Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day At Black Rock, a film which proves that the glaring sun on a baked-dry desert town can provide all the meanness of any urban jungle. This fascinating, bitter drama etches a portrait of American racism and misanthropy in  ...

Before Night Falls

Biopics about writers don't come along often--Zola, Burroughs, a few others. Perhaps the reason lies in the difficulty of translating into film terms a process that is essentially internal. A painter can be observed painting, a dancer, dancing. Composers  ...

The Cider House Rules

The film versions of John Irving�s novels (The World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire) have seen varied results with the author�s typically quirky mix of eccentric characters, nostalgia and sentiment. With The Cider House Rules, Irving has finally  ...

Cotton Mary

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Ismail Merchant, who was born in India, has placed a number of his films there. Frequently working with his partner James Ivory, their filmography includes Bombay Talkie, The Courtesans  ...

Endurance

Endurance is The Documentary That Won't End about the Man Who Won't Stop Running. The subject of the film is Ethiopian championship distance runner Haile Gebreselassie (played by himself). The subtitle is: "In the heart of a champion is  ...

Fantasia/2000

. The original 1940 Fantasia was Walt Disney's attempt to bring great serious music to the mass market, making it palatable by "interpreting" it with animated images. The segment of the film that worked best was "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a  ...

The Grandfather

The Grandfather opens with a shot of a framed photograph sitting on a table, a picture of a mother and her two daughters. The camera pulls back and reveals a luxurious room, all ochres and golds, yellow roses, brocade  ...

Morvern Callar

Lynne Ramsay's first feature film, Ratcatcher, was a stunning debut, a film with style and substance that portrayed growing up in miserable poverty in Glasgow with both power and originality. Her new film, Morvern Callar, based on a novel  ...

Paragraph 175

Suggested reading: Men With the Pink Triangle: The True, Life-And-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps (1994), Heinz Heger The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals (1988), Richard Plant While  ...

Pollock

The story is told that eight year old Jonathan Chang, who gives an astonishingly poised performance in Yi Yi, was asked if he wanted to be an actor when he grows up. "No," he replied, "I want to be  ...