Tropical Malady (Sud pralad)

More spiritual conjurer than filmmaker, Thailand’s Apichatpong (“Joe”) Weerasethakul has built an astonishing body of work in a short time. After graduating from Chicago’s Art Institute, Weerasethakul returned to his home country and started a grass-roots filmmaking collective. His  ...

Be Here to Love Me

Perhaps it’s fitting that Townes Van Zandt never fully broke into the big time. Had he made it as big as Johnny Cash, there might be some splashy, gin-soaked Oscar-bait biopic starring Justin Timberlake hitting theaters this season, rather  ...

Breakfast on Pluto

Neil Jordan’s career is marked by an impressive number of risky ventures. Perhaps none was more risky than refusing the siren call of Hollywood after directing Tom Cruise in 1994’s Interview with the Vampire. Since The Crying Game had  ...

Everything is Illuminated

Adaptations of popular novels are bound to come as a letdown for some people.Cult novels especially, with their legions of rabid fans carrying signed first editions, turn to bitter battlegrounds whenever the Hollywood recycling machine decides to take one  ...

The Squid and the Whale

For better or for worse, Noah Baumbach is responsible for a certain class of cynical, hyper-literate film comedy that was briefly all the rage in the nineties. Along with Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco), Baumbach mined  ...

Oliver Twist

Bob Wake's review of the Masterpiece Theatre version It’s a commonplace that directors like Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, still making films into their seventies, can no longer summon the command of expression that  ...

Hustle & Flow

At various points in Fade to Black, last year’s stellar concert film documenting Jay-Z’s sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, Jay breaks away from the concert buildup to provide some background information. He goes back through some of the  ...

Wedding Crashers

Much of the actual wedding crashing that gets done in the new movie of the same name takes place in the first reel; the rest of this plot-heavy comedy finds Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson trying to ingratiate themselves  ...

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds (2005) Buy it at Art.com They say the best science fiction is only limited by the imagination.Hard  ...

Bad Guy

Ordinarily, when a guy follows a girl around obsessively in a movie, it’s not a good sign. But when the movie in question happens to have been made by Kim Ki-Duk, it’s an especially bad omen. The Korean director’s  ...