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Young Gods

Young Gods

From chilly Finland, the land of double vowels and double consonants, comes Young Gods, an exercise in teens-gone-wild voyeurism that has its American correlative in Gregg Araki films such as The Doom Generation. These kids...

Movie Review posted on 16th April 2006

Loggerheads

Loggerheads

North Carolina looks warm and leafy in Loggerheads, a pitch-perfect drama interlocking three stories that take place in three different locations in three different years: 1999, 2000, and 2001. In each vignette, the A-list cast...

Movie Review posted on 15th April 2006

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Fourteen-year-old Jodie Foster had a very busy and very weird year in 1976. There was Freaky Friday for Disney, there was Taxi Driver for Scorsese, and then there was this. Thirty years after its release,...

Movie Review posted on 12th April 2006

Red Dawn

Red Dawn

I wonder if someone tossed a copy of Red Dawn into Ronald Reagan's casket before they buried the old guy. I can't imagine a movie he would have loved more. A highly absurd Gipper-era relic,...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2006

Sliver

Sliver

New Yorkers obsess over real estate, and they're quick to notice when interesting apartments feature prominently in movies, especially thrillers. There's a direct line that runs from Rosemary's Baby (fabulous pre-war woodwork!) through Single White...

Movie Review posted on 29th March 2006

The Year of the Yao

The Year of the Yao

How can you possibly not like Yao Ming, that builder of international bridges, that cultural ambassador, that symbol of good-hearted globalization, that basketball genius? The Year of the Yao gets very up close and personal,...

Movie Review posted on 20th March 2006

Sucker Free City

Sucker Free City

Even the most ardent Spike Lee fans may have missed Sucker Free City when it came and went on Showtime as a two-hour pilot for a series that never made it. Well, it's time to...

Movie Review posted on 19th March 2006

Casualties Of War

Casualties Of War

Vietnam War movies are always tough to watch, especially for those of us who go through life burdened with liberal guilt. But of all the Vietnam movies out there, none is more painful to watch...

Movie Review posted on 5th March 2006

Dorian Blues

Dorian Blues

Dorian Blues strives to do something new with a fairly conventional gay-teen-comes-out-of-the-closet storyline and finds partial success by adding layers of sharp wit and some unexpected twists to what might otherwise be clichéd scenes you've...

Movie Review posted on 26th February 2006

Class Of 1984

Class Of 1984

Although Class of 1984 is dated -- literally -- it remains one of the most fun and most gleefully trashy high-school-is-hell flicks of all time. Foul language, gratuitous violence, and tight leather pants abound, and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2006

Cote D'azur

Cote D'azur

If a cool upscale French family invited you to spend the summer at their charming chateau on the Riviera, you'd go, right? So would I. That's the promise of Cote D'Azur: a funny, sexy, and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2006

Life Goes On: Season One

Life Goes On: Season One

Life Goes On was a high-minded late-'80s family show that was scheduled as early Sunday evening counterprogramming to 60 Minutes. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone kept watching 60 Minutes, and the show never found a large...

Movie Review posted on 16th February 2006

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner has traveled a long way: from stage (1939) to screen (1942) and then down through the decades to DVD, where we find it today. While this classic of erudite...

Movie Review posted on 15th February 2006

Sin Destino

Sin Destino

As the first few minutes of Sin Destino went by, I started wondering if I had seen it before. Didn't I remember another grainy black-and-white verite-style melodrama about a dead-end Mexico City teen slowly going...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2006

Tony Takitani

Tony Takitani

If you haven't treated yourself to the stories and novels of Haruki Murakami, you really should, but in the meantime, Tony Takitani, a faithful interpretation of one of Murakami's best short stories, will give you...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2006

Three Dancing Slaves

Three Dancing Slaves

The fast-moving story of a trio of tormented French brothers, Three Dancing Slaves is a mostly depressing yet ultimately uplifting peek inside a family that's falling apart fast.The death of the family matriarch, a woman...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2006

Dallas: The Complete First Four Seasons

Dallas: The Complete First Four Seasons

If you really have the time and inclination to go back and watch 77 episodes of Dallas, well God love ya, but is there really nothing better you could be doing with your time? True,...

Movie Review posted on 24th January 2006

The Thing Called Love

The Thing Called Love

The routine story of four scrappy Nashville newcomers who hope to make it as country music stars, The Thing Called Love wouldn't hold much interest if it weren't for one important fact: a clearly deteriorating...

Movie Review posted on 13th January 2006

Spider Forest

Spider Forest

It's not just the Japanese who are having a great time with supernatural horror movies these days. Korea has a burgeoning horror industry too, and K-horror can be just as gripping -- and confusing --...

Movie Review posted on 24th December 2005

Beijing Rocks

Beijing Rocks

If you're still harboring images of China as a sooty sullen place where countless millions in Mao suits ride bicycles down broad avenues, Beijing Rocks should serve as a nice loud wake-up call. Just a...

Movie Review posted on 23rd December 2005

Fear And Trembling

Fear And Trembling

Wow! Talk about lost in translation! Fear and Trembling spends most of its 107-minute running time inside the accounting office of a Japanese conglomerate, but no matter how boring that may sound, rest assured the...

Movie Review posted on 20th December 2005

Educating Rita

Educating Rita

Educating Rita is a charming but ultimately uninventive Pygmalion-style tale that would go nowhere without sparkling performances by Michael Caine and especially by Julie Walters as a 26-year-old lower-class striver who just wants to make...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2005

15

15

There have been plenty of movies about dissaffected American youth, and disaffected Japanese youth, and disaffected British youth, and disaffected Korean youth. Someday, someone will write a movie in which all these groups come together...

Movie Review posted on 25th November 2005

Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

"There's a bright golden haze on the meadow," sings Curly (Gordon MacRae) as Oklahoma! kicks off. He's right. There's also a brilliant blue sky filled with cotton-candy clouds and rolling farmland and pretty girls in...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

The Bird People in China

The Bird People in China

If you know famed Japanese director Takashi Miike for his long string of ultraviolent Yakuza gorefests and stories of unspeakable sexual perversion, you'll be shocked -- in a dreamy, Zen-like way -- by The Bird...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Tesseract

The Tesseract

Does it help to know what a tesseract is when you sit down to watch The Tesseract? Not really. The fact that a tesseract is a four-dimensional object the three-dimensional shadow of which is a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sonatine

Sonatine

In close to a dozen movies as actor, director, and/or writer, Takeshi Kitano (who acts under the name Beat Takeshi) has reinvented the time-honored yakuza genre. Gangsters may act like gangsters the world over, but...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mahogany

Mahogany

Thirty years after its release, Mahogany is still screened often... in gay bars. A minor camp classic starring Miss Diana Ross as a Chicago striver who claws her way to the top of the international...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fuehrer Ex

Fuehrer Ex

If you think American Neo-Nazis are scary, you should see what their German counterparts are like. In Fuehrer Ex, two aimless and angry East Berlin teens mope through the final years of the East German...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crutch

Crutch

Two facts to ponder: Crutch is "based on a true story," and Rob Moretti is not only one of the lead actors but also the writer, director, editor, and producer. The result: Crutch comes across...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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