The Apple

In Iran, a group of neighbors petitioned the local welfare agency to come to the aid of a pair of twelve year old twin girls who had been locked up by their father in their tiny home, behind bars  ...

The Big Animal

As the early morning mist clears, a circus is seen departing. Remaining behind, standing alone in a field, is a large camel, its two ungainly humps creating a landscape all their own. In short order, the camel wanders  ...

Bonnie and Clyde

Click the poster to buy at Movie Goods.com Bonnie and Clyde is a tightly woven story, the deceptively simple screenplay by Robert Benton and David Newman deserving of the awards it won. (One can't help  ...

The Cell

Tarsem Singh’s The Cell asks the provocative question, “What goes on inside a serial killer’s mind?,” and ends by concluding that he mostly wants to dress up in one of Cher’s Oscar outfits. Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio) has  ...

Code 46

In a not-so-distant future time, cloning and genetic manipulation of human beings has become so common that a law, Code 46, is enforced to prevent inbreeding by people who are deemed to be genetically identical. Couples must be screened  ...

The Dinner Game

Farce is a classic comedy form employing extreme exaggeration, improbable incidents, and, often, a very rapid pace with slapstick physical elements, so that the viewer doesn't get a chance to think too much between laughs. Believability of incident is  ...

East Palace, West Palace

.East Palace, West Palace is a remarkable film. In 1997 the Chinese government put its director, Yuan Zhang, under house arrest and confiscated his passport. His friends smuggled the movie out of the country so that it could be  ...

Everest

Suggested reading: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster (1998), Jon Krakauer The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest (1998), Anatoli Boukreev Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (1997), Broughton Coburn Epic:  ...

The Gift

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. Several arcs cross in The Gift. Cate Blanchett is in ascendance, as the film adds another great performance to her relatively short but  ...

Kikujiro

Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro tries on the buddy-movie formula and finds it wanting. A superbly photographed picture, it abandons traditional character development two-thirds of the way through, and turns into a free-form medley of sight gags that kid and prod  ...