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Mouth to Mouth

Mouth to Mouth

Mouth to Mouth has enough going for it that you want to like it. But, try as you might, writer-director-dance choreographer Alison Murray's youth cautionary tale will likely leave you frustrated, and exhausted by the...

Movie Review posted on 22nd May 2006

Viridiana

Viridiana

"I don't have ideas," Luis Buñuel once stated in an interview for the French television show, Cinéastes de Notre Temps. "It's all instinct." That 1964 interview is included among the supplements in Criterion's just-released DVD...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2006

Stoned

Stoned

The Rolling Stones' founder Brian Jones' drowning death in 1969 is another check mark in that long list of rock 'n' roll artists who died early and in their prime. His legacy as a musical...

Movie Review posted on 29th March 2006

Ask The Dust

Ask The Dust

If Robert Towne's Ask the Dust is the end result of 30 years of labor to bring John Fante's celebrated novel to the screen, it gravely calls into question Towne's current abilities as both a...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Bubble

Bubble

Ordinarily, Steven Soderbergh is on par with today's brightest directors. But in his most recent, the low-budget indie Bubble, he's got nothing on his mind but an automaton-like impulse to film and cut images until...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Eros

Eros

A triptych of short films, all on the subject of eroticism, sounds tantalizing, so it's too bad none of the shorts contained in Eros actually hits its mark. This despite the fact they were separately...

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2006

The World's Fastest Indian

The World's Fastest Indian

"You live more in five minutes on a bike... than some people live in their lifetime," says the plucky, gravel-voiced Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins), early on in writer-director Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian. That...

Movie Review posted on 8th December 2005

The Edukators

The Edukators

Is there any room for social activism in this day of lockstep capitalism? How does one militate against a system when one is too busy just trying to make ends meet? Indeed, the machinery of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Green Butchers

The Green Butchers

In the strange new Danish import, The Green Butchers, the porcine owner of a butcher shop waxes philosophically on the "mythological" implications of sausage, specifically, on the God-like act of mockery in killing an animal...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside has Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar's (Open Your Eyes) auteuristic grip all over it. Besides directing, Amenábar also co-produced, co-wrote (with longtime collaborator, Mateo Gil), scored and edited this saga about a true-life...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Après Vous

Après Vous

One night, Antoine (Daniel Auteuil), the affable headwaiter of a swank Parisian restaurant, saves a sad sack named Louis, who's just been dumped by his girlfriend, from killing himself. By the following morning, the sympathetic...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Public Enemy

The Public Enemy

The opening and closing titles of Warner Bros' The Public Enemy contain a solemn message that implies that the movie isn't meant so much to entertain but to enlighten. Studio head Jack Warner's mandate in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Paradise Now

Paradise Now

Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad's social realist tract Paradise Now, which he co-wrote with Bero Beyer, gives us a blueprint of lives and circumstances that entwine and eventuate in a suicide-bombing mission in modern-day Palestine. It's a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Masculine Feminine

Masculine Feminine

By 1966, Jean-Luc Godard was the New Wave's premier prankster-ideologue and pop-culture deconstructionist. After sharpening his teeth on Contempt, Band of Outsiders, and Alphaville among a coruscating burst of titles that began with 1960's Breathless,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

The trick with movie adaptations is that they must stand on their own, without relying on a viewer's familiarity with the source material. In fact, a filmmaker's sensitivity with film form can be gauged by...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lifeboat

Lifeboat

Who would've pegged Alfred Hitchcock for a moral humanist? An appeal to our common humanism is not something we associate with a man whose métier was the psychological horrors perverting the patina of the white...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Monsieur N.

Monsieur N.

No movie to my mind has made such a disaster of the voiceover device as Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N. In fact, the movie should be cited in Screenwriting 101 courses as an example of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Twenty-five years since its release, Martin Scorsese's masterpiece Raging Bull has been crowned with so many critical laurels that another word in praise of it might seem hopelessly redundant. To claim that it puts to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

One has to wonder what gave Sijie Dai the impression that his screenplay for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress -- an adaptation of his own best-selling novel and co-scripted by Nadine Perront -- was...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Milwaukee, Minnesota

Milwaukee, Minnesota

Director Allan Mindel's debut feature, Milwaukee, Minnesota, doesn't draw you in so much as remind you of movies already seen. The movie, scripted by R.D. Murphy, feels like a soulless mishmash of thriller, melodrama, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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