Bossa Nova

Bruno Barreto’s Bossa Nova has all the earmarks of a work that was made by a happy man – perhaps a man who’s too happy. It registers the ups and downs of romantic relationships in a way that doesn’t  ...

Butterfly

Hollywood "rite of passage" pictures often use skeletal plots with a last-second moral or two thrown in to justify yet another teen-focused story depicting more peephole-level sex and bodily functions than personal growth or enlightenment. Butterfly (La Lengua de  ...

Charlie’s Angels

With autumn comes crisper temperatures, colorful foliage, and the return of serious, adult fare to the megaplex. This is the time of year when the studios put away their loud, overpriced summer toys and roll out the Oscar contenders  ...

Committed

Committed (2000) Buy it at MovieGoods.com Some movies are like cinematic Advil: they dull the throb of life without  ...

Election

Most movies engage their audiences by making them "care" about character(s). This one does not. There is no one to like. As a matter of fact, the movie treats everyone in it with an equal amount of contempt. That  ...

Get Bruce

One of the most revolting sights in the world occurs when celebrities lavish praise on those "little people" who work behind the scenes, so it would seem unlikely that a movie like Get Bruce! could stir anything in an  ...

Goodbye Lover

Goodbye Lover is a real change of pace for director Roland Joffe, whose previous major work (The Killing Fields, The Mission) was on a rather epic scale. We liked his 1995 adaptation of The Scarlet Letter more than most  ...

Ikiru

Suggested reading: Eros in Hell; Sex Blood & Madness in Japanese Cinema (1998), Jack Hunter The Japanese Film: Art and Industry (1983), Joseph L. Anderson Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the  ...

Last Resort

Making films is a collaborative process, involving many creative people under the helm of the director. The bigger and more complex the production, the bigger the creative team, all too often resulting in a loss of the personal, human  ...