Cremaster 3

Cremaster 3 is the wordless, extravagant, three hour long culmination of Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle. The five film series runs ten hours and is the centerpiece of a retrospective installation at New York's Guggenheim Museum. His work has been  ...

Dark Blue

Dark Blue opens on Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell), a third generation LAPD detective who looks nearly dead with fatigue and self loathing as he watches the Rodney King beating on TV in a dank hotel room. It's a year  ...

Gangs of New York

Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York opens with an enormous closeup of a pair of eyes. It's a clammy, intrusive shot, and its stillness and forced intimacy serve as set up for the surprising sweep of the next few  ...

The Truth About Charlie

Why remake Charade? Stanley Donen's 1963 romantic thriller was pure star vehicle, its labyrinthine plot a thin excuse for Audrey Hepburn to sport Givenchy and crack wise with Cary Grant. Stodgy and stagebound despite its Paris setting, a product  ...

In Praise of Love (eloge de l’Amour)

Rueful and bleak, obsessed with memory, bad faith and failure, Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love is a doggedly serious film. In his youth, Godard littered his essayistic films with goofy jokes and non sequiturs, defusing even his most  ...

The Bourne Identity

TV film version with Richard Chamberlain: The Bourne Identity (1988) VHS The Bourne Identity has an absurd premise that's as irresistible as it is ludicrous. A fishing boat in the Mediterranean dredges  ...

Time Out (L’ Emploi du Temps)

As Time Out begins, middle-aged white collar worker Vincent (Aurelien Recoing) has been out of work for weeks. He spends his days driving aimlessly through the countryside, chasing trains and napping. He stops now and again to call his  ...

The Others

Alejandro Amenabar's The Others opens in darkness, with a lulling, disembodied voice addressing the audience as children gathered for a scary tale: "Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Then let's begin." The credits roll over candlelit pen and ink illustrations  ...

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien opens in mid-grunt, as a young couple frantically makes love. Ana (Ana Lopez Mercado Ortega) is leaving Mexico City to summer in Italy, so Tenoch (Diego Luna) spends their last, desperate moments together extorting promises  ...

The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson's films are all or nothing propositions. If you don't give yourself over to their peculiarities, they may seem like slight, affected whimsy machines, running on nothing but attitude and quirk. But if you do fall under their  ...