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  ...

Blue Gate Crossing (Lanse Da Men)

Writer-director Yee Chih-Yen’s second film, Blue Gate Crossing, is so simple a story that it might seem slight were its greatness not revealed in the telling. As with many a joke, what makes it work isn’t what is said  ...

L’Auberge Espagnole

Cedric Klapisch’s deft, exhilarating comedy about a Parisian spending a year in Barcelona is light-hearted fun marred only by an embarrassingly pat ending.It does for middle class European students what Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan did for New York’s upper crust  ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The decision is in. The finale in Peter Jackson’s massive Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King delivers, and Jackson saved the best for last. It  ...

The Docks of New York

The Docks of New York.is one of Josef von Sternberg's lesser seen yet most accomplished works. All of von Sternberg’s best traits are found here – ravishing mood and atmosphere, sensual photography, and the conference of iconic status onto  ...

The Matrix Revolutions

Enter the Matrix Highly original blend of the game genres of driving, fighting, and action/exploration The first Matrix movie may not have been all that original, but the way it synthesized its many inspirations – Hong  ...