Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You has a somewhat jumbled story to tell, weaving together a mixture of material from Joyce Carol Oates short stories. Director Lisanne Skyler, who also co-wrote the screenplay, uses both flashbacks and stories within the story,  ...

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  ...

Ichigensan

Ichigensan is writer/director Isao Morimoto's first feature film and it is a triumph. From his camera panning slowly across the Ryooanji Monastery in Kyoto, to the stunning way he makes us pause as sightless Kyoko seduces Swiss literature student  ...

The Last Days

Suggested reading: Admitting the Holocaust - Collected Essays (1995), Lawrence L. Langer After Long Silence - A Memoir (1999), Helen Fremont After Survival - One Man's Mission in the Cause of Memory (1998), Leon  ...

Monsieur Hire

Monsieur Hire is a detective story that utterly transcends the genre. The elements of the detective story are all there: a crime (the murder of a 22 year old girl), a cop (unlikable, meanly intrusive), a suspect (Monsieur Hire  ...

My Name is Joe

. CV has been a Ken Loach fan for some time now, remembering not only his films focused on the lives of working class people (Riff-Raff, Ladybird Ladybird) but also his fine Spanish Civil War movie, Land and Freedom.  ...

Restaurant

Chris, Jeanine, Kenny, Reggae, Quincy and Nancy work at an upscale restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey, across the river from New York City. Leslie used to work there. Chris (Adrien Brody) likes Jeanine (Elise Neal) but hasn't really  ...

Solomon and Gaenor

Solomon and Gaenor is a first feature film for writer/director Paul Morrison, a documentarian crossing over to romantic drama. Morrison brings a fine director's eye to this production; the experience of his earlier filmmaking shows in his knowing use  ...

Sweet and Lowdown

Suggested reading: Woody Allen: A Biography (1999), John Baxter Django's Gypsies: The Mystique of Django Reinhardt and His People - A Unique Collection of Photographs, Illustrations, Memorabilia and Quotations (1997), Ian Cruickshank  ...

Two Women

Two Women is in no way related to the memorable 1961 Vittorio De Sica film that won Sophia Loren an Academy Award. One wonders whether the director of the current effort knows that fine film whose title she has  ...