The Seventh Seal

A knight and his squire return from the Crusades to their native Sweden which is ravaged by the plague. The knight encounters Death, but wins a reprieve by challenging the reaper to a game of chess. Thus Ingmar Bergman  ...

Space Cowboys

On the surface Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys looks like a frivolous chemistry experiment: What will happen if four dissimilar icons are squashed into a single motion picture and have to meld their styles together? Working overtime, Eastwood not  ...

The Straight Story

Whoever thought that David Lynch would make the first art-house Disney film? In one of the strangest turns of this strange cinematic year, Lynch has given us The Straight Story, a picture not only released by Walt Disney Pictures,  ...

Titus

Julie Taymor is a designer/director with a primarily theatrical background in which her interests in puppetry, masks, and design have blossomed into stage experiences of visual spectacle. Her breakthrough to mainstream recognition was provided by none other than the  ...

The Upside of Anger

Let's get the griping out of the way first, shall we? Writer/director Mike Binder structures The Upside of Anger as a flashback, in this case a gratuitous and leaden device which adds absolutely nothing to his film. His second  ...

The War Zone

The War Zone is dark, bleak and profoundly painful to watch. How could a film focused honestly on the subject of incestuous parental abuse be otherwise? The War Zone is also one of the most beautifully made films of  ...

The Wind Will Carry Us

Fellini, Mizoguchi, Bergman, Renoir, Ozu, Antonioni, Bresson: canon-worthy filmmakers whose very names elicit, like a primitive nickelodeon, images and impressions that flicker before your mind’s eye. There’s only one filmmaker working today who generates that response: Abbias Kiarostami.  ...

The Life of emile Zola

. .Great fiction and great films, it seems to CV, must have at their core a wonderful story, a strong narrative with driving force. Mood pieces or pure character studies can take us only so far; unless the viewer wants  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006) Stanley Nelson, director In 1978 cult leader Jim Jones ordered over 900 members of his Peoples Temple in Guyana to 'drink the Kool-Aid' and commit mass self-extermination. Jones'  ...

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FREE online seminar from Rand: Beyond the Internet: Predicting the Future of Computing Technology Spy Game is just that - a spy thriller that, in the tradition of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, deals  ...