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  ...

Apocalypto

Directed by Mel Gibson Starring: Dalia Hernandez, Mayra Serbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, Rudy Youngblood Directed by: Mel Gibson Produced by: Ned Dowd, Vicki Christianson, Mel Gibson Rated R for sequences  ...

Bangkok Film Festival – 2000

a culturevulture.net special report by Susan Cunningham A more sensitive or cynical person would have deciphered the warning signal several weeks before the premier of this year's Bangkok Film Festival. Thesignal was the announcement ofa  ...

Better Than Chocolate

Suggested reading: The Lesbian Sex Book (1993), Wendy Caster Bushfire: Stories of Lesbian Desire (1991), Karen Barber (Editor) Early Embraces: True-Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience (1996), Lindsey Elder (Editor)  ...

Broken Vessels

Whatever happened to films that were impolite enough to scare the hell out of their audiences? I’m talking about movies like Taxi Driver or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, movies that took you all the way inside the  ...

Cecil B. Demented

Whether you call it guerrilla filmmaking, outlaw cinema or the underground movie scene, there is no doubt that John Waters is one of the heroes of the pioneering movement that led to the current independent film boom. Displaying an  ...

Diary of a Chambermaid

The films of Luis Bunuel (1900-1983) are challenging, characterized by frequent excursions into the surreal, and by ambiguities and abstractions that demand active thinking on the part of the viewer. His Diary of a Chambermaid, a darkly droll work,has  ...

Fever

No wonder Nick Parker (Henry Thomas), the central character of Alex Winter's film, Fever, suffers the full panoply of New York alienation disorder – faces constantly close up in eerie light will induce paranoia in just about anyone. But  ...

Hanging Up

Hanging Up ostensibly depicts how the members of a dysfunctional family deal with death and their evolving relationships with each other. But just as a family consists of more than a group of individuals, a film needs to be  ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A large theater. A full house of predominantly young viewers, a little restless, a little rambunctious. The lights go down, the show begins, the chatter stops and attention is rapt for the next two hours, the only sounds that  ...