Runaway Bride

It’s hardly a compliment to say that Runaway Bride is better than Pretty Woman. That odious exercise in bad faith was a romantic comedy so smarmy it required a shower to wash away its stink. It was the nadir  ...

Solomon and Gaenor

Solomon and Gaenor is a first feature film for writer/director Paul Morrison, a documentarian crossing over to romantic drama. Morrison brings a fine director's eye to this production; the experience of his earlier filmmaking shows in his knowing use  ...

Tango

Carlos Saura has a long term and well earned reputation as a maker of beautiful films, particularly films built around dance. Blood Wedding, Carmen, and Flamenco (all available on video - see link below) are particularly worthy of note.  ...

Trippin’

.. In the production notes for Trippin', screenwriter Gary Hardwick says: "It's sort of semi-autobiographical about my last couple of years in high school." He also says: "It took me a week to write a first draft and another week  ...

Where the Money Is

Where the Money Is opens with what looks like a commercial for a perfume called "Wild Youth." Two reckless kids, drunk and giddy after their high school prom, careen down a country road in a '66 Mustang convertible. They  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Marcel Camus's 1959 French film, Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), made in 1959, in Portuguese, is by no means a great film, but it is a landmark film; an odd amalgam of modernity  ...

culturevulture.net – review

German with English subtitles Mattias Keilich, director Ever since the days popular German novelist Karl May placed his Old West characters Chief Winnetou and Old Shatterhand in situations ranging from the antebellum South to the opening of the Cherokee Strip,  ...

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Buddhism is a strange religion to us Westerners. Buddhists do not have a God, nor do they have the consolation prize of life after death. They do believe in reincarnation, though it’s more like a necessary pit stop  ...

Analyze This

.. Regular readers here know that CV is not one to effuse superlatives, particularly over popular, mass market films. That may be due, in part, to the dismal state of commercial film making in recent years. Nonetheless, CV is not  ...

Besieged

The very first frames of Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged display the hand of a master filmmaker at the peak of his powers. The main titles run with footage of an African musician, a virtual one-man-band, singing his rhythmic and emotional  ...