling back the veneer of civility with a sneer

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Xan Meo, the fictional famous actor and budding author of Martin Amis’ new novel Yellow Dog, goes out for a drink one night and gets his head bashed in by a man who mutters a cryptic accusation before delivering the life-altering blows. Thus begins a brutal and raw satire...

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The White Stripes: Sweethearts of the Blues

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The White Stripes: Sweethearts of the Blues by Denise Sullivan Backbeat Books, 192 pp. Morphing the Blues: The White Stripes and the Strange Relevance of Detroit by Martin Roach Chrome Dreams, 192 pp.   On page 150 of Sweethearts of the Blues, author Denise Sullivan clearly states there is very...

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The America in his head

Von Trier’s misanthropic take on Our Town

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The influences of Bertold Brecht and Samuel Beckett are apparent in this heavy handed, Bizarro World version of Our Town, where chalk diagrams on the sound-stage floor substitute for houses. Set in a small town in the Rockies in the Depression, this yarn, like others by Danish writer-director Lars von Trier, is poised somewhere between a serious work of art and a great practical joke. The great cast includes Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgard, Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara and James Caan.

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Games People Play: New York

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Six attractive, *uninhibited* New Yorkers (three men, three women) perform soap opera-esque skits and take their clothes off, sing in make-shift trios and take their clothes off, seduce delivery boys and take their clothes off, ... and, you get the picture. Reality TV for the big screen.

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