Really marvelous work —thanks for pointing the way to the Rosenbaum review, which I hadn't read. I think Sal's complexity has as much to do with Danny Aiello as Spike Lee; from the DVD commentary it sounds like Lee was fighting Aiello to make Sal less sympathetic. I guess Aiello likes playing basically nice guys. (Turturro, on the other hand...)
Regarding "hinky," credit where it's due: There's a pretty funny conversation about the word "hinky" in 1993's "The Fugitive." It officially entered my vocabulary after that -- though I can never pronounce it with quite the same flair as Tommy Lee Jones.
...also, I think this is the first time I've ever heard the word "hinky" used!
Matt: This is an entertaining and succinct analysis of The Prowler. I enjoy what might as well be a pullquote: "It's not just a classy thriller. It's a thriller about class." You've nailed Losey's thematic obsession and rendered it articulate through the lens of envy. Thanks!--Michael Guillen.
The only offense, is that 9-11 happened in the first place. I happen to think it's a damn good thing to help younger kids get emotional about 9-11, because it is a totally different experience to remember firsthand vs. reading about it in a history book or Wikipedia entry.
One day, there will be people who deny 9-11 ever happened (like they do with the Holocaust) and anything we can do to force people to remember is a good thing.
an older brother's suicide is a class-appropriate signifier of New York-ness, too, via Salinger
Moleskin has an "e" at the end.
"Pittsburg" is spelled with an "h" at the end.
Great review! Exactly why I loved the flick.
Thanks for the insightful review!
Not bad. But Hustle & Flow is not good in any way whatsoever. That fucking song, my god...
Thanks for this review. I was able to check it out over the week-end.
nasty gay thing
"ARE YOU A HIGHLY EDUCATED PERSON"?
Even so, or put differently, even though you may well be highly educated, still, you must not forget to also include balance within your life. For without balance, or without keeping all within its proper prospective, or put differently, without tolerance, or moderation within your life, you truly are not as complete as you may feel that you are. This is one of the truths that the Bible highly exhorts all to have included within their lives.
There's and old, old, hillbilly song that goes like this: when you go through life make this your goal: watch the donut and not the hole. When back as a kid I'd hear this on the radio at times and think this to be an awfully crazy, and foolish song. Even so, today, which are many years later, I feel that song does include a lot of wisdom.
The human mind being as it is: its very easy for people to sometimes get their thought life, or allow their thought life, to start down a very narrow, and limited channel. To have a completely positive, and happy thought life, also a very productive thought life, you simply cannot leave the Creator of the Universe out of your life. Jesus Christ is, and always has been, and always will be, the key to a happy and a well balanced life. If you've never received Him into you're life: Why not invite Him to come in and lead and guide you into a more, truly, productive life style.
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You are the only critic that was right.. this man.. has destroyed so many books... I don't know why anybody would let him take there book rights...
Ahhhhhhh . .. . .
Wait, so you don't a review copy of my new romantic novel, Terror-Fucks in Rodanthe?
Is it really necessary to use the f-word in a movie review? That should be left for the comments section of lousy written reviews like yours. Stick to writing reviews because I don't believe anybody has the constitution to read a novel written by you.
Ben you are funny as hell, as always. I agree that JC was a douche with Titanic. I couldn't watch the whole thing, but did hear enough of that awful Celine Dion at the Oscars that year and elsewhere ad infinitum, and yeah I noticed too that at the end of Avatar we hear her doppelgänger voice wise, worst part of the movie, except for the cigarette ad as Ms. Weaver emerges (in a flick that's supposed to seemingly pick up where Cameron left off with Terminator and the future warnings of some sort of dominance by either machines or the corporations that originally built them). But I got lost in the film and enjoyed the ride and liked the concept of that sort of bodiless freedom for the bodily damaged. And instead of thinking of it as an auteur movie, it seems more just a collective Pixar type techie extravaganza. So kudos for making me laugh at the problems with the movie, but I dug it (just thought though...so what? Now we are all supposed to buy 3D TVs? After everyone just bought a damn flatscreen? Where's John Connor to take out all the new technology when you need him, oh the irony). Oh and agree on Mr. F. Fox. I saw it in a theater so old they had to hand roll back the curtains and straighten them after a Rocky Horror night so you could watch Anderson's brilliant stop animation on a taped together 25 foot screen? I equally lost myself in that one.
Didn't say it needed defending, just understanding: director makes film about transparency: bacon/scientist = verhoeven/director, both "artists" controlled by corporate environments, both on quest to reveal themselves (by stripping down thru film-like transparencies) only to discover the Eliotian emptiness within themselves/all modern men. you take it from there. and watch that spelling!
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