Saving Private Ryan

.. Steven Spielberg can be aggravating. In Schindler’s List, a fine and well wrought film, he nearly blew it by tacking on a superfluous ending. In Saving Private Ryan the same flaw is evident - the lack of editing discipline.  ...

Shadow Hours

Ad campaigns commonly focus on the violence or the sex or the horror in a movie because that's what sells tickets - regardless of whether or not the advertised aspect is what is important or central to the product.  ...

Singin’ in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain (BFI Film Classics) (1993), Peter Wollen Gene Kelly: Singin' In The Rain Lyrics by Arthur Freed, music by Nacio Herb Brown. For voice and piano. From the motion  ...

Urbania

Suggested reading: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings (1989), Jan Harold Brunvand The Big Book of Urban Legends (1994), Jan Harold Brunvand _________________________________________ In Urbania, first-time director Jon Shear uses  ...

American Psycho

American Psycho tips its hand very early on when the camera pans across a table that’s laden with posh dinnerware and exotic dishes. It doesn’t matter what the setting is, the meaning of this shot is always the same,  ...

Arlington Road

Arlington Road has a witty conceit buried beneath its layers of emotional sogginess and shock effects: the idea that domestic terrorists are otherwise normal citizens who, by quietly indoctrinating newcomers and their own young, may someday take control  ...

Battlefield Earth

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In a crucial moment near the climax of Battlefield Earth, a ragtag band of humans, having escaped their alien overlords, make their way to the Ft.  ...

BookWars

Most documentary films focus on facts more than style - the messages they deliver tend to be more stark and powerful than any directorial tricks that can be applied to them. BookWars is different. More tone poem than polemic,  ...

The Dish

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com It's not hyperbole to say that the entire world held its collective breath in support of a common cause on July 20, 1969. Those old enough to have  ...