The Line King: Al Hirschfeld

CV was hooked on the theater in New York at a very young age in the latter part of the 1940s. By then, Al Hirschfeld had been doing show biz caricatures for New York newspapers for over twenty  ...

The Matrix

The Matrix is a futuristic, film noir, kung fu, dysfunctional utopian science fiction, cyberpunk, nonanimated cartoon laced with religious allusions. It does not have hair stiffened with bodily fluids, batmobiles, or hip hop music. It does have electronic  ...

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

The most beloved scene in the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor was the one where sweet-natured, obese science professor Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) sat down to a rambunctious dinner with his family. The popularity of the scene is  ...

Pitch Black

Movies began as a sideshow novelty, where a nickel bought you the exquisite sensation of light dancing across a screen. The thrill was in sheer kinetics, the novelty of images in motion. Storytelling was an afterthought. As cinema  ...

Quills

Director Philip Kaufman makes movies about people who want to (as one of his characters once put it) "alter the experiment": the James-Younger outlaw gang in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, the self-absorbed libertines of The Unbearable Lightness of  ...

Return With Honor

Prisoner of War: Six Years in Hanoi (1975), John M. McGrath A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and the Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam (1999), Lewis Sorley Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation  ...

Rushmore

...Rushmore had slipped between the cracks for CV until now. It had been on our list of movies to catch up with since it opened a couple of months back and developed a certain buzz - at least in some  ...

Stardom

As Andy Warhol’s quote about everyone being famous for fifteen minutes proves ever more prophetic, media satirists are faced with a conundrum: How do you satirize something that teeters so closely to self-parody ? The (sur)reality of media-driven celebrity,  ...

Traffic

Awash in "Movie of the Year" buzz almost since its inception, Steven Soderbergh's sprawling, ambitious drug war epic Traffic has finally arrived. If recent history is our guide, it will meet with hyperbolic accolades and vindictive backlash in rapid  ...