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  ...

What Time is it There?

Like other Tsai Ming-Liang films, What Time Is It There? is tonally odd, light in dialogue, unconventional in its photographic beauty, sporadically opaque in theme, and resolute in not achieving resolution. Tsai’s films are for the hardcore art film  ...

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

In The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Woody Allen plays CW Briggs, insurance investigator for slipping company Northcoast in early 1940s New York. Northcoast CEO Chris Magruder (Dan Ackroyd) has hired his mistress, Betty Ann Fitzgerald (Helen Hunt), an  ...

Downtown 81

Catalog from an exhibit with many fine reproductions of major Basquiat paintings, along with portrait photographs of the artist, a chronology of his life, and essays and interviews in both Italian and English translation.  ...

The Films of Mohsen Makhmalbaf

At the forefront of Iranian cinema stand two names, Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf. If Kiarostami has gotten greater Western acclaim owing to the more intellectual bent of his films, Makhmalbaf can be comfortable in the fact that virtually  ...

Chain Camera

With sponsorship from Cinemax Reel Life, documentarian Dick Kirby passed out ten video cameras to the students of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. A student would have a week with one of the cameras before passing it  ...

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

The English-dubbed anime Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade takes place in an alternate reality in which the Japanese lost World War II to Nazi Germany. The setting is post-occupation Tokyo a little more than ten years after the war. Anti-government  ...

The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

In the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee began revitalizing the American independent film, the popularity of which had waned considerably since John Cassavetes’ days. In the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and Richard Linklater sent indie films into  ...

Triad Election

Triad Election In the hey day of Hong Kong cinema, that is, the early 1990s, one would be surprised to hear that a decade later, Johnnie To, would be the most industrious director working in the  ...

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a title as ridiculous as the premise of this movie: a man born in 18th century France has a sense of smell that would put a bloodhound  ...