Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey

To the extent that Elia Kazan is known at all to today's movie-going audience, it is most likely as the fragile-looking old man who caused all the fuss at the 1999 Oscar ceremony. Controversy erupted over the Academy's decision  ...

Eyes Wide Shut

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach At his best Stanley Kubrick was one of cinema’s masters – his filmic sense utterly dwarfed that of all but a  ...

The Five Senses

Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses is the latest entry in what has almost become a sub-genre: the "failure to communicate" tapestry. The movie takes place in a Canadian city over the three days that it takes to solve the  ...

One Night at McCool’s

One Night at McCool’s has a promising opening. Matt Dillon is a jilted, luckless bartender named Randy. When we first see him he’s entering a bingo parlor to hire a hit-man named Mr. Burmeister. Burmeister turns out to be  ...

Ratcatcher

Lynne Ramsay's debut feature film is a wrenching contrast of elegant film-making with the bleakest of subject matter in unrelievedly grim surroundings. In the slums of Glasgow, by a fetid, polluted canal, 12 year old James Gillespie lives with  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2000

For one week each March, South by Southwest becomes the Festival That Ate Austin, Texas. Originally conceived as a music conference - it is often referred to as "spring break for the record industry" - SXSW has expanded into  ...

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  ...