Black Snake Moan
July 26th, 2007

It’s not clear how symbolic the device is (much of the movie seems to be), but Rae’s sexual urges are depicted as an uncontrollable mania even she can’t control, urges that will destroy any decent, God-fearing man close enough.

Macbeth
December 19th, 2006

If you’ve watched a film, read a book, been to a play or watched TV news any time in the last millennia, you’ve digested the core set of themes of the human condition Shakespeare identified.


I Am Legend
December 26th, 2007

So your best bet if you want something just like the book is to read it. If you want to appreciate the movie for what it is, forget everything about Mathieson’s novel except the premise, because as a piece of cinema, I Am Legend is among the two or three best science fiction movies of 2007.

Snakes on a Plane
August 26th, 2006

There’s an over-reliance of special effects, but keeping the genre in mind, giving the whole thing an unreal, larger-than-life air might have been intentional.


Walking Tall
August 12th, 2004

When Arnie symbolically passed the mantle of action movie alpha male in Welcome to the Jungle, it was to a pro wrestler. The possibility of a new action hero with any more acting talent than the last looked slim.

Time to Leave
December 19th, 2006

By contrast, American movies come from a culture where actions speak louder than words, where the sight of a gun wins a rock-paper-scissors game over intellect any day.






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