52 Quotes of Elvis Mitchell

” Tina Fey, a performer and head writer for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ has deftly adapted Rosalind Wiseman’s nonfiction dissection of teenage girl societal interaction, ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence.’ “
” ‘Old School’ is so breezy it could be a late-night talk show, especially when Craig Kilborn, of ‘The Late Late Show,’ sidles into camera range as a particularly loathsome competitor to Mitch. “
” His work isn’t all glower. Even though he hasn’t smiled in a movie since the underrated ‘Proof’ in the early 1990s, Mr. Crowe is given to a hurt swallow when he’s uncomfortable and to a look of suffering in his eyes. “
” I’m honored to be asked by Stephanie Allain – whom I’ve long admired – to add to the scope of my programming purview at Film Independent. I salute David Ansen for his work with the festival and look forward to continuing to follow his example. “
” Ice Cube went straight outta Compton to hearing, ‘Are we there yet?’ Eddie Murphy blew up striding across the stage in a red leather ensemble that would have made Elvis Presley chuckle, yet is probably best known to anyone born in the 21st century as the overly chatty donkey from ‘Shrek.’ “
” ‘Man is an endangered species,’ announces one of the titles at the beginning of the sci-fi lump ‘Battlefield Earth.’ And after about 20 minutes of this amateurish picture, extinction doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. “
” Theron says that she was intrigued by the psychological demands of the material in playing the complicated ‘Queen Ravenna’, and Stewart’s performance as ‘Snow White’, the fairest of them all, in her first action-heroine role, kept her literally in constant motion. “
” The title ‘Spirited Away’ could refer to what Disney has done on a corporate level to the revered Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s epic and marvelous new anime fantasy. “
” Spending time with Mexican-born writer and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, you’d never guess that he’s the filmmaker behind a series of movies known as the ‘Death Trilogy.’ The way he dotes on his children and talks about his wife makes it clear that he has a crackling passion for life. “
” The director Sofia Coppola’s new comic melodrama, ‘Lost in Translation,’ thoroughly and touchingly connects the dots between three standards of yearning in movies: David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter,’ Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Sunrise’ and Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love.’ “
” Miramax seems to be showing the same faith in Roberto Benigni’s ‘Pinocchio’ that the Republican Party showed in Trent Lott; the live-action version of Carlo Collodi’s fairy tale about the wooden puppet whose only ambition was to be a real live boy was sneaked into theaters Christmas Day. “
” The action comedy ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’ raises one of the most overlooked and important cinematic questions of our time: Can a movie maintain the dramatic integrity of a theme park ride? “
” People can be incredibly proprietary about Superman. They think that the character belongs to them. “
” The pleasantly crude ‘Hall Pass’ reminds us of what’s been missing from movies: Those squirm-inducing moments in comedy that produce enough discomfort that, at points, what we’re watching is half a heartbeat away from a horror film. “
” I love the Museum of the Moving Image, and I like the idea of bringing artifacts of the cinema into a museum. “
” ‘8 Mile’ could do without an unnecessary class swipe. In a final throwdown, Rabbit clowns a competitor by revealing that the guy went to suburban Detroit Cranbrook, one of the finest private schools in the country. “
” The road back from degradation begins with self-awareness – and sometimes, as in ‘Phone Booth,’ change can begin with a single phone call. “
” ‘Boat Trip’ is more tiresome and dumb than actually bad. “
” The documentary ‘Certifiably Jonathan’ has engrossing moments in it. How can it not? It’s got a great subject – the extraordinarily voluble comedian Jonathan Winters, whose constant rush of words can be like a blizzard: beautiful, maddening, exhausting, and finally beautiful again. But it’s not a great film. “
” It’s more dangerous to be a friend or relative of Jackie Chan in the star’s movies than it is to play the third yeoman on a ‘Star Trek’ episode. “
” It’s true that as Mr. Chan makes more American movies – and gets older – we will never again see the kind of fistfight choreography that the star would devote four months to shoot. “
” If Mr. Chan ever makes another movie like ‘The Tuxedo,’ it’s American audiences that will see him in court. With ‘Shanghai Knights,’ he has come through with one of his best. This time, it’s personable. “
” A little of the sketch character Pootie Tang went a long way on HBO’s now late, probably soon to be lamented ‘Chris Rock Show.’ So it’s surprising how much fun the character’s film debut, ‘Pootie Tang,’ is. “
” One of the best things Gwyneth Paltrow has done in years was her mesmerized, good-sport cameo in a ‘Pootie’ sketch, when she was melted over him like butter on an English muffin. “
” What makes ‘Pootie Tang’ the motion picture enjoyable is its no-brow ambitions; it’s a joke action film. It slides through enough African-American pop culture signifiers to raise laughs out of those who will appreciate the references; it revels in more cheese per square inch than a soul food diner. “
” ‘Pootie Tang’ may be raw and slovenly – hey, it often is raw and slovenly – but it succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. You might say that the movie walks it like it talks it; I’m not sure what Pootie would say. “
” What makes ‘Pootie Tang’ the motion picture enjoyable is its no-brow ambitions; it’s a joke action film. It slides through enough African-American pop culture signifiers to raise laughs out of those who will appreciate the references; it revels in more cheese per square inch than a soul food diner. “
” ‘Pootie Tang’ may be raw and slovenly – hey, it often is raw and slovenly – but it succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. You might say that the movie walks it like it talks it; I’m not sure what Pootie would say. “
” ‘The Third Man,’ directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene, is, quite simply, one of the finest movies ever made. “
” Often, when Jim Carrey plays it straight, all of the vitality is drained from his face; he looks like a root-canal patient trying out a pleasant expression for his oral surgeon. “
” One of the funniest things about Mr. Kaufman is that all of his filmed scripts – ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Human Nature,’ ‘Adaptation’ and now ‘Sunshine’ – sound like titles from REM’s ‘Reckoning.’ “
” ‘Va Savoir’ is a lovable comedy about love that looks upon life as drama and uses the world of the theater as a staging device. “
” Music is a big part of the director’s life; Ms. Coppola’s previous feature, a screen adaptation of ‘The Virgin Suicides,’ was informed more substantially by the score by the group Air than by the narrative. “
” The influence of John Hughes is fully felt in the melodrama ‘Donnie Darko.’ This first film written and directed by Richard Kelly is a wobbly cannonball of a movie that tries to go Mr. Hughes one better; it’s like a Hughes version of a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. “
” It may be a bit early to make such judgments, but ‘Battlefield Earth’ may well turn out to be the worst movie of this century. “
” ‘Plan Nine From Outer Space’ for a new generation, ‘Battlefield Earth’ is set in the year 3000, after the beings from the planet Psychlo have conquered our planet in only nine minutes. “
” Adapted from the novel by L. Ron Hubbard, who cranked out sci-fi pulp by the cubic ton, ‘Battlefield Earth’ has the musty feel of the days when the genre’s highlight was Flash Gordon. “
” What we’re most aware of in ‘Eight-Legged Freaks’ is how similar it is to other movies, a recombinant mutated species itself, the product of the crossbreeding of the suffering-from-gigantism movies of the 1950s and the 1990 B-picture classic ‘Tremors.’ “
” ‘Eight-Legged Freaks’ runs out of gas scarily fast – its one-joke premise lends itself more to a short than a feature. “
” Whom do you feel sorrier for: the cast of ‘Boat Trip’ or their children? Remember, kids can be very cruel – and this latest ‘get Cuba Gooding Jr. career counseling fast’ project is a misfire from beginning to end. “
” ‘Black Hawk Down’ has such distinctive visual aplomb that its jingoism starts to feel like part of its atmosphere. “
” Establishing mood through pictorial means is the director Ridley Scott’s most notable talent. There may be no working director more accomplished at wringing texture out of the color blue than the prodigious and now prolific Mr. Scott; you’d swear that with his dazzling washes of blues and sand tones, he was inventing additional hues on the spot. “
” ‘Black Hawk Down’ wants to be about something, and in the midst of the meticulously staged gunfire, the picture seems to choose futility arbitrarily. “
” Justin Lin, the writer and director of the teenage-wasteland drama ‘Better Luck Tomorrow,’ a shrewdly tense piece of storytelling, recognizes that sometimes it’s good for a filmmaker to stir up trouble. “
” Can you sue yourself for plagiarism? If so, then ‘Old School’ has presented Ivan Reitman with a case. “
” There’s a great deal of echoing going on in ‘Old School.’ Mr. Piven, who played the upstart outsider in the 1994 campus comedy ‘PCU,’ has crossed over into playing the stiff martinet. “
” In ‘Windtalkers,’ the director John Woo is meticulous in melding his own intimate style into the cliches of a large-scale war movie, paying homage to all the tired conventions of the genre. But it’s an honor that these cliches don’t deserve. “
” Given the knee-jerk patriotism of recent war movies, it’s discouraging to see ‘Windtalkers’ evade pertinent facts that could have recast the doubled-edged issues of racism and loyalty and made them relevant to contemporary times. “
” In ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ the director Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s lower-depths novel, Jared Leto has lost so much weight, he looks like another person altogether. “
” When an actor commits himself to a role as fully as Russell Crowe does in the grandiose and silly ‘Gladiator,’ you may ask yourself why and at the same time thank him for his absorption in the part. “
” The story of a proud Roman soldier who is sold into slavery and must fight his way back to freedom, ‘Gladiator’ suggests what would happen if someone made a movie of the imminent extreme-football league and shot it as if it were a Chanel commercial. “
” The battle scenes in ‘Gladiator’ don’t have the exultant lift of Hong Kong period-action pictures like the ‘Once Upon a Time in China’ series, where the fights have the eye-popping panache of dance sequences from a musical. “