A History of Violence

Gratuitous violence in films, ever escalating violence which panders to an ever more jaded audience, has become commonplace from a film industry that reprehensibly chases box office receipts regardless of the malefic effects of its products on the fabric  ...

The Italian Girl in Algiers – Gioachino Rossini

In the nineteen years from 1810 to 1829, Rossini composed an astounding thirty-eight operas. The Italian Girl in Algiers, which was written in twenty-seven days, premiered in Venice in 1813, when Rossini was all of twenty-one years old, and  ...

Proof

Proof, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. was a smart, well-constructed play, acted to perfection by an ensemble cast under the stage direction of Daniel Sullivan. A film adaptation directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and  ...

The Constant Gardener

Based on a novel by John le Carre, The Constant Gardener is a traditional mystery/thriller/love story,intensified by the contemporary edge of director Fernando Meirelles (City of God), helming his first English-language production. Enhanced by stunning cinematography (Cesar Charlone), the  ...

Asylum

Asylum, based on a novel by Patrick McGrath and with a screenplay by Patrick Marber (Closer), is a high-Gothic examination of obsession--virtually all of the major characters are obsessed with one thing or another. Max Raphael (Hugh Bonneville) is  ...

2046

Wong Kar Wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love is a finely focused study of an adulterous love affair between Chow Mo Wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li Zhen (Maggie Chung), a film that examines the subtleties of  ...

Broken Flowers

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Nina’s Tragedies

Nina's Tragedies is an uneasy mix of farce and family drama that offers some genuinely funny and some sweetly touching moments, but it never comes together as a coherent whole. Despite the title, the film is more  ...

The Island

The Island starts out with promise as a potentially thoughtful sci fi flick, like 2001 or Blade Runner, broaching the controversial and timely issue of human cloning. But then, this is a Michael Bay film, so thoughtfulness quickly falls  ...

Raphael Soyer: Back in the Day

Raphael Soyer (1899-1987) is labeled a social realist due to a predilection for the subject matter of ordinary people. The label, though, conjures up a degree of angst which is notably absent from his work. Rather, he brought to  ...