O Brother, Where Art Thou?

For many cinema buffs the phrase “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is more than an in-joke—it’s a password, a touchstone. Derived from Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels, it’s the name of the “serious” motion picture that director John Sullivan wants  ...

Not One Less

Suggested reading: China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary Chinese Cinema (2000), Jerome Silbergeld New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics (1996),Nick Browne (Editor) Critics often say that movies are "full of life" to indicate  ...

The Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate opens with a short and simple camera movement that finds the crepe-edged comedy in the final moments of a man’s life – it’s vintage Roman Polanski. The horror genre has been degraded for so long that  ...

Mumford

Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford is a well-tuned vehicle with no destination. It is not funny enough to be a comedy, not serious enough to be a drama, and not deep enough to be much more than a slick two-hanky Hollywood  ...

Mystery, Alaska

The good news about Mystery, Alaska is that you aren’t going to have to fight any crowds to see it. The bad news is that Carter Burwell’s triumphal score is played far too loudly to sleep through it. Mystery  ...

The Pledge

Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Tom Noonan, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Mickey Rourke, Sam Shepard…What is this, the list of courtside-seat ticket holders at a recent L.A. Lakers games? No, it’s the cast of  ...

The Third Man

CD: The Third Man Theme and Other Viennese Favorites The Third Man is a wonderful example of the good that can come from talented people working together in real collaboration. Director Carol Reed,  ...

The Third Miracle

In The Third Miracle, director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa, The Secret Garden) attempts to breathe new life into a character that has never worked very well anyway – the Catholic priest torn by religious doubt. Father Frank Shore (Ed  ...

Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train

Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train VHS Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train DVD Are there any really good films with scripts written by three writers? Film is by nature  ...