A Map of the World

Easy-to-use 16oz teapot and four gourmet tea samples See a brief video demonstration A Map of the World is a primer in lousy moviemaking, and the result of what happens when a pedestrian director shoots a tone-deaf  ...

The Muse

Albert Brooks' first three films as director, co-writer and star - Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981) and Lost in America (1985) - are as striking and original as any American comedies since Preston Sturges' 1940's heyday. They've set  ...

The School of Flesh

CV loves Isabelle Huppert. She has a fine-boned beauty combined with an intelligence that glows in her eyes. As an actress, she can convey the most subtle emotions and shifts of feeling effortlessly, convincingly, believably. She also -  ...

Slamdance Festival 2000

... Slamdance - Festival 2000 . a culturevulture.net special report by Scott Von Doviak It begins at the Salt Lake City airport. That's when the cell phones come out in force, magically sprouting from the  ...

Spinal Tap

Click to buy the poster at MovieGoods.com The career of fictional rock group Spinal Tap is a high decibel example of life imitating art imitating life. Since their 1984 debut as England's loudest band, Michael McKean,  ...

Sunshine

"Sunshine" is the translation of a markedly Jewish family name, Sonnenschein, and it is also the name of the elixir ("A Taste of Sunshine") which makes this fictional family's fortune in late nineteenth century Hungary. Academy Award winning Hungarian  ...

Thirteen Days

Thirteen Days is an adrenaline-charged retelling of the 1962 world crisis that pitted American leadership against the aggressive encroachment of the Soviet Union, which was stealthily placing nuclear-capable missiles with a 1,000 mile attack capability in Cuba. Cold war  ...

Too Much Sleep

A toddler playing on the front lawn of a tract home in suburban New Jersey looks up to see a tall, sleepy kid, maybe 22, walking by. The door of the house flies open and another young man runs  ...

The Way of the Gun

The fact that American cinema hasn’t quite hit rock-bottom doesn’t stop our directors from trying to get there, and the latest diving bell is Christopher McQuarrie’s directorial debut The Way of the Gun. A threepenny opera of lurid plot turns,  ...

With a Friend Like Harry

On its surface Dominik Moll’s With A Friend Like Harry looks like a European cousin of those lover/housemate/babysitter-from-Hell movies that took over Hollywood in the early ’90s, in which a malignant sociopath would enter the lives of normal people  ...