My Son the Fanatic

My Son the Fanatic is a story about a stable family man whose life comes unraveled all at once. It doesn’t matter that these things rarely happen in reality because it’s so tantalizing to wonder what it would  ...

Runaway Bride

It’s hardly a compliment to say that Runaway Bride is better than Pretty Woman. That odious exercise in bad faith was a romantic comedy so smarmy it required a shower to wash away its stink. It was the nadir  ...

A Thousand Clowns

Murray Burns is an arrested adolescent, constantly declaring his own holiday (Irving R. Feldman's birthday) so that he can play hooky to fly kites, wave goodbye to departing ocean liners, and take to the streets at dawn to exhort  ...

U-571

U-571 is a hybrid. While shot in color and using ample amounts of 21st century technology, it's basically a 1940s film - one that the World War II Office of War Information would have readily approved. It's a testosterone-fest  ...

West Beirut

Ziad Doueiri worked as a cameraman in a dozen films, including Quentin Tarantino's hits Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. But his debut film as writer/director, West Beirut, is an original, all his own and straight from the heart. A  ...

The World is Not Enough

The World is Not Enough is the nineteenth film based on the Ian Fleming character, James Bond. You would have to be a hermit on Mars not to have at least some familiarity with Agent 007 (in Her Majesty's  ...

Tears of the Black Tiger

Stella Malucchi in Tears of the Black Tiger. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Tears of the Black Tiger (Fah Talai Jone) Starring: Chartchai Ngam-San, Suwinit Panjamawat, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwan, Arawat Ruangvuth, Sombat Metanee Director/Screenplay: Wisit Sasanatieng  ...

A Woman Under The Influence

DVD Review John Cassavetes was one of those rare artists of whom it could be said that his flaws were his strengths, and his strengths were his flaws. On a purely technical  ...

3000 Miles to Graceland

It's no big secret that in 21st century Hollywood, scripts are sold and movies go into production based on "trailer moments" - those one-liners, action sequences and special effects shots that serve as fodder for the two-minute promos designed  ...

Angel’s Ladies

"Go west, young man!" So goes the rallying cry of Manifest Destiny, the beckoning of American exploration, and often, the pillaging of the “wild west.” Take a step forward to modern times, and such ghostly whispers can be heard  ...