Mission to Mars

Suggested reading: Blue Mars (sci fi novel) (1997), Kim Stanley Robinson The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1997), Robert Zubrin Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas  ...

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Suggested reading: Men With the Pink Triangle: The True, Life-And-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps (1994), Heinz Heger The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals (1988), Richard Plant While  ...

Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky's 1998 Pi was an edgy and thoughtful effort, a low-budget, black-and-white film that displayed intelligence and unusual promise with a fresh and original look to it. Requiem for a Dream, based on Hubert Selby, Jr.'s novel of  ...

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love has been lavished with an extraordinarily talented creative group. CV loved director John Madden's earlier films, Mrs. Brown and the sadly underrated, extremely powerful Ethan Frome, both rather serious films. Here Mr. Madden brings his skills  ...

Stardom

As Andy Warhol’s quote about everyone being famous for fifteen minutes proves ever more prophetic, media satirists are faced with a conundrum: How do you satirize something that teeters so closely to self-parody ? The (sur)reality of media-driven celebrity,  ...

Tigerland

Anyone who's been through the mortifying experience of basic training in the U.S. Army will get a startling jolt of a memory trip from Tigerland. Director Joel Schumacher (Batman and Robin, Flawless) gets it right, from the mise en  ...

Venus Beauty Institute (Venus Beaute Institut)

"Love," says Angele, a middle-aged beautician who works at a chic Parisian salon, "is just another form of slavery. It makes me sick and mean." As played by Nathalie Baye in Tonie Marshall's Venus Beauty Institute, Angele is a  ...

The World is Not Enough

The World is Not Enough is the nineteenth film based on the Ian Fleming character, James Bond. You would have to be a hermit on Mars not to have at least some familiarity with Agent 007 (in Her Majesty's  ...

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  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Inland Empire David Lynch is one of those directors whose films are instantly recognizable as his, and whose style has had such an effect on pop culture that it's garnered its own adjective, Lynchian. Inland Empire  ...