A Map of the World

Easy-to-use 16oz teapot and four gourmet tea samples See a brief video demonstration A Map of the World is a primer in lousy moviemaking, and the result of what happens when a pedestrian director shoots a tone-deaf  ...

The Muse

Albert Brooks' first three films as director, co-writer and star - Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981) and Lost in America (1985) - are as striking and original as any American comedies since Preston Sturges' 1940's heyday. They've set  ...

Show Me Love

One of the biggest box office blockbusters in recent memory is Show Me Love, a modest comedy about two schoolgirls who defy conventional norms by falling in love with each other. Needless to say, it was not in America  ...

Some Like It Hot

Billy Wilder, who co-wrote and directed Some Like It Hot, had an exceptionally long career in the film industry, starting in 1920s Germany and extending in Hollywood from the 1930s to the early 1980s. He acted and produced, but  ...

Three Kings

In the closing days and immediate aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, George Bush made a monumental humanitarian error by calling on the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Interpreting Bush’s insistent and repeated calls as a promise of  ...

Unbreakable

Even before the main titles, Unbreakable starts out offering data about the wide readership of comic books in the United States. And the antagonist character, Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), is a dealer in comic book art, so that  ...

The Visit

The Visit, no doubt reflecting the stage play on which it is based, is structured around a series of prison visits. The inmate is Alex Waters (Hill Harper), serving twenty-five years on a rape conviction--a crime he says he  ...

What Planet Are You From?

The best justification for having cable television in the 1990's was a half-hour HBO satire of late night talk shows starring Garry Shandling. Skewering show business pretensions and egos on a weekly basis, The Larry Sanders Show reveled in  ...

X-Men

Adapting a film from a comic book presents filmmakers with a dilemma. Unless the comic's characters are familiar, like Superman or Batman, non-enthusiasts need background to understand the story and get involved. But taking time to bring neophytes up  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Haven (2004) Frank E. Flowers, director No one in Haven is quite what they seem to be. Or rather, they are mostly completely transparent. Everyone living in newcomer director Frank E. Flowers' vision of life on  ...