The Watcher

The Watcher wants so badly to be Se7en it should have been called W8tcher. It's a knock-off of David Fincher's brutal serial killer noir, from its fragmented, arresting credits sequence to its dank, torpid atmosphere. But where Se7en had  ...

Apocalypto

Directed by Mel Gibson Starring: Dalia Hernandez, Mayra Serbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, Rudy Youngblood Directed by: Mel Gibson Produced by: Ned Dowd, Vicki Christianson, Mel Gibson Rated R for sequences  ...

Bangkok Film Festival – 2000

a culturevulture.net special report by Susan Cunningham A more sensitive or cynical person would have deciphered the warning signal several weeks before the premier of this year's Bangkok Film Festival. Thesignal was the announcement ofa  ...

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  ...

Cecil B. Demented

Whether you call it guerrilla filmmaking, outlaw cinema or the underground movie scene, there is no doubt that John Waters is one of the heroes of the pioneering movement that led to the current independent film boom. Displaying an  ...

Condo Painting

The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo George Condo: Paintings and Drawings George Condo is a man possessed by visions. A successful Soho artist, he paints what he sees: the "antipodal beings" that  ...

Dogma

Kevin Smith's Dogma is at once irreverent and respectful, daffy and devout. It's the cinematic equivalent of paging through a religious textbook and coloring in Apostles' teeth in the picture of the Last Supper, drawing Jesus a pair of  ...

Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey

To the extent that Elia Kazan is known at all to today's movie-going audience, it is most likely as the fragile-looking old man who caused all the fuss at the 1999 Oscar ceremony. Controversy erupted over the Academy's decision  ...

Eyes Wide Shut

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach At his best Stanley Kubrick was one of cinema’s masters – his filmic sense utterly dwarfed that of all but a  ...