Beautiful People

Suggested reading: Fences and Neighbors: The Political Geography of Immigration Control (1999), Jeannette Money Writer/director Jasmin Dizdar's feature debut, Beautiful People, opens on a London bus. Passengers politely ignore one another as people file  ...

Condo Painting

The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo George Condo: Paintings and Drawings George Condo is a man possessed by visions. A successful Soho artist, he paints what he sees: the "antipodal beings" that  ...

Me, Myself, & Irene

Bobby and Peter Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Kingpin) are responsible for some of the most appallingly tasteless - and hilarious - sight gags ever committed to celluloid. There's no body function too private, no excretion too taboo for  ...

Man on the Moon

Director Milos Forman and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski make an ideal team. Forman makes movies so impossibly tasteful, so perfect in every meaningless detail, that he strangles the life out of everything he touches. Alexander and Karaszewski  ...

The Low Down

Frank is a London yuppie, roughly 30, who lives next door to a crackhouse. He's kept the place for years, clinging to his college affectations - the rough neighborhood is his badge of authenticity, a means of convincing himself  ...

Love & Sex

Woody Allen has a lot to answer for. His two great romantic comedies - Annie Hall and Manhattan - were so startling in their reinvention of the romantic comedy that they've managed to derail the genre. These are films  ...

Alice and Martin

Andre Techine's Alice and Martin is Greek tragedy in modern dress. Rather than restage Sophocles as turgid, angst-ridden melodrama (as in Volker Schlondorff's Voyager) or insert a masked chorus into standard issue romantic comedy (like Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite),  ...

It All Starts Today (ca commence aujourd’hui)

From its plot, you'd think that Bertrand Tavernier's It All Starts Today would be a chore. The tale of an elementary school headmaster's struggle to obtain social services in a mining town blighted by economic disaster could have been  ...

In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar-wei is best known in America for the vibrant, goofy visual pyrotechnics of Chungking Express and Happy Together. These films are the work of a perpetual adolescent, unlikely love stories shot through with bursts of reckless energy and  ...

The Idiots

Imagine the sales pitch. Giddy investors have gathered to hear the new idea from Lars von Trier, who is following up the enormous critical and commercial success of Breaking the Waves. He has the clout to demand anything now:  ...