City of God (Cidade de Deus)

Jamoca Chocolate Kahlua Cake Few movies attain the greatness of a genuinely profound experience that lingers on permanently in the cultural consciousness. Films like The Seventh Seal, Citizen Kane, or Ikiru, to arbitrarily list a  ...

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

The most cursory glance at Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary screams out that it is a Guy Maddin film. His fifth feature does not depart from his usual modus operandi – the loving, nostalgic caricature of  ...

Finding Forrester

Gus Van Sant both directed and wrote his early films -- Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, My Private Idaho -- and they were films that showed originality, exuberance, and integrity: the promise of an auteur. Then there were some less  ...

The Grandfather

The Grandfather opens with a shot of a framed photograph sitting on a table, a picture of a mother and her two daughters. The camera pulls back and reveals a luxurious room, all ochres and golds, yellow roses, brocade  ...

The Idiots

Imagine the sales pitch. Giddy investors have gathered to hear the new idea from Lars von Trier, who is following up the enormous critical and commercial success of Breaking the Waves. He has the clout to demand anything now:  ...

The Last September

The Last September is a scenic look at a time and set of attitudes long past. While gorgeous to look at, it's much more effective at capturing the appearance of an era than it is at involving us in  ...

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 Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate opens with a short and simple camera movement that finds the crepe-edged comedy in the final moments of a man’s life – it’s vintage Roman Polanski. The horror genre has been degraded for so long that  ...

Pushing Tin

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com "You land one million planes safely. Then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it." Funny line. It appears on screen at the  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2000

For one week each March, South by Southwest becomes the Festival That Ate Austin, Texas. Originally conceived as a music conference - it is often referred to as "spring break for the record industry" - SXSW has expanded into  ...