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The Dreamers

The Dreamers

It's unfortunate that, far too often, the audience for a film is based on marketing hype, and therefore doesn't interact with the material on a more personal level. Bernardo Bertolucci is especially infamous for making...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Faithless

Faithless

Liv Ullman may get the directing credit, but every line in Faithless is stamped Ingmar Bergman (who wrote the script). Between the immoral souls of the characters twitching with desires they can't control and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Moolaadé

Moolaadé

Growing up in America, a self-proclaimed melting pot, there is always an enormous mix of cultural customs visible on the streets every day. But one custom that has not made it to our shores and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

Just when you think you've seen all the World War II films you can handle, one comes along that leaves you in awe. Perhaps because Divided We Fall focuses on common citizens in an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Moog

Moog

It's practically impossible to make a niche film about an artist or inventor that is going to capture their impact on their community, their development over time, and their lifestyle as an entire person with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

8 Women

8 Women

It's certainly admirable for a writer and/or director (in this case both) to take on a variety of genres. To pull off quirky comedy (Warm Drops on Burning Rocks) and then turn to a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Life and Debt

Life and Debt

Jamaica is a hot vacation spot. The exchange rate encourages delusions of wealth (approximately 30 Jamaican dollars to one American), the sea is a brilliant blue, the air is warm but lacks humidity....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hamlet (2001)

Hamlet (2001)

When most people think of Shakespeare they cringe, thinking of melodrama, costumes, and strange vocabulary. But what happens if you pare down the stereotypical theatrical imagery of Shakespeare and simply concentrate on the characters...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

24 Hour Party People

24 Hour Party People

Like most art forms, music is complimentary, or commentary, for the age in which it is presented. Analogous to painting, the moving image, and literature -- the great arts we all lean on for...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

Older innocence collides with youthful wisdom in this slow-moving but consistently impressive and unsettling look at spinsterhood. A startlingly bland-featured Isabelle Huppert stars as the title role, a woman so tied to her obsessive...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Season of Men

The Season of Men

The Season of Men is a ponderous portrait of Arab women slowly freeing themselves from tradition, each generation getting just a touch more gutsy than the one before it.Aicha (Rabia Ben Abdallah) is the matron...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Following the success of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Off-Broadway and in other major cities comes this colorfully energetic filmed adaptation. Written, directed by, and starring the original, ever-talented John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig delivers...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rain

Rain

Few coming-of-age films are able to capture the adolescent experience without hiding a moral agenda. In drama especially, teens are told to not do drugs, explore sex, or fight with their parents because there...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Elephant

Elephant

Gus Van Sant has made an eclectic career out of portraying vastly different avenues that adolescents use to focus the anxieties they grapple with. From the strangely compelling My Own Private Idaho to the more...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

There is nothing wrong with fictionalizing history in the pursuit of creativity. Even documentaries, which supposedly capture "the truth," are put together by someone with a specific purpose in mind, to steer the audience...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Sometimes, no matter how much you love analyzing and breaking down movies, you have to understand that some are just made for fun. Wayne's World is a prime example. Sure, you can predict...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Believer

The Believer

Religious doubt leads to violence in this slice-of-lifer that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival -- now finally making tentative steps in general release.Jewish self-hatred is an interesting foundation for...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dogville

Dogville

Evoking the age-old parable of human nature pillaging the likes of total goodness when it strangely pops up in town, Lars von Trier's much-anticipated Dogville has such intense extremes of useful experimentation and annoyingly repetitive...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Vengo

Vengo

Set in Spain, Vengo is a standard mob story with a highly artistic twist. There isn't much of a plot, and what there is isn't that important. It is simply a frame within...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Chelsea Walls

Chelsea Walls

New York living is all about location. And where you live is often a sign of your lifestyle. If you live in Brooklyn, it is assumed you are more artistically inclined then, say,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Satin Rouge

Satin Rouge

Midlife crisis, or transformation, need not be portrayed with so much energetic gusto that you're as exhausted as a lead character that has most likely gone through innumerable, outlandish loops to learn something really important...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lantana

Lantana

Men have feelings too. Men cry, despite the stigma attached to their gender, or at least they want to more than they let on. It's all societal conditioning. That's the pretentious premise...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

In Praise of Love

In Praise of Love

One might expect a cathartic viewing experience walking into a new Jean-Luc Godard film. After all, he was a founding member of the highly influential French New Wave. He is also an esteemed...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ram Dass Fierce Grace

Ram Dass Fierce Grace

Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, is a name associated with such New Age terms as "spiritual awareness" and "consciousness raising," though these phrases are far from groundbreaking. Having started on a leader's journey from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Uncertainty Principle (2002)

The Uncertainty Principle (2002)

Social class, prideful martyrdom, and a dollop of beautifully expansive landscape weave a tale of operatic proportions, both by plot and physically exhaustive standards, in veteran Manoel de Oliveira's latest exploration of motivation. Marrying...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mule Skinner Blues

Mule Skinner Blues

Mule Skinner Blues is one of those clever ideas that rarely gets captured in a documentary form because it could so easily be taken for a fictional account, and as a feature film it would...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Big Bad Love

Big Bad Love

Based on a short story collection by Mississippi writer Larry Brown, Big Bad Love is a collage of the "hard country life", following the drunken routines of Leon Barlow (Arliss Howard).Leon is a shiftless alcoholic,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Notorious C.H.O.

Notorious C.H.O.

Some theatrical performances don't transfer well to film, and this isn't taking fictional adaptation into account. There's an immediacy to watching a live show that adds energy to your response that, when separated by...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

W.I.S.O.R.

W.I.S.O.R.

What a tough sell this film must have been: Documenting the development of an engineering device that would automate the fixing of broken steam piping underground at the flip of a switch. Set against...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Safe Passage

Safe Passage

Despite having a well-known and talented cast, including Susan Sarandon, Robert Sean Leonard, and Sam Shepard, this film was all but passed over when it came out in 1994. This can partly be attributed to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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