Venus Beauty Institute (Venus Beaute Institut)

"Love," says Angele, a middle-aged beautician who works at a chic Parisian salon, "is just another form of slavery. It makes me sick and mean." As played by Nathalie Baye in Tonie Marshall's Venus Beauty Institute, Angele is a  ...

The Good Shepherd

  The Good Shepherd is an intriguing, adult film. Adult, not merely because it’s rated “R”, but because it depicts the difficult and problematic professional and personal life of a CIA operative with an adult, realistic approach that is  ...

Oscar Rant, Academy Awards 2009

In which Culturevulture.net film writers have their say about the Academy Awards, for 2008 After seeing Milk, I thought Sean Penn was a no-brainer for Best Actor. And why not? It'd be scant justice for Prop 8, but we queers  ...

two lives plus one

Directed by Idit Cebula Written by Idit Cebula Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Gérard Darmon, Jocelyn Quivrin, Michel Jonasz, Valérie Benguigui, Jackie Berroyer, Yvon Back, Catherine Hosmalin, Solange Najman, Michel Feldman, Maia Riviere Run Time: 90 minutes MPAA Rating: Not Rated website  ...

After Life

Afterlife, the new feature by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Maborosi, Without Memory) is set in a kind of halfway house between life on Earth and the mystery of eternity. The film presents a challenge to each character, as  ...

Analyze This

.. Regular readers here know that CV is not one to effuse superlatives, particularly over popular, mass market films. That may be due, in part, to the dismal state of commercial film making in recent years. Nonetheless, CV is not  ...

Autumn Tale

Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit Eric Rohmer completes his quartet of the seasons with Autumn Tale - very engaging, very smart, very talky, very French, and most of all, very wise.  ...

Bedrooms and Hallways

Bedrooms and Hallways is a feather-light romantic comedy of considerable charm. On the surface it sings the paeans of pansexuality, but its real sexual energy is in the male/male romances, so while there is sufficient amusement for audiences of  ...

Chuck & Buck

Chuck and Buck isn't a realistic movie. The protagonist, Buck, is a construct and never meant to be taken as a "real person." Buck (Michael White, also the screenwriter) is twenty-seven, and although he has the adult skills  ...