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The Men

The Men

The death of Marlon Brando in July 2004 sent film fans scurrying to the video store to check out early Brando performances they may have missed. It's a worthwhile exercise. If you go all the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ethan Mao

Ethan Mao

Have you ever wanted to pistol-whip your father? Of course you have, and the chance to see someone do it on-screen is pretty much the only reason to bother with Ethan Mao, an amateurish, no-budget...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fighting Tommy Riley

Fighting Tommy Riley

As you sit down to watch Fighting Tommy Riley, you may be thinking that the world doesn't need another boxing drama, and the first few minutes of the film, which introduce us to a down-on-his-luck...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

To call Tae Guk Gi the Saving Private Ryan of Korea (as many critics have) is both accurate and off the mark. Accurate because the battle scenes in this Korean War epic are as grisly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Km. 0 - Kilometer Zero

Km. 0 - Kilometer Zero

It's a steamy summer afternoon in Madrid, but no one is taking a siesta. On the contrary, the 14 main characters in Km. 0 are on the prowl, looking for missing mates, quick hookups, or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Relax... It's Just Sex

Relax... It's Just Sex

If you're only going to see one West Hollywood gay ensemble dramedy in your life, it probably shouldn't be Relax... It's Just Sex. Of all the movies in this suprisingly crowded indie subgenre, the best...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang probably can't take full credit for the reform of harsh prison conditions across the South in the 1930s, but there's no doubt it played a part. Its...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Returner

Returner

Returner shamelessly steals pieces of just about every sci-fi blockbuster of the past 25 years, but don't let your scorn drive you from the theater right away. Stick around and admire the sheer nerve of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dracula Iii: Legacy

Dracula Iii: Legacy

I have a British friend whose favorite curse is "Bloody hell!!" It strikes me that there's no better way to describe Dracula III: Legacy. Bloody hell pretty much sums it up.The latest installment in this...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Save the Green Planet

Save the Green Planet

Korea strikes again. Save the Green Planet is a wildly imaginative fun ride that manages to be a comedy, a tragedy, a thriller, and a minor sci-fi epic all at the same time. It also...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Breakfast At Tiffany's

A near perfect blend of comedy, romance, and minor tragedy, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a must-see classic that, despite diversions from Truman Capote's original novel, remains his clearest statement on what it feels like to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Union Square

Union Square

I step over the stars of Union Square every morning when I go out to get my newspaper. It's funny, though. I've always assumed these homeless teens and twentysomethings were trust-funders from the suburbs having...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

What's Up, Doc?

What's Up, Doc?

What ever happened to joyously screwball comedies? Sure, once in a while a chaotic free-for-all like Rat Race will come along, but for the most part, fast-paced Marx Brothers-style farces are gone with the wind....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bootmen

Bootmen

They're a rough-and-tough gang of incredibly heterosexual Australian steelworkers scraping by in a dying steel town. But all they really want to do is dance. Sadly, Jennifer Beals and her flaming Flashdance welding torch don't...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Nói albinói

Nói albinói

With a population of just 300,000, Iceland is too small to play a major role in world cinema, and that's too bad because no place on Earth photographs better. See any Icelandic film, and no...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Postmen in the Mountains

Postmen in the Mountains

If you want to make a grown man cry at the movies, give him a story about an estranged father and son who reconcile and come to love and respect each other before it's too...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Girl Most Likely to...

The Girl Most Likely to...

Made for TV in 1973, right around the time the smoke was starting to clear from a nationwide wave of bra burnings, The Girl Must Likely To... is a deeply dark revenge comedy with a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

What are we going to do about Tibet? It's a heartbreaking question that has no easy answers. Tom Peosay's meticulously prepared Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion is an excellent introduction to the genocidal horrors...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

You I Love

You I Love

The busy streets of modern-day Moscow are the playground for You I Love, a lively dramedy about the sexual ins and outs and class strivings of young professionals. Think of it as Almodóvar Lite in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Flipper's New Adventure

Flipper's New Adventure

Back in the '60s, sequels didn't need fancy names. Therefore, instead of Flipper 2: Full Throttle we get the more prosaically named Flipper's New Adventure, a family-friendly story that has as much fun and excitement...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The World

The World

Zhang Ke Jia's blistering cinematic criticisms of life in modern day China have made him an unpopular artist in the upper realms of Chinese government. He's been banned in Beijing three times. Only with the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Formula 17

Formula 17

It can seem unfair to call any movie a "gay movie." After all, we don't usually talk about "straight movies." But it must be said that Formula 17 is a really gay movie, at least...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The City of No Limits

The City of No Limits

The City Of No Limits has just about everything: a health crisis, a 40-year-old mystery, three Dynasty episodes worth of backstabbing family intrigue, and an extended Spanish family battling over its destiny. There's never a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tommy Boy

Tommy Boy

Given time and some top-rate producing talent, David Spade and Chris Farley might have evolved into a Martin and Lewis for the 21st century, but we'll never know. They only had two outings together, Tommy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

Of the six movies Robert Redford has directed to date, A River Runs Through It is his second best, following behind the searing, unforgettable Ordinary People. A specialist in bringing books to life as movies,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ley Lines

Ley Lines

Ley Lines is billed as the third and final film in Japanese director Takashi Miike's "Black Society Trilogy," but that doesn't mean you have to see the first two films, Shinjuku Triad Society and Rainy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The 24th Day

The 24th Day

The 24th Day is a taut and feverish little drama that has obviously come straight from the stage to the screen. Its one-set, two-character setup is a typical Off Broadway construct, and its two stars...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer

1964's Dead Ringer is the middle film in Bette Davis's personal trilogy of tacky terror, falling between the unforgettable What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and the slightly more forgettable but still tacky and terrifying...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Imelda

Imelda

The truly remarkable Imelda Marcos did history a great service by agreeing to sit down for an interview with documentarian Ramona S. Diaz for her searing documentary, Imelda. Though Marcos initially agreed to only 15...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Un, deux, trois, soleil

Un, deux, trois, soleil

What's real in Un, deux, trois, soleil is the teeming multiracial housing project in the slums of Marseilles where Victorine (Anouk Grinberg) struggles through her childhood and early adulthood. What's not real in this feverish...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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