The King of Masks

The King of Masks is a tour de force, a rare movie where every character demands your full attention and you are happy to give it to them. It tells a simple story. The time is the 1930s, a  ...

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels shares two important similarities with Alberto Benigni's oscar-nominated Life Is Beautiful. They are both in foreign languages, but Benigni's Italian  ...

Mystery Men

Mystery Men takes place in a mysterious time in a mysterious city, a city with strange satellites orbiting around futuristic skyscrapers and billboards in every language. Everything suggests a world where Earthlings have become one with each other's culture,  ...

The Pledge

Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Tom Noonan, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Mickey Rourke, Sam Shepard…What is this, the list of courtside-seat ticket holders at a recent L.A. Lakers games? No, it’s the cast of  ...

Random Hearts

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Sydney Pollack has made an interesting and engrossing film in Random Hearts. It is being marketed as a love story - which it is - so some will complain  ...

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  ...

Sidewalks of New York

Individually Hand Dyed Mesh Silk Kimono Top in Orange and Black Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, She's The One) wrote, produced, directed, and stars in Sidewalks of New York and he acquits himself in  ...

The Son (Le Fils)

Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have dazzled serious critics with their austere, character-driven movies. Their current entry, The Son, like Rosetta before it, is not an easy film to watch, but it rewards the patient viewer amply by  ...

The Yards

The Yards are the train yards of the New York City Transit authority where subway cars are maintained and repaired, often by private contractors who competitively bid for the work. It's a system ripe with possibilities for graft and  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Marcel Camus's 1959 French film, Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), made in 1959, in Portuguese, is by no means a great film, but it is a landmark film; an odd amalgam of modernity  ...