Road Trip

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Stir of Echoes

Children who communicate with the dead are turning up with increasing frequency at the multiplex these days. The surprise late summer hit The Sixth Sense continues to haunt theaters, and young star Haley Joel Osment's extraordinary performance as the  ...

The Tao of Steve

Dex is a fine example of the genus Bohemius Americanus. 250 lbs. of spiky intelligence and unfettered libido, Dex is both brilliant and lazy. He commands sufficient erudition to rationalize his "moral turpitude" with quotes from Kierkegaard and Lao-Tse,  ...

Time and Tide (Seunlau ngaklau)

Suggested reading: Planet Hong Kong : Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (2000), David Bordwell At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World (2001), Esther C.M. Yau, editor When an American thinks of contemporary Hong  ...

Trippin’

.. In the production notes for Trippin', screenwriter Gary Hardwick says: "It's sort of semi-autobiographical about my last couple of years in high school." He also says: "It took me a week to write a first draft and another week  ...

A Walk on the Moon

. A Walk on the Moon was very popular with the audience at the Sundance Festival in January and that is fully understandable. Tony Goldwyn's first film is a warmhearted treat, full of small pleasures and nicely observed detail  ...

Boy (Shonen): culturevulture.net -film review

Among Japan’s pantheon of great directors, and there are many, none is more notorious than Nagisa Oshima, not even pretender to the throne Takashi Miike. (That is because Oshima’s shocks almost always feel devout while Miike’s often seem  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Starring: Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Sienna Guillory Directed by: Stefan Fangmeier Produced by: John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Gil Netter MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy violence, intense battle sequences  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Inland Empire David Lynch is one of those directors whose films are instantly recognizable as his, and whose style has had such an effect on pop culture that it's garnered its own adjective, Lynchian. Inland Empire  ...

The Queen

Despite an extraordinary and nuanced performance by Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, this film could have been titled “Diana” or at least “Diana vs. the Queen.” Set in the week of Princess Diana’s sudden death in 1997, this docudrama  ...