Focus

Arthur Miller is by any account a major figure in American letters, principally as a playwright. Had he written nothing other than Death of a Salesman, his position in the pantheon would be assured. With a pronouncedly social/political bent,  ...

Get Real

Get Real, director Simon Shore and producer Stephen Taylor's film adaptation of Patrick Wilde's play, What's Wrong With Angry?,is funny, well made, and thought provoking on many levels. They've set out to make the story of an English teenager's  ...

The Hurricane

When accepting last year's Irving Thalberg Award at the Oscars, Director Norman Jewison advised: "Just find some good stories to move people to laughter and tears. Never mind the gross, the Top 10, the demographics. Just make films about  ...

The Legend of 1900

After delighting audiences worldwide with the Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso (1988), director Giuseppe Tornatore is cast adrift in a sea of Europudding with his latest effort. A bit of goodwill carried over from the earlier film may allow The Legend  ...

Loser

Even in the midst of the teen movie overload that has threatened to turn the local multiplex into high school with popcorn, there was reason to hold out hope for Loser. After all, writer/director Amy Heckerling has successfully mined  ...

The Mother and the Whore

The best film released in 1998 was made in 1973. Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore is a bracing, difficult work, unflinching in its ambivalent depiction of the emotional maelstroms of sex. A critical and commercial success upon  ...

The Next Best Thing

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com A look at John Schlesinger's filmography reveals a four decade body of work that seems almost schizoid in its  ...

Oscar Come Lately – John Pavlus

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences So, Gladiator--Best Picture of 2000, et cetera et cetera? By now, even the most blinkered of armchair cineastes must be convinced: when it comes to quality, the Academy don't know jack.  ...

The Price of Air

Josh Evans' The Price of Air is the sort of independent film that makes you crave Hollywood: it wears its very ineptitude as a badge of honor. It assumes that we'll be thrilled by its "transgressions," as though meandering  ...

Same Old Song

After sixty years of moviemaking, Alain Resnais remains an innovator. His Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) played with time and place as it explored the intimate relationship between a pair of lovers within the context of the war. Last Year  ...