Stolen Kisses

Francois Truffaut’s charming 1968 romantic comedy, Stolen Kisses, opened in France four months after the paralyzing May strikes by students and workers that nearly succeeded in toppling the government of President Charles de Gaulle. The film was so thoroughly  ...

Burn After Reading

When talking about a movie, usually we refer to the characters by their names in the film, although sometimes we refer to the characters by the actors who played the roles. In the case of Burn After Reading,  ...

42 Up

42 Up: 'Give Me the Child Until He Is Seven and I Will Show You the Man' (Companion volume to the film, edited by Bennett L. Singer) 42 Up, the latest installment in Michael  ...

Bait

Shelly Long. Tom Selleck. Ted Danson. The roll call of TV celebrities who have had a tough time jumping from the cathode ray tube to the silver screen is a long and not so illustrious one. Jamie Foxx is  ...

Blood Simple

The reissue of Joel Coen’s and Ethan Coen’s 1984 Blood Simple contains a brief tongue-in-cheek prologue in which a tweedy Clifton Fadiman clone puts aside a leather-bound tome long enough to extol the merits of "this exquisite masterpiece." (It’s  ...

Boiler Room

Suggested reading: The Boiler Room and Other Telephone Sales Scams (1998), Robert Joseph Stevenson It's often said that there are only seven (five, twelve – take your pick) stories in the world, the rest  ...

Buena Vista Social Club

The Cinema of Wim Wenders: Image, Narrative, and the Postmodern Condition (1997), Roger F. Cook (Editor) Buena Vista Social Club For voice, piano and guitar chords. From the motion picture  ...

Dark City

Dark City has been compared to Blade Runner, a 1982 sci fi wonder from Ridley Scott that starred Harrison Ford. Would that Dark City were half as good. The best sci fi or horror films - the  ...

Dinosaur

... home | art & architecture | books & cds | dance | destinations | film | opera | television | theater | archives The opening scenes of Dinosaur are an astounding technical  ...

Driven

Driven is not so much a film as a two-hour video game, minus audience participation. Spectacular car crashes and special effects surround two-dimensional characters and a story so cliched and false that one never gets involved beyond waiting  ...