Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear is a certified classic with one of the most famous plots in film history. Four men undertake a suicide mission to earn $2,000 apiece by driving two trucks loaded with dangerously unstable nitroglycerine 300 miles  ...

culturevulture.net – review

This movie is another sign of a growing tendency in contemporary cinema towards conspicuous imitation. It seems that originality is no longer something to aspire to. The story isn’t what’s important anyway. It’s all about mixing genres; and, it seems,  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Little Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) is weaned too soon from the maternal teat of her royal Austrian homeland and queen mother Maria Teresa (Marianne Faithfull). Having brokered a marriage of political convenience, Maria Teresa sends her naïve and uneducated daughter  ...

After Life

Afterlife, the new feature by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Maborosi, Without Memory) is set in a kind of halfway house between life on Earth and the mystery of eternity. The film presents a challenge to each character, as  ...

Analyze This

.. Regular readers here know that CV is not one to effuse superlatives, particularly over popular, mass market films. That may be due, in part, to the dismal state of commercial film making in recent years. Nonetheless, CV is not  ...

Autumn Tale

Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit Eric Rohmer completes his quartet of the seasons with Autumn Tale - very engaging, very smart, very talky, very French, and most of all, very wise.  ...

Bedrooms and Hallways

Bedrooms and Hallways is a feather-light romantic comedy of considerable charm. On the surface it sings the paeans of pansexuality, but its real sexual energy is in the male/male romances, so while there is sufficient amusement for audiences of  ...

Chuck & Buck

Chuck and Buck isn't a realistic movie. The protagonist, Buck, is a construct and never meant to be taken as a "real person." Buck (Michael White, also the screenwriter) is twenty-seven, and although he has the adult skills  ...

Decline of Western Civilization III

Penelope Spheeris changed my life. A suburban doofus who only knew punk rock from records, I took a date to the Sacramento debut of The Decline of Western Civilization in 1981. The film documented the Los Angeles punk scene  ...