Mulholland Drive

Leaving the theater after seeing a David Lynch movie, we emerge into a different world than the one we departed several hours earlier. Friends and co-workers appear menacing, objects take on a talismanic significance, the very light and  ...

Serendipity

There's always been something a little too cutesy about the word "serendipity." It sounds like a department store knockoff of a Calvin Klein fragrance, or a cushy rehab clinic for the rich and famous, or a cloying and labored  ...

O

The most prolific screenwriter of our time is back with another of his patented emotionally charged explorations of teenage angst. Plundering his own previous works (and no doubt adding another wing to his Malibu mansion in the process) the  ...

Ghosts of Mars

The Mars movies keep coming and they aren't getting any better. In Ghosts of Mars, director John Carpenter aims for neither the operatic emotionalism of Brian De Palma's Mission to Mars nor the Star Trek-style message-making of Red Planet.  ...

Rat Race

Finally, a movie for everyone who found the Cannonball Run films to be a tad too cerebral. In the tradition of those Burt Reynolds road epics and Stanley Kramer's gargantuan anti-comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World comes  ...

Moonshine Movies

The moonshiner has been a staple of the movies since the earliest days of Hollywood. Literally hundreds of one- and two-reelers depicting the adventures of feuding hillbillies and their illegal mountain brew flooded the nickelodeons of America in the  ...

Jurassic Park III

s a fun little activity for anyone intent on seeing the third installment in the Jurassic Park series. About fifteen minutes into the movie, once the chartered plane is underway to the restricted Costa Rican island of Isla Soma, make  ...

Sexy Beast

Don Logan won't take "no" for an answer. Logan is a London mobster whose specialty is not safecracking or rat-whacking, but a pathological gift for intimidation. With his bald head, angular features and trim Van Dyke beard, he bears  ...

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

In his 1999 book Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir of Stanley Kubrick, screenwriter Frederic Raphael recounts a telephone conversation he had with the late director on the subject of Holocaust movies. (One of Kubrick's long-gestating and never realized projects  ...

The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious is a supercharged street racing thriller straight out of the old Roger Corman playbook. (Indeed, one of Corman's earliest features was an otherwise unrelated racing picture of the same title.) Ideally, it should  ...