One Night at McCool’s

One Night at McCool’s has a promising opening. Matt Dillon is a jilted, luckless bartender named Randy. When we first see him he’s entering a bingo parlor to hire a hit-man named Mr. Burmeister. Burmeister turns out to be  ...

Ratcatcher

Lynne Ramsay's debut feature film is a wrenching contrast of elegant film-making with the bleakest of subject matter in unrelievedly grim surroundings. In the slums of Glasgow, by a fetid, polluted canal, 12 year old James Gillespie lives with  ...

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  ...

Tango

Carlos Saura has a long term and well earned reputation as a maker of beautiful films, particularly films built around dance. Blood Wedding, Carmen, and Flamenco (all available on video - see link below) are particularly worthy of note.  ...

Waking the Dead

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead is like a dorm room bull session, an all-night round of self-righteousness and moralizing, shrilly earnest pontification  ...

Wild Man Blues

Suggested reading: The Films of Woody Allen (Cambridge Film Classics) (1993), Sam B. Girgus Perspectives on Woody Allen (Persectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred (1995), Richard A. Blake  ...

Elegy: culturevulture.net -film review

Directed by Isabel Coixet Written by Nicholas Meyer (adapted from the novel The Dying Animal by Philip Roth) Starring: Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Deborah Harry Run Time: 106 minutes MPAA rating: R http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/ Elegy  ...

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  ...