Friday Night (Vendredi Soir)

Despite creating works that have equally pleased and frustrated differing viewers, Claire Denis can now count herself as one of the most highly touted female filmmakers in cinematic history alongside compatriots Chantal Akerman and Agnes Varda. In a recent  ...

Punch-Drunk Love

For those wondering whether Punch-Drunk Love is a Paul Thomas Anderson movie or an Adam Sandler movie, the answer is that P.T. is the far more domineering presence on screen even though Mr. Anderson never makes a personal appearance.  ...

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Bob Crane was a sex addict. That’s all one needs to know to understand why Paul Schrader would be interested in adapting Robert Graysmith’s book, The Murder of Bob Crane, about the actor made famous as the lead in  ...

Russian Ark (Russkij Kovcheg)

Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov is an art film heavyweight lauded by critics for daring to bore them. In most cases, he succeeds. His style is one of stately paced, painterly imagery. That translates as, “pretty to look at,  ...

Mother India

Gayatri Chatterjee's history and analysis of the film Mother India A handful of films make up the Bollywood canon of the most revered and influential. Among them  ...

Sex and Lucia (Lucia y el Sexo)

There is little doubt that the United States has grown more conservative in recent years. That has very much been reflected in Hollywood, which has become the land of the prudes. Outside of mediocre Adrian Lyne films, sex appears  ...

Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey

Despite the soaring popularity of Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the past decade, Bruce Lee, or “Little Dragon” as he is called in Chinese, remains the iconic martial arts fighter. No doubt a lot of this is attributable  ...

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (Peau d’Homme Coeur de Bete)

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast wears its title on its sleeve. Three brothers, who live with their widowed elderly mother and the oldest brother’s two children, regularly erupt into displays of uncontrolled, spontaneous violence, the kind Martin Scorsese  ...

Notorious C.H.O.

The 33-year old Margaret Cho is easily recognizable because she’s not only the rare successful female stand-up comedian but is the sole (no pun intended) Korean one as well. Her act is most famous for working in a territory  ...

Master of the Flying Guillotine

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for whatever elegance and classiness it has, is an homage to the kind of movie represented by Master of the Flying Guillotine--that is to say, kung fu pulp. And while Crouching Tiger is the superior  ...