Author: Mark Athitakis

Vagabond

Vagabond

The English title of Agnès Varda's 1985 masterpiece is accurate enough: The film tells the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), a young homeless woman who wanders the French countryside during the course of one winter,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

RoboCop

RoboCop

RoboCop was released in 1987, and it's the sort of film that looks like it was made by somebody who knew America only from what he read in newspapers. Which may be close to the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Wire: Season One

The Wire: Season One

Baltimore probably doesn't make the top-ten list of most-documented American cities on film. It's a different matter if you're talking about best-documented cities, though, and the credit for that belongs almost entirely to David Simon....

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

The Door

The Door

Bruce Wood's debut full-length feature is an appealing, if somewhat clunky, high-concept psychological thriller. Kent (Bill Ferris) is despairing about his life after the end of a long relationship; to perk his spirits, his friend...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

The Minutemen, a trio from San Pedro, California, may not have been the best or most influential group to emerge from America's punk scene in the '80s. But no band worked harder to press the...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

The Ruling Class

The Ruling Class

Too long, too willfully oddball, too full of obvious critiques of the British upper crust, Peter Medak's 1972 film The Ruling Class is still fairly enjoyable as a showcase for Peter O'Toole. As Jack Gurney,...

Movie Review posted on 6th March 2006

The Shop on Main Street

The Shop on Main Street

The Czech film The Shop on Main Street earned acclaim from critics around the globe, a success that culminated in its winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1966. But watching it today,...

Movie Review posted on 6th March 2006

The Wire: Season One

The Wire: Season One

Baltimore probably doesn't make the top-ten list of most-documented American cities on film. It's a different matter if you're talking about best-documented cities, though, and the credit for that belongs almost entirely to David Simon....

Movie Review posted on 1st March 2006

Cries And Whispers

Cries And Whispers

This 1972 feature by Ingmar Bergman follows the chill, tangled relationship between three sisters: Agnes (Harriett Anderson), Karin (Ingrid Thulin), and Marie (Liv Ullmann). The three have reunited in the manor they grew up in,...

Movie Review posted on 28th November 2005

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg stunned audiences at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964, landing the prestigious Palme d'Or. What the audience responded to was a triple whammy of film innovation that's just as powerful today...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Death of Klinghoffer

The Death of Klinghoffer

"I should have worn a hat," sings Leon Klinghoffer (Sanford Sylvan) to his wife shortly before his death. He sits in his wheelchair on the deck of the cruise ship Achille Lauro, hijacked by Palestinian...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Carnival Of Souls

Carnival Of Souls

Herk Harvey spent nearly his entire directing career toiling in the gratification-free world of corporate industrials and educational movies. (His first credit was a short about grammar titled Why Punctuate - which, you'll notice, needs...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Secret Lives of Dentists

The Secret Lives of Dentists

Can vomit be nominated Best Supporting Actor? Best Supporting Actress? Is puke gendered? Regardless, the stuff plays an essential role in The Secret Lives of Dentists. David Hurst (Campbell Scott) is emotionally sick with paranoia...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Myra Breckinridge

Myra Breckinridge

The appropriate response to Myra Breckinridge is wide-eyed bafflement; anybody with anything resembling taste will recognize it as an awful movie within ten minutes. Released in 1970 and under practically Soviet-style repression until now, it...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

King of Bluegrass: The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin

King of Bluegrass: The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin

Editor's Note: Jimmy Martin died of cancer on May 14, 2005. He was 77.Jimmy Martin isn't dead yet, but his tombstone - a large one - is already in place in eastern Tennessee. It's inscribed...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Films that stridently attempt to convey a political message aren't automatically bad, but they do come out of the starting gate carrying a lot of baggage. No Turning Back, a low-budget thriller, admirably attempts to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

A throwaway car-chase flick that squanders the talents of Susan George and Peter Fonda, this 1974 B-movie is mainly of interest to aficionados of car-chase flicks and gearheads who know their way around 1969 Dodge...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary

Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary

Newcomers to the films of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin have a small hurdle to climb at first: The man's work doesn't always make a whole lot of sense. His approach has more to do with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata

At its core Autumn Sonata is little more than a movie about an argument. Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman, in her second-to-last role), a world-famous concert pianist, has arrived at the home of her daughter Eva (Liv...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Maestro

Maestro

For his documentary Maestro, director Josell Ramos has his hands on a tremendously rich subject: The explosion of dance-music culture in the late '70s, which inspired a whole generation of musicians playing techno, house, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Untouchables

The Untouchables

Why would anybody still want to watch a movie as deeply flawed as The Untouchables? Certainly it's not for historical accuracy: The real Federal Agent Elliot Ness was perfectly happy to dun mob kingpin Al...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Man on the Train

Man on the Train

We need a new name for the sort of genre that Man on the Train inhabits. On the surface, it's strictly a buddy movie: In a sleepy and provincial French town, a thief, Milan (Johnny...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Repo Man

Repo Man

Repo Man is 20 years old now, and time's given it the look feel of a documentary. Not because it's factually accurate about anything - this is a movie about a space alien glowing in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

By the time Cary Grant took on the role of Jim Blandings, the hapless hero of this would-be screwball comedy about the perils of home ownership, he no longer had to prove himself as a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Picking Alfred Hitchcock's best movie is a sucker's game. His talents stretched across so many eras and worked in too many styles to reduce matters to one choice. But it's hard to resist thinking of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Step Into Liquid

Step Into Liquid

Step Into Liquid, a documentary about the various forms that surfboarding takes around world, is a visually stunning enterprise - it has more in it to wow viewers than whatever it is Jerry Bruckheimer's blowing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Field Of Dreams

Field Of Dreams

Briefly, the plot of Field of Dreams: A thirty-something man hears voices from a Higher Power, abandons his ties to his family, wanders the earth gathering a passel of believers, suffers the mocking laughter of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Vagabond

Vagabond

The English title of Agnès Varda's 1985 masterpiece is accurate enough: The film tells the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), a young homeless woman who wanders the French countryside during the course of one winter,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Garage Days

Garage Days

To borrow a phrase from Tolstoy, all pop music success stories are the same; every pop music failure is different. That's the genius behind VH1's Behind the Music (Why spend time listening to a good...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Camp

Camp

If movies were the only thing we had to go on, nobody in their right mind would go to a summer camp. You either wind up with an axe in your back or spend two...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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