Mission: Impossible 2

Brian DePalma’s Mission: Impossible had a minimal number of kicks: a skewed-angle view of a staircase that looked like an M.C. Escher drawing, a sexy supporting performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and an energizing use of Lalo Schifrin’s TV theme  ...

Me, Myself, & Irene

Bobby and Peter Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Kingpin) are responsible for some of the most appallingly tasteless - and hilarious - sight gags ever committed to celluloid. There's no body function too private, no excretion too taboo for  ...

The Mummy Returns

The title says it all: the mummy returns, bringing with him the Curse of the Summer Movie Sequel. Those who enjoyed 1999's The Mummy are unlikely to be disappointed, as this return engagement by the ancient Egyptian Imhotep plays  ...

Pleasantville

When CV sees a movie like Pleasantville, we get a little worried about slipping into a double standard, on the one hand, and preaching condescendingly, on the other. We don't want to do either, but movies like this  ...

Ran

Akira Kurosawa was a prolific director, creating 31 films over a half century. Whether working on an intimate scale (Ikiru, 1952) or in epic mode (The Seven Samurai, 1954), he was profound in his observations, skilled at storytelling, and  ...

Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

“I liked you, Macaroni,” the gangster tells a comrade who’s made a fatal slip-up in Rififi, “but you know the rules.” Indeed, every moviegoer in the world understands the rules in Jules Dassin’s 1955 crime classic. But Rififi (the  ...

Saving Private Ryan

.. Steven Spielberg can be aggravating. In Schindler’s List, a fine and well wrought film, he nearly blew it by tacking on a superfluous ending. In Saving Private Ryan the same flaw is evident - the lack of editing discipline.  ...

Shadow Hours

Ad campaigns commonly focus on the violence or the sex or the horror in a movie because that's what sells tickets - regardless of whether or not the advertised aspect is what is important or central to the product.  ...

Singin’ in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain (BFI Film Classics) (1993), Peter Wollen Gene Kelly: Singin' In The Rain Lyrics by Arthur Freed, music by Nacio Herb Brown. For voice and piano. From the motion  ...

Urbania

Suggested reading: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings (1989), Jan Harold Brunvand The Big Book of Urban Legends (1994), Jan Harold Brunvand _________________________________________ In Urbania, first-time director Jon Shear uses  ...