Troy

If a studio is going to spend close to $200 million on a movie, they could do worse than adapting The Iliad, the epic granddaddy of western literature. Still, on the heels of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the  ...

Coffee and Cigarettes

American Indie veteran Jim Jarmusch’s first film since 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is this series of minimalist vignettes. Each one involves variations of two or three people imbibing caffeine while smoking around a table in  ...

Hellboy

Hollywood really does seem to be picking up on how to do the comic book superhero adaptation. First, Spider-Man, then X2: X-Men United, and now Hellboy surprises. For a good while, making a movie from a comic book was  ...

Control Room

Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network That Is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (2003), Mohammed El-Nawawy Al Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East (2002), Mohammed El-Nawawy  ...

Strong Shoulders (Des epaules Solides)

A life without an enduring passion would be pretty dreary. Fifteen-year old Sabine Rederer (Louis Szpindel) is more than passionate about running--she’s obsessed. Early on in writer-director Ursula Meier’s Swiss-French production, Strong Shoulders, Sabine cries out that if  ...

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2004

Hanging Offense (aka That Woman, aka Cette femme-la) covers nine days in the life of cop Michele Varin (Josiane Balasko, French Twist) leading up to February 29, the leap year date on which her 8-year old son died. The  ...

Osama

Naturally, the title immediately brings to mind the name of the world’s most infamous terrorist, but the movie has little to do with Osama bin Laden. He’s mentioned only once in order to supply further negative association with the  ...

Secret Things (Choses Secretes)

Who but the French would continue to push the envelope of sexuality in cinema? And Jean-Claude Brisseau’s Secret Things is very French. Guided more by an intellectual adherence to theme than considerations of realism or naturalism, Secret Things even  ...

Monster

In Hollywood, beauty can get you hired, but it doesn’t always get you the awards, Supporting Actress Oscars notwithstanding. Tributes usually come with a venerable career in which an actor is around so long he or she is given  ...

Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo)

Two and a half years after Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Millenium Mambo played at Cannes, it finally finds distribution in the United States. From the mid-1980s on, Hou has been one of the most touted filmmakers on the international scene for  ...