Diary of a Chambermaid

The films of Luis Bunuel (1900-1983) are challenging, characterized by frequent excursions into the surreal, and by ambiguities and abstractions that demand active thinking on the part of the viewer. His Diary of a Chambermaid, a darkly droll work,has  ...

Eyes Wide Shut

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach At his best Stanley Kubrick was one of cinema’s masters – his filmic sense utterly dwarfed that of all but a  ...

The General

The General is John Boorman's gritty, factual biopic based on the life of Martin Cahill, a Dublin gangster who emerged with major notoriety in the 1980s as the mastermind of a series of audacious robberies. It is an  ...

Hollow Man

If and when we daydream about being miraculously endowed with super-powers, how many of us fantasize about using our new abilities to help our fellow man? The typical Marvel comics superhero receives his power through some terrible accident (usually  ...

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

... There is much to admire in Lovers of the Arctic Circle. Its writer/director, Julio Medem has a fresh and original viewpoint and virtually floods the screen with ideas. His film looks not quite like anyone else's, although, please,  ...

My Best Fiend

In this intriguing documentary, German director Werner Herzog retraces his steps behind the scenes of several of his well-known films, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, to offer a personal portrait of his "dearest enemy" or "best  ...

Play It to the Bone

Ron Shelton is a brilliant, if uneven, filmmaker, yet his films are so modest, it's easy to overlook his originality. In his best work - Cobb, White Men Can't Jump, Bull Durham - he's completely retooled the sports film.  ...

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

Moviegoers seeking respite from ponderous three-hour action epics could probably do worse than The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, a hyperactive update of the 1960's cartoon series featuring the flying squirrel and the dim-witted moose. The movie is like  ...

The Skulls

The Order of the Skull and Bones is a secret society founded at Yale University in the early 1800's. Legend has it that only 15 students per year are plucked from the top ranks of the junior class to  ...