Ride the High Country

Sam Peckinpah was 36 years old when he made Ride the High Country, but it feels like the work of a man who’s somewhat farther along in years. That’s not because the film speaks so knowingly about the difficulties of  ...

Simpatico

Most of Sam Shepard’s major themes are present in Simpatico, the new Matthew Warchus film that Warchus and David Nicholls adapted from Shepard’s play. Buried enmities, porous identities, falls from grace, talk of bloodlines, and troubled male bonds are  ...

The Straight Story

Whoever thought that David Lynch would make the first art-house Disney film? In one of the strangest turns of this strange cinematic year, Lynch has given us The Straight Story, a picture not only released by Walt Disney Pictures,  ...

Tokyo Story

Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) was a highly respected Japanese director who made some 54 films, films that were popular in Japan, but have been under-appreciated in the west. Ozu's subject matter was almost exclusively middle-class Japanese family life. The exposition  ...

Waking the Dead

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead is like a dorm room bull session, an all-night round of self-righteousness and moralizing, shrilly earnest pontification  ...

You Can Count on Me

Capri Pant Zipper fly front with black vinyl stripes waistband and leg opening. Slash pockets with metal studs. You Can Count On Me is a work of surprising depth that uses  ...

The Grocer’s Son: culturevulture.net -film review

Directed by Eric Guirado Written by Eric Guirado and Florence Vignon Starring: Nicolas Cazalé, Clotilde Hesme, Jeanne Goupil, Daniel Duval, Stephane Guerin-Tillie, Liliane Rover, Paul Crauchet MPAA rating: Not rated Run Time: 126 minutes http://www.filmmovement.com/ Despite its rather well  ...

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Buddhism is a strange religion to us Westerners. Buddhists do not have a God, nor do they have the consolation prize of life after death. They do believe in reincarnation, though it’s more like a necessary pit stop  ...