My Son the Fanatic

My Son the Fanatic is a story about a stable family man whose life comes unraveled all at once. It doesn’t matter that these things rarely happen in reality because it’s so tantalizing to wonder what it would  ...

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  ...

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.  ...

Waking the Dead

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead is like a dorm room bull session, an all-night round of self-righteousness and moralizing, shrilly earnest pontification  ...

Wild Man Blues

Suggested reading: The Films of Woody Allen (Cambridge Film Classics) (1993), Sam B. Girgus Perspectives on Woody Allen (Persectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred (1995), Richard A. Blake  ...

Elegy: culturevulture.net -film review

Directed by Isabel Coixet Written by Nicholas Meyer (adapted from the novel The Dying Animal by Philip Roth) Starring: Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Deborah Harry Run Time: 106 minutes MPAA rating: R http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/ Elegy  ...

Tears of the Black Tiger

Stella Malucchi in Tears of the Black Tiger. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Tears of the Black Tiger (Fah Talai Jone) Starring: Chartchai Ngam-San, Suwinit Panjamawat, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwan, Arawat Ruangvuth, Sombat Metanee Director/Screenplay: Wisit Sasanatieng  ...

A Woman Under The Influence

DVD Review John Cassavetes was one of those rare artists of whom it could be said that his flaws were his strengths, and his strengths were his flaws. On a purely technical  ...

3000 Miles to Graceland

It's no big secret that in 21st century Hollywood, scripts are sold and movies go into production based on "trailer moments" - those one-liners, action sequences and special effects shots that serve as fodder for the two-minute promos designed  ...

Angel’s Ladies

"Go west, young man!" So goes the rallying cry of Manifest Destiny, the beckoning of American exploration, and often, the pillaging of the “wild west.” Take a step forward to modern times, and such ghostly whispers can be heard  ...