Always an astonishing visual craftsman, House of Flying Daggers is as impressive as anything Yimou’s ever done. The shifting colors and landscapes flow in and out of one another like a dreamy netherworld, while the tiniest woodland sounds sparkle and hum with the majesty of a symphonic orchestra.
Bad Education is a brazen, ambisexual noir that embraces the conventions of the genre while at the same time shattering them with explicit wickedness.
It’s a beautiful screenplay overflowing with moments of such sudden, tight-fisted insanity that frequently knocked my socks off, all of its coupled with a poignant purity that’s beyond terrific. As early-year movies go, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind isn’t just a surprise, it’s a bona fide cinematic miracle I’m not ever going to forget.
American Splendor is an absolute delight.
Dirty Pretty Things is one of the year’s best films.
As a film guaranteed to impress and absolutely assured to make an audience think, Far from Heaven is nothing less than divine.
There are far too few films that make me giddy and excited about the art of cinema. Adaptation is one of them. See it at once.
Real Women Have Curves is a cinematic experience I’m going to fondly remember for the rest of my life.
Punch-Drunk Love is Sandler’s finest hour.