The Legend of Bagger Vance

Twenty years ago, Robert Redford's directorial career began at a zenith when his first effort, Ordinary People, won Oscars for best picture, director, supporting actor and adapted screenplay. His subsequent films have been a varied lot but usually have  ...

The Loss Of Sexual Innocence

There really isn’t much of a plot to The Loss of Sexual Innocence, the new film by writer-director Mike Figgis. An English filmmaker named Nic (Julian Sands) is trapped in a dead marriage. He goes to Africa to make  ...

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes doesn't have enough substance or depth to make it in the art houses, and, unfortunately, that is exactly where it will play in the United States, since mainstream audiences, for the most part, steer clear of  ...

Red Planet

Science fiction fans who haven't quite recovered from Battlefield: Earth may want to think twice before taking a trip to Red Planet.. While not quite the debacle of that already notorious dud, this latest voyage into space doesn't exactly  ...

Rock the Boat

Suggested reading: The Amfar AIDS Handbook: The Complete Guide to Understanding HIV and AIDS (1998), Darrell E. Ward Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women With HIV (1997), Robert Klitzman Experiencing HIV: Personal, Family, and Work  ...

Saving Private Ryan

.. Steven Spielberg can be aggravating. In Schindler’s List, a fine and well wrought film, he nearly blew it by tacking on a superfluous ending. In Saving Private Ryan the same flaw is evident - the lack of editing discipline.  ...

Shadow Hours

Ad campaigns commonly focus on the violence or the sex or the horror in a movie because that's what sells tickets - regardless of whether or not the advertised aspect is what is important or central to the product.  ...

Singin’ in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain (BFI Film Classics) (1993), Peter Wollen Gene Kelly: Singin' In The Rain Lyrics by Arthur Freed, music by Nacio Herb Brown. For voice and piano. From the motion  ...

Urbania

Suggested reading: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings (1989), Jan Harold Brunvand The Big Book of Urban Legends (1994), Jan Harold Brunvand _________________________________________ In Urbania, first-time director Jon Shear uses  ...

Wonder Boys

Writers in movies don't use computers. They don't make copies of their work. They painstakingly peck out their literary creations on ream after ream of crisp white paper, using quaint, old-fashioned electric typewriters, then stack their finished pages neatly  ...