Waking the Dead

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead is like a dorm room bull session, an all-night round of self-righteousness and moralizing, shrilly earnest pontification  ...

Too Much Sleep

A toddler playing on the front lawn of a tract home in suburban New Jersey looks up to see a tall, sleepy kid, maybe 22, walking by. The door of the house flies open and another young man runs  ...

Yi Yi

The critic William Pechter once wrote this about Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner: Nothing much happens, except that some people, the place they inhabit, and the quality of their lives are brought vividly before us. Which is to say  ...

The Tao of Steve

Dex is a fine example of the genus Bohemius Americanus. 250 lbs. of spiky intelligence and unfettered libido, Dex is both brilliant and lazy. He commands sufficient erudition to rationalize his "moral turpitude" with quotes from Kierkegaard and Lao-Tse,  ...

Sugar Town

It's a perversely satisfying thrill to see a movie about rock and roll has-beens starring two fallen teen idols (Duran Duran's John Taylor and Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp), a could've-been (X's John Doe) and a never-was-but-at-least-I-married-a-famous-groupie (Michael Des Barres).  ...

Shanghai Noon

Blue Lotus of the Nile Nymphaea caerulea, also known as Blue Lily Organically grown and processed Pure dried flowers and nothing else Makes a great smoke. Shamanshop.net Ten years ago, when Jackie  ...

Shampoo

It's election day, 1968, and Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is applying for a loan to start his own salon. The loan officer, taking in George's windswept bouffant and lack of any tangible assets, sizes him up  ...

Runaway Bride

It’s hardly a compliment to say that Runaway Bride is better than Pretty Woman. That odious exercise in bad faith was a romantic comedy so smarmy it required a shower to wash away its stink. It was the nadir  ...

Venus Beauty Institute (Venus Beaute Institut)

"Love," says Angele, a middle-aged beautician who works at a chic Parisian salon, "is just another form of slavery. It makes me sick and mean." As played by Nathalie Baye in Tonie Marshall's Venus Beauty Institute, Angele is a  ...

Rosetta

Rosetta, the new film by the Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, is an undeniably major film. It's also nearly unwatchable. The film's difficulty begins in its subject matter. Like its predecessor, 1996's brilliant La Promesse, it  ...