The Thirteenth Floor

The Thirteenth Floor is like a failed romance. When we meet we are full of hope. The screenwriter courts us with a unique science fiction premise, the actors work hard to convince us, and the direction and cinematography  ...

Topsy-Turvy

There was a 1953 movie variously called The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan and The Great Gilbert and Sullivan. It had a star-studded cast, but, unfortunately it isn't available on video - unfortunately because it is hard to imagine  ...

Twice Upon a Yesterday

Knit Tank Top Scoop Neckline by P.I.Sport N.Y. Maria Ripoll's Twice Upon a Yesterday plays with time as does another excellent current film, Run, Lola, Run. Lola examines different outcomes of  ...

The Woman Chaser

Charles Willeford was one of the luckiest authors ever to have his novels put onto film: few writers have seen adaptations of their work infested with so many touches of dark, indelible wit. In Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter, it was  ...

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer has an improbable back-story that emerges as the plot trudges forward. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer, the father, husband, and washed-up astronaut-in-training of the film’s title. Farmer’s own  ...

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Al Franken: God Spoke (2006) Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus, directors www.godspokefilm.com A funny thing happened to Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus on the way to making their documentary on Reverend Al Sharpton. While  ...

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Le Petit Lieutenant is an absorbing French police procedural drama that follows the initiation of a young lieutenant into a Paris plain-clothes detective unit. Antoine Derouère (Jalil Lespert) is an amiable, naïve, yet ambitious  ...

OUT 1 (1971)

OUT 1 (1971) Like any other art or craft, cinema has its share of obsessive aesthetes. Among these cinephiles, there exist certain rare objects of legend that only the most devout pursue. Think  ...

Triad Election

Triad Election In the hey day of Hong Kong cinema, that is, the early 1990s, one would be surprised to hear that a decade later, Johnnie To, would be the most industrious director working in the  ...

A Simple Plan

A Simple Plan has been heavily promoted as director Sam Raimi's graduation from the B-movie ranks. He demonstrates here a high degree of technical skill, accomplishing some handsome mood building with snow scenes, hovering crows, a fox in the  ...