Pretty Hurts: Why The Steely Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Holds Up

There is a lot of fighting in 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but almost none of the blows look like they hurt. The one really painful attack here—the one where you sort of recoil from the screen—is when one woman tells another woman that they're not friends anymore, that they could never be sisters. That's… » 1/16/15 12:49pm 1/16/15 12:49pm

Incense And Disappointments. Life of Pi, Reviewed.

1. Life of Pi is about 65 minutes of staggering cinematic beauty surrounded by 55 minutes of touchy-feely New Age claptrap. You recognize the kind, with its choose-your-own-adventure brand of spirituality, and God as captain of the ship sailing everyone's personal journey for self-fulfillment and understanding. At its… » 11/20/12 5:50pm 11/20/12 5:50pm

Life Of Pi's Ang Lee: The World's Least-Cool Great Director

It's hard to classify Ang Lee, whose latest movie, Life of Pi, comes out on Wednesday. He's a respected, acclaimed director—he won an Oscar for Brokeback Mountain—but he's not in any one niche. He's not a purely commercial filmmaker—his one stab at that was Hulk—but he's also not a challenging, provocative art-house… » 11/16/12 7:02pm 11/16/12 7:02pm