To Have and Have Not

Made while World War II was still going on, To Have and Have Not, based on the Hemingway novel, was great wartime escapist entertainment. That it holds up as well as it does fifty years later is a tribute  ...

Absolute Wilson

A documentary by Katharina Otto-Bernstein A boy in a boat transfixed by light. A nail goes into a hand and someone sings. A woman in black evening dress faces the audience and fires  ...

Casino Royale

It’s a pleasure to write a review of a good film, especially for one that I was prepared to find derivative and tired. But Casino Royale has all the best attributes of a James Bond film without any of the  ...

Romantico (2005)

A documentary produced, directed and edited by Mark Becker web site When Mark Becker started interviewing subjects for a documentary short about the mariachi singers who were working the taquerias and hipster clubs in San Francisco’s Hispanic Mission District,  ...

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a powerful and profound work by the great director Federico Fellini. The film follows a series of events in the life of a journalist (Marcello Mastroianni) which explore his dissatisfaction in his work and  ...

American Pimp

The Hughes Brothers are fascinated with bad guys. Their startling debut, Menace II Society, depicted inner city thug life with a visceral intensity that made Boyz N The Hood look like The Little Rascals. The follow-up, Dead Presidents, less  ...

Bowfinger

Robert Bowfinger (Steve Martin) wants to be a player so bad he can taste it. Pushing 50, with only the shell of a production company to show for his efforts, he sees his chance at the big time in  ...

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

Director Don McGlynn, who has directed documentaries about such American musical icons as Art Pepper, the Mills Brothers and Spike Jones, has given us a rich and many layered story with Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog. The documentary  ...

The Color of Paradise

The Color of Paradise is about a blind boy who sees with clarity and his sighted father who is blind to the beauty in his own family. It is a film made from a deeply spiritual point of view,  ...

The Exorcist

The legend of The Exorcist is almost as well known and mythic as the movie itself. Fresh off an Oscar win, director/wunderkind/arrogant genius William Friedkin’s methods of dealing with the film's cast and crew would have broken Geneva convention  ...