An Everlasting Piece

Filmmakers travel to Northern Ireland at great peril. It's not that they risk their lives there: who'd waste good bullets on a film crew? No, the real danger is the aesthetic paralysis that inflicts outsiders who shoot in Ireland.  ...

Beau Travail

Suggested reading: Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Herman Melville The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force (1992), Douglas Porch Claire Denis, talking about her new film, Beau Travail, is  ...

The Big One

. As a member of the Online Film Critics Society, CV could not ignore the society's award to The Big One for best documentary film of 1998. To be perfectly honest about it, we hadn't even seen this film, no  ...

Hannibal

There was no reason to expect much from Hannibal. Nothing about it suggested that it might be interesting: it's the unnecessary sequel to Silence of the Lambs, an intelligent and sturdily crafted film. It's drawn from a universally reviled  ...

The Iron Giant

Before I say all the wonderful things that need to be said about The Iron Giant, I have a question: Why does every cartoon boy hero have to look like Tom Sawyer? Why does every  ...

The Last September

The Last September is a scenic look at a time and set of attitudes long past. While gorgeous to look at, it's much more effective at capturing the appearance of an era than it is at involving us in  ...

Never Been Kissed

Drew Barrymore is very cute. She is an actor you pull for. You want her to succeed. The aisle is very crowded and there is a lot of gum on the floor. It will be difficult to get  ...

The Patriot

Estes Air Force One Radio Control Jet Airplane Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin first treated us to their overblown brand of Fourth of July fireworks with Independence Day in 1996. In that little-seen  ...

The Realm of Fortune

The Realm of Fortune (El Imperio de la Fortuna) (1986) .. El Imperio de la Fortuna (The Realm of Fortune) is the second film adaptation of a story by one of the masters of Latin American  ...