Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013)

A string of elaborate set-ups to clever but odd punchlines in sitcom format. Fantastic. Tags: 2000s, comedy, commentary, essay, television

The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator (2004) is a period epic that isn’t hurt by it’s technical mastery, especially rare for a biopic or historical movie of this grand a scale. UnlikeTitanic, this one has heart and soul and doesn’t feel like it’s way too long. Above all else is a masterful Oscar-nominated performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, with strong […]

Inside Man (2006)

If ever there was any doubt of Spike Lee’s position among the great directors of the current generation, Inside Man clears things up. Plus, we get an immensely satisfying and slyly socially relevant entertainment in the bargain. Tags: 2000s, action, crime, drama, police, political, thriller

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Ziyi Zhang’s obvious discomfort playing a Japanese woman–a particularly Japanese type of woman at that–was about the same as mine as I tried to enjoy more about this movie than the gorgeous photography, design, and costumes. Zhang is a fine actress, but this was not the proper showcase for her talents. Fortunately, the controversial decision […]