Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, actress Joan Chen’s directorial debut, is a restrained and heartfelt work about the tenacity of youthful dreams and the finality of their demise. Near the end of Mao’s Cultural Revolution,  ...

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Henry Darger. That is the name that hovers behind this 2002 documentary film, How To Draw A Bunny, by John Walter, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, and details the life and wannabe  ...

Affliction

.. One of the very best films of 1997 was The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan's adaptation of the brilliant novel by Russell Banks. Now we have another fine Banks novel, Affliction, brought to the screen by another first rate director,  ...

Anna and the King

In 1862, an English widow named Anna Leonowens became court teacher to the enormous brood of Mongkut, the King of Siam. Her story, best known from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, is usually told as  ...

Baise-Moi

How far out does a movie have to be for it to get banned in France? Baise-Moi (Fuck Me), the film that Virginie Despentes adapted from her novel and co-directed with Coralie Trin-Thi, can’t be shown in its home  ...

Brokedown Palace

There is nothing wrong with Brokedown Palace that a tighter screenplay couldn't have fixed. The photography is first-rate, Claire Danes (Little Women, My So-Called Life) is excellent and the rest of the actors are more than adequate. The story  ...

Frequency

Time travel has long been a favored theme among science fiction fans. Literary works like H.G. Wells' The Time Machine have crossed-over to general interest readers, and, of course, the movies recycle the premise frequently. Some films, like  ...

God Said ‘Ha’

Cancer Combat: Cancer Survivors Share Their Guerrilla Tactics to Help You Win the Fight of Your Life (1998), Dean King (Editor) No More Bad Hair Days: A Woman's Journey Through Cancer, Chemotherapy and Coping (1997), Susan Sturges  ...

Hideous Kinky

. My movie friend, the Romantic Comedy Wimp, with whom I saw Gillies Mackinnon's new film Hideous Kinky, loved it. Since it had beautiful scenery (filmed in Morocco in palettes of glorious yellow and burnt orange), mystical music from the  ...

The Hurricane

When accepting last year's Irving Thalberg Award at the Oscars, Director Norman Jewison advised: "Just find some good stories to move people to laughter and tears. Never mind the gross, the Top 10, the demographics. Just make films about  ...