The Orphan of Anyang (Anyangde Guer)

The New Directors/New Films series is one of the most anticipated film events on the calendar in New York City, and it has premiered numerous movies to American audiences which have gone on to much acclaim – Maborosi, Shall  ...

The Inner Tour

Israeli media called Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s documentary The Inner Tour “subversive and treacherous” according to press notes. Watching this relatively low-key film, it would seem anything but that, unless giving a human face to the “enemy” is considered unpatriotic. Despite  ...

Son of the Bride (El Hijo de la Novia)

Son of the Bride opens with a young boy discovering that his ball has been slashed apart in the shape of a Z. Looking up, he sees the culprit, Zorro, or rather, a pint-sized facsimile. The Zorro-wannabe unleashes a  ...

The Mars Canon

Knowing that The Mars Canon is a Japanese film, the title might bring to mind an anime actioner with some nimble, wide-eyed character entering a giant robot to do battle on the Martian landscape. That could scarcely be further  ...

Storytelling

In person, Todd Solondz could be a character from one of his movies. Not terribly well dressed with a nerdy demeanor, he stumbles over his words, always searching for what will get him out of trouble. And what trouble  ...

Last Orders

Last Orders has a lot in common with Robert Altman’s latest, Gosford Park. Both feature an all-star cast of Brits as an assemblage of characters reacting to the death of one amongst them, and each character harbors some deep  ...

Werckmeister Harmonies

Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr is known, if he is known at all, for Satantango, an astounding 7-1/2 hour long black-and-white movie composed of extremely long takes and meticulous camera choreography. It might be a movie best reserved for cinephiles  ...

The Devil’s Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo)

The Devil’s Backbone is a welcome addition to the resurgence of films trying to capture the feel of classic horror. Eschewing the trendy self-consciousness and cheap scares found in the I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream  ...

Fat Girl (A ma soeur!)

In legal terms and in terms of voluntary restrictions enacted by the media on itself, American society is now as open as it has ever been to the depiction of sex and nudity, which have even made their way  ...

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

After seeing the comedy Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, the title itself becomes a joke. Coming from Shohei Imamura, now in his mid-70s, Warm Water is surprising for the film’s juvenile primary conceit, a woman whose body swells  ...