My Country, My Country

Patchwork-Look Velvety Chenille Tapestry Carpet Bag with Shoulder Strap What is so astounding, disorienting, and engaging about the documentary Laura Poitras has made becomes clear by contrast to the absurd and even shocking lack of any serious reportage  ...

The Quiet

The Quiet is directed by relative newcomer Jamie Babbit, whose first feature film But I’m a Cheerleader gathered critical attention playing at Toronto, Sundance, and other notable festivals. Babbit’s first film became an instant cult camp classic. The Quiet  ...

The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (…a paty jezdec je Strach)

The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach) (1964) Before the Czechs’ Velvet Revolution in 1989 came what Western journalists dubbed the Prague Spring. During the 1960s, social revolution and cultural experimentation were abroad  ...

Half Nelson

In Dead Poets’ Society, teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) is the romantic-heroic rebel who inspires his scions of ruling-class wealth to throw off the shackles of noblesse oblige. In Educating Rita, professor Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine), cynical and  ...

Factotum

the Bukowski novel on which the film is based The late Charles Bukowski famously faulted the Beat writers for becoming "sell-outs" (successful), claiming for himself the status of the last real Beat, bohemian  ...

The House of Sand (Casa de Areia)

Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington’s The House of Sand is both sparse and epic in scope. A mythic version of the twentieth century is portrayed through three generations of pioneer women’s travails surviving in the eerie wastelands of the coastal  ...

Quinceanera

Quinceanera is a heavily Catholic-influenced rite of passage in Mexico, marking a young girl’s fifteenth birthday as her transition into womanhood. Originally an indigenous custom predating the arrival of European colonizers by five hundred years, today it is more  ...

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man is somewhat erroneously labeled as a documentary. Director Lian Lunson traveled to Sydney, Australia to film a tribute show entitled Came So Far For Beauty, a kind of lifetime achievement award showcase. The show  ...

Army of Shadows (L’ Armee des ombres)

Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville’s now legendary, noir-inflected meditation on French Resistance fighters, was based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Kessel. Melville, who had been a member of the French underground during World War II,  ...

Superman Returns

Director Bryan Singer, of X Men fame, accomplishes the super-heroic in bringing a definitive Superman to the screen in the epic Superman Returns. The narrative picks up loosely where Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman left off. Superman disappeared five years  ...