Archive for June, 2006

The Terminal

Added security has turned a quick trip to the airport into a marathon experience. Extensive waits are not uncommon, transforming once bustling mini-municipalities into holding patterns. Imagine spending all day waiting for a flight. Imagine spending nine months waiting for a flight that never comes. Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Man

Whether by choice or accident, it’s impossible to tell by the coming attractions that the new crime thriller Inside Man is a Spike Lee joint. I guess it all depends on how you feel about Lee, who has etched a career with sharp, pointed social commentaries, but rarely works in the mainstream. Even Lee’s best films, Mo’ Better Blues and Do The Right Thing, have only been marginal successes. Read the rest of this entry »

Spike And Mike

Spike & Mike, those bad boys of animation, have been bringing their signature brand of sick and twisted humor to film festivals and video for years, and now they take on DVD with a vengeance. This compilation features 35 animated shorts from various friends and associates, the kind of folk you wouldn’t trust to be left alone with your pets. Read the rest of this entry »

Looney Tunes: Back In Action

You can’t keep a good duck down, as “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” attests. While not as novel as the groundbreaking “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Back in Action” is much better than “Space Jam,” the 1996 blend of live action and Warner Bros. cartoon animation featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Read the rest of this entry »