November 5, 1999 |
Unlikely material can inspire exceptional films: witness "The Insider." What could sound less promising than the legal fuss surrounding one man's indecision about telling what he knows about cigarettes, unless it's the internal wranglings of a television network's news division? But it is the triumph of this Michael Mann-directed film that those iffy scenarios result in a compelling drama, as notable for the importance of what it has to say as for the riveting skill with which it's said.
September 24, 1994 |
Some of the most valuable rock 'n' roll over the years has been served up by small, independent labels--from Sun Records in the 1950s to Stiff Records in the '70s to Sub Pop and Matador in the '80s and '90s. But few of these indie labels have been as identifiable--aurally and visually--as 4AD. Over the past 14 years, the London-bred company has coupled spiritual, dark and surreal music with its own style of abstract album art and presented it all with handmade care.
September 29, 1990 |
The CMJ New Music Report's Top 150 album chart is the master scoreboard in the world of alternative rock, and the latest list of records making the rounds on college radio and in underground circles offers the usual diversity. Familiar names like John Hiatt and the Pretenders mingle with Cavedogs and Strawberry Zots. The music? Punk, folk, progressive, ethnic, art-metal, rap, electro-doom-rock and reggae are all represented. Even under this open door policy, it's possible to be surprised.
June 6, 2003 |
"Whale Rider" has been something of a sensation on the international film festival circuit, winning audience awards at such diverse and influential festivals as Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam and San Francisco. Yet far from over-hyping the project, all those honors turn out not to do justice to this significant and surprising film. Surprising because audience awards often go to undemanding, preternaturally cheerful ventures.
March 16, 2004 |
The success of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," now working near-miracles at movie box offices, has spread to the music business with a soundtrack album that has broken into the national top 20 without the kind of pop hits that usually drive hit albums from films. How far the movie's coattails will stretch will be tested next month with the arrival of a second album officially tied to the movie, "Songs Inspired by ...
December 21, 2001
Movies Drama "A Beautiful Mind" "In the Bedroom" "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" "The Man Who Wasn't There" "Mulholland Dr."
December 25, 2001 |
"Ali" opens with a shot of Will Smith as a bundled-up 22-year-old Cassius Clay doing late-night roadwork in preparation for his 1964 heavyweight title fight with Sonny Liston. It's an arresting visual, of a lonely sphinx in sweats, and it tells you a lot about why a film that is as impressive as this one ends up less satisfying than it should.
January 18, 2004 |
Dizzee Rascal "Boy in Da Corner" (Matador) *** 1/2 In 2002, English hip-hop producer and rapper Mike Skinner, a.k.a. the Streets, introduced Americans to a relentless, verbose, street-tuff style called garage or two-step, a combination of minimalist beat and torrid rap that broke hip-hop free from R&B and, at the time, sounded like a revolution. Now it's clear he was just making way for Dizzee Rascal.
December 22, 2000 |
"Gladiator," the computer-enhanced blockbuster that revived the Roman spectacle genre in Hollywood, and the soon-to-be-released "Traffic," a journey through the underbelly of the modern drug trade, led with five nominations each as the 58th annual Golden Globe nominations for film and television were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills.
July 15, 2005
[PROGRAMS] Comedy series "Arrested Development," Fox; "Desperate Housewives," ABC; "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS; "Scrubs," NBC; "Will & Grace," NBC Drama series "Deadwood," HBO; "Lost," ABC; "Six Feet Under," HBO; "24," Fox; "The West Wing," NBC Miniseries "Elvis," CBS; "Empire Falls," HBO; "The 4400," USA; "The Lost Prince (Masterpiece Theatre)," PBS Movies "Lackawanna Blues," HBO; "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," HBO; "The Office Special," BBC America; "Warm Springs," HBO; "The Wool