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The grain of the title puts me in mind of everything that nourishes you in the film: its frankness, probity, care and intelligence, offered not just in crumbs but as a whole loaf. I wish this could be our daily bread.
Posted Mar 18, 2007
The Namesake (2006)
There are weddings, parties and a funeral in the movie. Nair knows exactly what to do with these. As a director, she has the instincts of a great hostess -- which I mean as high praise.
Posted Mar 18, 2007
Grbavica (2007)
Recognizing that Zbanic had flattered only her characters and not me, I decided this young filmmaker might be allowed room to grow, despite her awards.
Posted Feb 17, 2007
I like melodramas. I also like the way this one downplays the dashing, conventional hero in favor of zipped-up Wiesler, who has understood (rather late, I think) that his bosses have no principles, only power.
Posted Feb 17, 2007
What emerges most powerfully, though, is an intimate sense of sorrow, and of decency. If there is any chance that popular American cinema will continue to be an art form, then I bet Eastwood's Iwo Jima films will stand as a monumental achievement.
Posted Jan 13, 2007
You may notice that Soderbergh, for all his intelligence, hasn't gotten beneath the surface of his stock figures, into the lived experience that might underlie them.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
Though certain of his fans may stare mistakenly at his narrative threads, hoping for a pattern to emerge, wiser moviegoers know that Lynch just wants to pull the rug out from under them. Then he slips it back under their feet so he can pull it again.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
How do the stars of Blood Diamond make so many improbable escapes from hails of bullets? You'd think the movie ought to be called Near-Death Experience.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
Flags of Our Fathers happens to be very good: intelligent, compelling, lovingly made and strikingly appropriate to our present moment in history.
Posted Nov 25, 2006
The goings-on in For Your Consideration are as uproariously funny as in any of Guest's films to date; and thanks to O'Hara's genius, they're a little heartbreaking, too.
Posted Nov 25, 2006
Jentsch keep[s] up a subtle, restrained performance while the movie Nazis around her are screaming themselves red in the face. She succeeds beyond all expectation.
Posted Nov 25, 2006
Borat is the movie of the year, the picture that makes all other films irrelevant.
Posted Nov 25, 2006
Lovingly cast, suavely directed and always pitched perfectly, whatever its tone, Duck Season is the kind of small, quiet, thoughtful movie that ought to be as abundant as Sunday afternoons.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
[The Film's] most powerful forces are confused, unstoppable desires.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
They make fun of you for watching their movies, and still they get paid!
Posted Nov 11, 2006
It is spendthrift in budget yet cautious in style, steadfast in holding to Lewis's imagination yet timorous about using any of its own.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Syriana (2005)
This is neither realism nor tragedy. It's cynicism, which exposes itself most nakedly in Damon's addresses to the Arab characters, and in Gaghan's own portrayal of them.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Maybe this material isn't entirely fresh, but Zwigoff delivers it with the snap of a quick punch to the face -- which is, in fact, the first image in the film, and a model for innumerable excellent sight gags to follow.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Two and a half hours of cinematic slog.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Until we get an accounting, let's be grateful we've got the docudrama.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Revenge is liberty. I can't recall hearing that particular idea from Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama or the makers of Batman Begins. But as the Wachowski brothers would say, that's another paradigm.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
In Albert Brooks's new film, we get another plausible explanation of why we fight -- and it may be the most unsettling of all.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
The Departed (2006)
There is nothing more to say, except 'Go.'
Posted Nov 11, 2006
It's both a crafty little picture and a forthright one -- a neat trick.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
To sit before the film is to participate in a ritual of solidarity and redemption, to which the flimsiness of two-thirds of the movie is irrelevant.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Coppola's tone is more like that of Manoel de Oliveira's deadpan renditions of nineteenth-century novels, but lighter and sweeter, as befits a queen who was fond of meringue.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
David Zeiger's documentary feature Sir! No Sir! might be described as a therapeutic film, since it seeks to cure some small part of America's amnesia.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Match Point (2005)
His most absorbing picture in years.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
A well-meaning mediocrity.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Gabrielle (2006)
Chronically impassive and faultlessly incurious about others, Gabrielle has been, for ten years, the perfect ornament of a social circle where 'emotion and failure are feared more than war.'
Posted Nov 11, 2006
While Lazarescu is descending on his nighttime journey toward zero, the film builds up an entire social world around him--one that is harrowing, funny, infuriating, outrageous and sometimes profoundly moving.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
A Scanner Darkly is funny, unnerving, astonishing, urgent. It's my kind of summertime special-effects extravaganza.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
...A very funny, frequently infuriating, and (of course) unrated exposé of the film rating board of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Old Joy (2006)
The closely observed exchanges, which are so rambling and yet leave so much unstated, make the silences between Mark and Kurt echo with regret, longing, hope.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
49 Up (2006)
The wonder of 49 Up is its unfolding, within a little more than two hours, of so many specific lives...
Posted Nov 11, 2006
The film was directed by Mary Harron from a screenplay she wrote with Guinevere Turner. In the past, these two did substantial work. Now they play, so that audiences may have the double pleasure of enjoying their porn while feeling superior to it.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Why We Fight (2006)
How does all this disparate material fit together? Uneasily.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
L'Enfant (2006)
A film about roads and cell phones, decaying buildings and people who ought to be budding, indifference masked by buffoonery, the belief that money just floats around.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Inside Man (2006)
Yes, Lee did a contract job -- but that doesn't mean he slapped his coat of paint onto someone else's house.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
A Prairie Home Companion is surely the bounciest, cheeriest musical I've ever seen on the subject of death and failure.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
...Preposterously funny, perpetually inventive, implausibly successful...
Posted Nov 11, 2006
The Black Dahlia turns out to be something of questionable structural integrity, pieced together from old movies.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Sometimes, when the right movie people come together, a blatantly commercial decision actually strengthens the artistic impulse, as you can see from Zhang's filial treatment of Takakura in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Volver (2006)
As perfect moments go, this one was odd and incomplete; and yet, when a plump droplet spilled across Cruz's eyelashes, tears came to me, too.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Thank You for Smoking scarcely seems able to recognize a character trait, let alone develop it.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Edmond (2005)
Every moment of Edmond is extraordinary.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
But since this film giddily oversteps all other bounds of decorum, up to the edge of child pornography, I won't complain about the happy ending.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
Quinceañera (2006)
Lovely and lovable.
Posted Nov 11, 2006