February 23, 2001 |
It came into the film world christened a critic's darling, flush with descriptions like a "riveting revelation of fresh filmmaking talent." It was the toast of Sundance and Cannes. Several specialized distributors were knocking down the door, desperately seeking to buy this newcomer that was creating such a buzz among the festival crowds. There was even talk of its star, Michelle Rodriguez, turning in an Oscar-worthy performance.
January 31, 2000 |
It was a decision that was both sensible and Solomonic. The Sundance Film Festival split its grand jury prize for best dramatic film between the competition's two consensus favorites and added emphasis to its Saturday night decision by giving each co-winner a second major award. It provided a satisfying ending to what, in terms of overall quality and lack of hair-pulling fiascoes, was the most successful festival in years.
January 30, 2000 |
The gritty boxing saga "Girlfight" and the tender sibling reunion tale "You Can Count on Me" shared top honors Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, the nation's top showcase for independent movies. The two movies split the grand jury prize for best dramatic film. "Girlfight" also won the dramatic directing award for Karyn Kusama, and "You Can Count on Me" won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award for Kenneth Lonergan, who also directed the film.
December 5, 2005 |
If "Aeon Flux" is what Charlize Theron does to pay the bills while otherwise being engaged in "Monster" and "North Country," it's probably a reasonable price to pay. For her. For us? No, no, no. Supporting the films of actresses who do good work is one thing. Allowing one's brain to be turned into a Fluffernutter sandwich is something else.
March 29, 2001
Charlie's Angels (2000). This reworking of the 1970s TV series is a potato chip of a movie. Tasty and lightweight, it's fine for a cinematic snack, but making it an entire meal really isn't advisable. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray star. Columbia: no list price; DVD: $24.95; (CC); PG-13, for action violence, innuendoes and some sensuality. Girlfight (2000).
December 27, 2009 |
Jennifer's Body 20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody seems like the perfect person to tackle teen horror, since she's pop-culture-savvy enough to be aware of all the genre's clichés. But from the moment in "Jennifer's Body" when dweeby high school student Needy (Amanda Seyfried) says that she and her cheerleader BFF Jennifer (Megan Fox) are "our yearbook pictures, no more, no less," it's clear that Cody and director Karyn Kusama are more interested in surfaces than depth.