Broken Vessels

Whatever happened to films that were impolite enough to scare the hell out of their audiences? I’m talking about movies like Taxi Driver or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, movies that took you all the way inside the  ...

Cecil B. Demented

Whether you call it guerrilla filmmaking, outlaw cinema or the underground movie scene, there is no doubt that John Waters is one of the heroes of the pioneering movement that led to the current independent film boom. Displaying an  ...

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  ...

Fever

No wonder Nick Parker (Henry Thomas), the central character of Alex Winter's film, Fever, suffers the full panoply of New York alienation disorder – faces constantly close up in eerie light will induce paranoia in just about anyone. But  ...

Hanging Up

Hanging Up ostensibly depicts how the members of a dysfunctional family deal with death and their evolving relationships with each other. But just as a family consists of more than a group of individuals, a film needs to be  ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A large theater. A full house of predominantly young viewers, a little restless, a little rambunctious. The lights go down, the show begins, the chatter stops and attention is rapt for the next two hours, the only sounds that  ...

No One Writes to the Colonel

Elegant Handcrafted and Individually Dyed Mesh Silk Poncho No One Writes to the Colonel, Arturo Ripstein's film based on a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novella, is about hope sustained in the face of dashed expectations,  ...

Reindeer Games

Jamoca Chocolate Kahlua Cake It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas? Either someone at Dimension Films neglected to flip the last couple of pages on the release calendar or  ...

Romeo Must Die

Jet Li is a former National Wushu champion in his native China who first appeared on US audiences' radar screens in a major way via some pyrotechnic fights that provided the only interesting parts of 1998's lethargic Lethal Weapon  ...

Say It Isn’t So

There isn’t much gray area in moviegoers' opinions of the Farrelly brothers.They find films like Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something About Mary either asphyxiatingly funny - or mind-numbing swill.Say It Isn't So is being promoted as the  ...