My Summer of Love

For movie connoisseurs and critics, a film’s style is often as important as its content if not more so. After all, content comes in many forms, but what’s the point of loving film if the presentation can be delivered  ...

Kung Fu Hustle (Gong fu)

Writer-director-actor Stephen Chow has been Hong Kong cinema’s reigning cinematic comedian for fifteen years running and Jackie Chan’s most consummate box office rival during that time. As Chan’s star has faded with age (understandable given that his joints and  ...

Torremolinos 73

Torremolinos 73 is director Pablo Berger’s first feature film, which has some irony being that it is the story of a man making his first feature film, which just so happens to be called Torremolinos 73. The film within  ...

Oldboy

As Hong Kong cinema did in the 1990s, South Korean cinema is just now starting to make noticeable waves in the United States. Cinephiles, however, have been following the likes of Kim Ki Duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…& Spring,  ...

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

When critics evaluate movies, some of the things typically looked at are the direction, the acting, how well the story is put together, and thematic resonance. Sometimes though, none of that matters, and Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is just  ...

House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)

Miramax strangely shelved Zhang Yimou’s previous film, Hero, for two years even though it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film for 2002. One possible explanation might be that Miramax head Harvey Weinstein was afraid of martial  ...

Bad Education (La Mala Educacion)

In 2002 and 2003, yet another round of public consternation grew over the revelation that thousands of children had suffered at the hands of pedophilic priests. The Catholic clergy underwent more soul searching while enduring calamitous lawsuits over the  ...

The Incredibles

After anthropomorphizing toys, bugs, monsters, and fish, Pixar finally turns its attention to computer generated imagery’s most difficult task, animating people. Writer-director Brad Bird and company, however, are helped in this regard by forsaking realism and adapting the  ...

Sideways

When under-utilized actors suddenly shine as bright as any star in the firmament, is it the director, the script, or the actors themselves who are responsible? The answer is probably all three. Whatever the case, after already lengthy careers,  ...

The Day After Tomorrow

In The Day After Tomorrow, super nerds, and not just any super nerds, but super good-looking nerds tackle The Perfect Storm times ten plus Independence Day minus the aliens. It doesn’t take a nerd to figure out that equation  ...