Himalaya – l’enfance d’un chef

The very word of the title, Himalaya, evokes both exotic Eastern cultures and landscapes of impossibly high, snow-topped mountains. Both are offered generously in this visually stunning film made by Eric Valli, a Frenchman who has lived in Nepal  ...

Innocence

During the 1980's Paul Cox was one of the players in the Australian film renaissance and he created a series of quirky, character-driven films like Lonely Hearts, Man of Flowers, and My First Wife. All had an idiosyncratic charm  ...

Joe Dirt

The impending Writers Guild strike has many in Hollywood quaking in their boots. They needn't worry. If Joe Dirt is any indication, the script has become a completely superfluous element of film production. While the movie does boast writing  ...

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential (1997) ... 1998 Academy Awards: Best Actress - Kim Basinger Best Screenplay - Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland Buy it at Art.com  ...

Saving Grace

Michael O'Donohue said it best: "If marijuana doesn't cause brain damage, then why do so many teenagers think Cheech and Chong are funny?" Saving Grace is like a British Cheech and Chong movie, with one, endlessly repeated gag:  ...

Sugar Town

It's a perversely satisfying thrill to see a movie about rock and roll has-beens starring two fallen teen idols (Duran Duran's John Taylor and Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp), a could've-been (X's John Doe) and a never-was-but-at-least-I-married-a-famous-groupie (Michael Des Barres).  ...

That Championship Season

That Championship Season is a great remake of the Jason Miller classic, which revolves around four of five players who were the stars of their high school's improbable state basketball championship twenty years earlier. Now in their late  ...

True Crime

I like Clint Eastwood's new directorial and star vehicle, True Crime. I recommend it to Eastwood lovers and non-Eastwood lovers, people who believe the justice system is flawed, opponents of capital punishment, people who like James Woods and car chases,  ...

Wing Commander

Earth year: 2564. The sallow faced Confederation commander stands on the bridge of the star cruiser, which is being threatened with destruction by the hated alien Kilrathi. As the ship carrying our heroes observes complete radio silence, hoping the  ...

A Christmas Tale: culturevulture.net -film review

Written and Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Cosigny, Chiara Mastroianni MPAA rating: Unrated Run Time: 143 minutes http://www.bacfilms.com/site/conte/ Arnaud Desplechin is contemporary French cinema’s purest descendent of its Nouvelle Vague. He displays Jacques  ...