True Crime

I like Clint Eastwood's new directorial and star vehicle, True Crime. I recommend it to Eastwood lovers and non-Eastwood lovers, people who believe the justice system is flawed, opponents of capital punishment, people who like James Woods and car chases,  ...

The Widow of St. Pierre

Director Patrice Leconte doesn't mess around with minor themes. Whether on the more intimate scale of fascinating Monsieur Hire (1989) or the more recent Girl on the Bridge (1999), or on the grander scale of French costume drama like  ...

Boy (Shonen): culturevulture.net -film review

Among Japan’s pantheon of great directors, and there are many, none is more notorious than Nagisa Oshima, not even pretender to the throne Takashi Miike. (That is because Oshima’s shocks almost always feel devout while Miike’s often seem  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Newcomer indie director Ramin Bahrani spins a sparse tale told in cinema verité of contemporary immigrant life in Manhattan. In Man Push Cart, one-time Pakistani rock star Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) is now a contemporary displaced person, a working-poor immigrant seeking  ...

Zen Noir (2006)

Zen Noir (2006) Marc Rosenbush, director Filmmaker Marc Rosenbush readily admits he made Zen Noir as a 'koan for the audience.' A koan is a paradox used to train the student of Buddhism to break out of  ...

Angela’s Ashes

Angela's Ashes is a painstakingly constructed shell with a hollow center - a biographical film that never quite finds its subject. Based on Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir about growing up in Ireland amid appalling poverty, the movie makes  ...

Better Than Chocolate

Suggested reading: The Lesbian Sex Book (1993), Wendy Caster Bushfire: Stories of Lesbian Desire (1991), Karen Barber (Editor) Early Embraces: True-Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience (1996), Lindsey Elder (Editor)  ...

Broken Vessels

Whatever happened to films that were impolite enough to scare the hell out of their audiences? I’m talking about movies like Taxi Driver or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, movies that took you all the way inside the  ...

Crazy in Alabama

Crazy in Alabama begins with peacock-hued animated credits as Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" thumps along the soundtrack. It ends with poignant violins and an uplifting helicopter shot. In between, we're presented with two very disparate  ...

End of Days

How big is Arnold Schwarzenegger? Forget the international body-building titles, the above-even-the-director credit lines, the preview ads that read only: "Schwarzenegger – December 1999". In End of Days, Arnold faces his biggest foe ever – Satan himself. But even  ...