Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

As if from a comic parallel universe, it is not Josef K who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a cockroach, but Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), an IRS agent obsessed with numbers, who wakes up one morning  ...

Annie Hall

Suggested reading: Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen (1998), Mary P. Nichols Without Feathers (1990), Woody Allen Perspectives on Woody Allen (Perspectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry (Editor)  ...

Bicentennial Man

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Bicentennial Man started as an Isaac Asimov short story - and a pretty good one, in the Asimov genre. Then it got recycled, blown up and spat out  ...

Cast Away

When the hero of Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away returns to civilization after spending four years marooned on a South Pacific island, he’s welcomed back in a homecoming staged by his employers. We glimpse but a second of the ceremony,  ...

The Dinner Game

Farce is a classic comedy form employing extreme exaggeration, improbable incidents, and, often, a very rapid pace with slapstick physical elements, so that the viewer doesn't get a chance to think too much between laughs. Believability of incident is  ...

The Family Man

If holiday movies were presents under the Christmas tree, The Family Man would be your Aunt Ethel's fruitcake: sickly sweet and hard to swallow. A would-be Yuletide heartwarmer in the "What if?" tradition of A Christmas Carol and It's  ...

Gladiator

the official illustrated companion book Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a bipolar movie, a spectacle that's against spectacles. It's a sporadically absorbing film with a handful of classy performances, but it has a schoolmarm's chiding temperament;  ...

The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

In the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee began revitalizing the American independent film, the popularity of which had waned considerably since John Cassavetes’ days. In the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and Richard Linklater sent indie films into  ...

The King of Masks

The King of Masks is a tour de force, a rare movie where every character demands your full attention and you are happy to give it to them. It tells a simple story. The time is the 1930s, a  ...