My Life So Far

There always will be coming of age stories. Since childhood and the "formative years" universally constitute perhaps a quarter of the human experience, at least in terms of time, it seems likely that there will always be writers and  ...

Run Lola Run

From the amazing opening sequence, before the credits, all the way to the end of the screening when I was standing on my feet shouting and applauding, Run, Lola, Run is a film I could not take my  ...

Snow Falling On Cedars

Most movies about racism make society out to be either much better or much worse off than it really is, and end by offering a mushy-headed optimism or impotent outrage in lieu of insight. What might be our most  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Harsh Times (2005) Written and directed by David Ayer (Training Day) Jim Davis (Christian Bale) is a perfect candidate to work for the Department of Homeland Securities. He served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan,  ...

Big Daddy

There seem to be two versions of Big Daddy. If you like Adam Sandler you'll probably see the first one. In this version Sonny Koufax (Sandler) is a likable, if unmotivated, 32-year-old ex-lawyer, whose heart is as big as  ...

Bossa Nova

Bruno Barreto’s Bossa Nova has all the earmarks of a work that was made by a happy man – perhaps a man who’s too happy. It registers the ups and downs of romantic relationships in a way that doesn’t  ...

The Cider House Rules

The film versions of John Irving�s novels (The World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire) have seen varied results with the author�s typically quirky mix of eccentric characters, nostalgia and sentiment. With The Cider House Rules, Irving has finally  ...