Sunset Boulevard

Even fifty years ago, it seems Hollywood's best days were already behind it. Los Angeles is a city that has been haunted by its past for nearly the entire length of its existence, and Sunset Boulevard is still its  ...

Traffic

Awash in "Movie of the Year" buzz almost since its inception, Steven Soderbergh's sprawling, ambitious drug war epic Traffic has finally arrived. If recent history is our guide, it will meet with hyperbolic accolades and vindictive backlash in rapid  ...

The Watcher

The Watcher wants so badly to be Se7en it should have been called W8tcher. It's a knock-off of David Fincher's brutal serial killer noir, from its fragmented, arresting credits sequence to its dank, torpid atmosphere. But where Se7en had  ...

A Christmas Tale: culturevulture.net -film review

Written and Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Cosigny, Chiara Mastroianni MPAA rating: Unrated Run Time: 143 minutes http://www.bacfilms.com/site/conte/ Arnaud Desplechin is contemporary French cinema’s purest descendent of its Nouvelle Vague. He displays Jacques  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Henry Darger. That is the name that hovers behind this 2002 documentary film, How To Draw A Bunny, by John Walter, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, and details the life and wannabe  ...

Triad Election

Triad Election In the hey day of Hong Kong cinema, that is, the early 1990s, one would be surprised to hear that a decade later, Johnnie To, would be the most industrious director working in the  ...

Along Came a Spider

From the opening teaser sequence to the casting of Morgan Freeman as a detective tracking a criminal mastermind to the gratuitous twists at the end, Along Came a Spider spins its formulaic web like a black widow on automatic  ...

Beautiful People

Suggested reading: Fences and Neighbors: The Political Geography of Immigration Control (1999), Jeannette Money Writer/director Jasmin Dizdar's feature debut, Beautiful People, opens on a London bus. Passengers politely ignore one another as people file  ...

Bowfinger

Robert Bowfinger (Steve Martin) wants to be a player so bad he can taste it. Pushing 50, with only the shell of a production company to show for his efforts, he sees his chance at the big time in  ...

The Claim

The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy's classic novel of transgression, repentance, and redemption denied has been morphed by director Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland, Welcome to Sarajevo) into an epic Western, shifting the locale from Dorchester, England to California's Sierra Nevada  ...