Hey, what's playing at the movies this weekend?
"But somewhere along the way, the film loses its moxie and becomes the very thing the flag-raisers would have detested—another bronze-cast tribute to bravery and self-sacrifice, destined to fill out a three-hour slot in a Memorial Day TV marathon."
Ouch! Scott Tobias
runs Flags of Our Fathers
up the flagpole but doesn't salute it.
"Inadvertently, Coppola has painted a pathetic portrait of a spoiled kitten not unlike herself, born into unlimited resources and without a thought in her pretty head, before she lost it entirely."
Ouch! Michael Atkinson
(now writing for The Stranger
and the Boston Phoenix
) gives an off-with-its-head to Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette
"[P]erhaps, someday, a critical history of Scorsese's fall from cinematic greatness will reveal how the trailblazing director of Who's That Knocking at My Door
, Mean Streets
and Taxi Driver
went from chronicling the amorality of the neighborhood tough guys he grew up envying, to turning that covetousness into a flamboyant cinematic pissing match."
Ouch! Armond White
, sending no flowers to The Departed