Galaxy Quest

No matter how many times he saved the universe as Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner's finest onscreen moment may still be the 1986 Saturday Night Live sketch in which, playing himself, Shatner castigated an audience full of Kirk-worshippers  ...

culturevulture.net and AMC salute Alfred Hitchcock

culturevulture.net salutes Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980) Twenty-one years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock remains the most imitated filmmaker who ever lived. No other director so peerlessly combined craftsmanship and personality, popularity and genius.  ...

The Insider

Proving once again that where there's smoke, there's fire, more than a few people are feeling the burn from Michael Mann's new ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama, The Insider. Based on "The Man Who Knew Too Much," a Vanity Fair article by  ...

Time Regained (Le Temps Retrouve)

With Time Regained, director Ra�l Ruiz makes a 180 degree turnaround from his last outing, a forgettable commercial thriller, Shattered Image. Here he takes on the last volume of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, generally considered to be  ...

Love & Sex

Woody Allen has a lot to answer for. His two great romantic comedies - Annie Hall and Manhattan - were so startling in their reinvention of the romantic comedy that they've managed to derail the genre. These are films  ...

Mifune

In Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Toshiro Mifune played Kikuchiyo, the son of a peasant farmer who lays claim to the noble status of a samurai warrior. In Mifune, the new film from Danish director S�ren Kragh-Jacobsen, Anders W. Berthelsen  ...

Mumford

Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford is a well-tuned vehicle with no destination. It is not funny enough to be a comedy, not serious enough to be a drama, and not deep enough to be much more than a slick two-hanky Hollywood  ...

The Producers

Moviegoers who think that Mel Brooks' zenith as a filmmaker was marked by flatulence around a campfire, or that the Farrelly Brothers invented the "do anything for a laugh, no matter how offensive" philosophy need to investigate The Producers.  ...

The Third Man

CD: The Third Man Theme and Other Viennese Favorites The Third Man is a wonderful example of the good that can come from talented people working together in real collaboration. Director Carol Reed,  ...

Tokyo Story

Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) was a highly respected Japanese director who made some 54 films, films that were popular in Japan, but have been under-appreciated in the west. Ozu's subject matter was almost exclusively middle-class Japanese family life. The exposition  ...