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.  ...

The Port of Last Resort

... The score for the film (by John Zorn) on a CD called: Film Works VIII: 1997 The story of the flight of Jewish refugees to Shanghai during the years preceding World War II  ...

The Road Home

Director Zhang Yimou started his film career as a cinematographer and that experience shows in the films he has directed, including such visually stunning works as Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern. More recently, Not One Less earned  ...

The Trial

Easy-to-use 16oz teapot and four gourmet tea samples See a brief video demonstration Even in his less successful movies - and The Trial must be counted among those - Orson Welles worked at the leading edge  ...

Waking Ned Devine

Waking Ned Devine has been a surprise hit for writer/director Kirk Jones who debuts with this light-as-a-feather comedy. It is hard to imagine anyone not having a good time meeting the charming and mischievous Irish men and women in  ...

The Widow of St. Pierre

Director Patrice Leconte doesn't mess around with minor themes. Whether on the more intimate scale of fascinating Monsieur Hire (1989) or the more recent Girl on the Bridge (1999), or on the grander scale of French costume drama like  ...