Tea with Mussolini

Franco Zeffirelli has been around a long time, involved in film making for fifty years, directing opera, sometimes combining the two. When he does Shakespeare, he is a "popularizer," as Roger Ebert put it. Zeffirelli's film versions of Hamlet  ...

Titan A.E.

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com An audience must be engaged in a willing suspension of disbelief for a film to work. We really have to believe that the Millennium Falcon  ...

Up at the Villa

Up at the Villa opens with a party of Anglo-American expatriates in Florence, Italy, just around the time of the 1938 Munich peace talks. The ex-pats are dancing full-tilt to a jazz band, kicking and swinging in time to  ...

Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment

The fact that John Wallowitch and Bertram Ross are darlings of the New York cabaret world is completely understandable. These two septuagenarians are sophisticated, charming, and eminently lovable. Wallowitch composes hilariously comic and wistfully romantic songs which he then  ...

William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories

Science fiction author William Gibson is best known for 1984's Neuromancer, a novel often credited with jump-starting the cyberpunk genre. Set in a virtual landscape of rapid-fire connections and published long before the World Wide Web extended its tentacles  ...

The Ladies Man

Over the years, Saturday Night Live has morphed from a relevant showcase for up-and-coming comedic talent and occasionally biting satire into a development laboratory for producer Lorne Michaels' SNL Studios film division. The pattern is now firmly established: A  ...

The Bone Collector

Hollywood producers would be well advised to screen The Bone Collector the next time they wonder why they’re despised in so many corners of American society. This one movie should answer all of their questions. Directed by Phillip Noyce  ...

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous continues the trend of dark satire on the screen, which would include such films as Happiness and the French Sitcom. More specifically we are in a subgenre which we could call high school flick cum  ...

The Filth and the Fury

Suggested reading: Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1990), Greil Marcus Rotten - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs: The authorized Autobiography Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols (1995), John Lydon  ...